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Dupree, Tate, Mazza advance
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Ceres High's Kevin Dupree, Ross Tate and Jessica Mazza will be competing in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Meet at Sacramento City College's Hughes Stadium this week.

"All of them have the potential to be in the finals," said Ceres coach Drew Brown.

Dupree, Tate and Mazza qualified by finishing in the top 10 in their respective events at last week's section finals at UC Davis.

Dupree, a sophomore, finished seventh with a personal-best leap of 21 feet, 81/2 inches in the long jump.

"It's not surprising at all," Brown said. "He can go over 22 feet."

Tate finished seventh in the high jump. The sophomore cleared 6 feet, 2 inches.

"The last two weeks he's been struggling," Brown said. "Sometimes, he tries to hard."

Tate remained relaxed at the section championships. He also had fresh legs as he cleared 5-10 and 6-0 on his first attempt.

Tate almost matched his personal-best mark.

"He had a great third attempt on 6-4," Brown said. "He was over the bar. He just clipped it with his foot."

Mazza tied for ninth in the high jump. The junior cleared 4-10.

"This year, she's more serious with the high jump. And it's paying off," Brown said.

The top nine placers at trials advance to the finals, which are being held on the same day.

Dupree and Mazza will compete on Thursday. Tate will jump on Friday.

"I expect all three to have personal records," Brown said.

The top three placers move on to the CIF State Meet at Hughes Stadium the following week.

Dawgs don't qualify

Eleven Bulldogs failed to advance past the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Track and Field Championships at UC Davis this past week.

"I'm not disappointed at all," Drew Brown said. "The competition was real tough."

Karrah Brown took 13th in a field of 32 in the 3,200 meters. The junior completed the two-mile race in 12 minutes, 16 seconds. She finished the first mile in 5:57.

"That was her best time of the year," Drew said. "If she ran 12:05, she would have advanced."

Sophomore Heather Jones took 14th in the 300 hurdles in 51.46 seconds and 15th in the 100 hurdles in 17.68 seconds.

"She ran a great 300 and struggled in the 100," Brown said.

Senior Chris Gregg took 16th in the 300 hurdles in 41.68 seconds and 18th in the 110 hurdles in 16.56 seconds.

Senior Ryan Leazer took 24th in the 200 in 24.09 seconds and 26th in the 100 in 11.96 seconds.

"It was my worse track meet ever," Leazer said. "I choked big time."

Senior James Gmachowski took 18th in the discus at 123-9 and 26th in the shot put at 41-23/4.

Senior Melanie Vega took 18th in the shot put at 31-73/4.

Sophomore Melanie Casey took 24th in the triple jump at 30-53/4 and tied for 27th in the long jump at 14-101/2.

Senior Charlie Cunha tied for 24th in the long jump at 19-11.

Junior Laura Morales took 26th in the 200 in 30.14 seconds.

Junior Daniel Munoz took 25th in the 200 in 24.11 seconds.

Senior Vanessa Graham took 27th in the 400 in a personal-best time of 1:06.72.

The 4x400 relay team of Munoz, Leazer, Hale and Gregg placed 21st in 3:40.47.

The 4x100 relay team of Munoz, Leazer, Cunha and Kevin Dupree was disqualified for not wearing matching uniforms.

"It was a downer," Leazer said. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier