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Green, Tate off to National Junior Olympics
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"We were motivated," Green said. "We wanted to do well."

Seeded fifth, Ray failed to place in the Young Men Division's triple jump on Thursday at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

"I'm not upset because it won't be the last time I do the triple jump," he said.

Ray scratched three times in the third heat of the 45-person competition.

"I just got too hyped up when the crowd was clapping before each attempt," Green said. "I should have kept my composure and exerted all of my energy into my jumps instead of my running.

"Other than that, I jumped good. I was landing towards the 50-foot mark but they just didn't count. I would have placed in the top eight easily."

Tate finished in 21st place in a field of 27 in the high jump. He cleared 6 feet and three-quarters of an inch.

The U.S. National Junior Olympic Track and Field Meet featured over 6,000 athletes in five age divisions.

"It was a good experience," Green said. "The whole crowd got into it."

Ray and Ross will continue their track and field careers at UC Davis. They leave for school on Sept. 24.

Green and Tate will train for the remainder of the summer at Ceres High School.

They're following a taxing program that was created by their new coach. They run (seven categories) and lift weights (three cycles) every day.

Each session lasts two hours.

"It's strenuous," Green said.

Ray had a memorable senior year at Ceres High. He earned a fourth-place medal at the CIF State Track and Field Championships. Green shattered his own school record with a vault of 49 feet, one-half inch on his way to a first-place finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet. He also captured the Divison III and Valley Oak League crowns.

Ross qualified for state championships and won the Modesto Metro Conference title as a junior. He claimed Division III and VOL crowns this past season.