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CHS, CV track & field athletes qualify for Masters
Bulldog Connor Johnson second in shot put
Ceres Highs 4x100 relay team of Cordell Dennis (pictured), Andrew Gibson, Johnny Hutson and Zyier Harrison took fifth at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V finals. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity boys track and field team had multiple medalists at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Championships this past week at Cal State Stanislaus.

Conner Johnson, Marcellus Boykins, Zyier Harrison, Andrew Gibson, Cordell Dennis and Johnny Hutson finished in the top five in their events and secured berths to the Masters competition.

Johnson placed second in the shot put (49-61/2) and ninth in the discus (101-11).

"I'm not satisfied just going to Masters," Johnson said. "State is my big goal. I'm hoping I can progress and throw 51 to 52 feet."

Conner set a personal record with a throw of 50 feet in the shot put en route to winning his third straight Western Athletic Conference title the previous week.

"Last year, I was all upper body," Johnson said. "This year, I've focused on combining everything, using my hips and legs. I upgraded my technique from a two-step to a glide. That's contributed to my success."

Boykins placed third in the triple jump (43-0) at the Division IV-V finals.

Harrison placed fourth in the 100 (11.20).

Ceres High's 4x100 relay team of Gibson, Dennis, Hutson and Harrison placed fifth (44.64).

Ceres High's 4x400 relay team of Harrison, Hutson, Boykins and Christian Linarez just missed qualifying for Masters.

Harrison, Hutson, Boykins and Linarez placed sixth (3:35.88).

Linarez also fell short in his individual race.

Christian placed sixth in the 1,600 (4:46.51).

Noah Holloway placed 10th in the 1,600 (5:02.33).

The Bulldogs totaled 22 points on their way to finishing in 10th place in the team standings.

Central Valley's boys track and field team totaled two points while placing 15th.

Central Valley's 4x400 relay team of Chase Bogart, Estevan Barragan, Sebastian Pena and Andres Rojo advanced to Masters.

Bogart, Barragan, Pena and Rojo placed fifth (3:35.75).

Enrique Martinez placed eighth in the 3,200 (10:40.28).

Alejandro Saucedo placed eighth in the 300 hurdles. He was disqualified for a trail-leg violation.

Patric Senesom placed 11th in the 110 hurdles (18.76).

The Masters meet will be staged on May 25 and 26 at Elk Grove High School.