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Gibson, Brewster moving on
Ceres High athletes compete at Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V event
Sophomore Azia Brewster placed fifth in the high jump at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Track & Field Championships last week at Cal State Stanislaus. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR/The Courier

Ceres High varsity track and field members Seth Gibson and Azia Brewster will compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters competition this week in Elk Grove.

Brewster and Gibson qualified for the meet after turning in standout performances at the Division IV-V Championships last week at Cal State Stanislaus.

The top five placers in each event advanced to Masters.

Azia cleared a personal-best 5 feet, 1 inch while finishing in fifth place in the high jump on Thursday.

Brewster took 11th in the 100 hurdles (16.96 seconds) and 14th in the long jump (14-81/2) on May 19.

She tied for eighth place (4-11) in the high jump at Masters as a freshman.

"I'm really excited for her," Bulldogs head coach Brett Johnson said. "She's a young athlete. Last year, she didn't understand what she accomplished. She wants to go further this year."

Gibson bested his personal record while placing third in the 110 hurdles (15.29) on Thursday.

"He ran a really good race," Johnson said. "He's been pretty consistent all year long. He's an extremely hard worker. He's got his goals set really high."

Tristan Dray posted the fastest time in the 110 hurdles (15.07) during trials on May 19.

Seeded first for finals, Dray scratched so he could attend Ceres High's senior class trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain.

"He would have had a good shot to move on and beat the school record," Johnson said.

Dray might continue his track and field career at Modesto Junior College next spring.

"He has a unique ability to do a lot of events that decathletes do," Johnson said. "He's a talented kid. He's very coachable."

Ceres High's 4x100 relay team of Gibson, Dray, Ulises Diaz and Kevin Moita placed third (44.31) in the trials.

Kevin finished the race despite pulling a hamstring.

The Bulldogs had to scratch from the 4x100 and 4x400 relay events due to Moita's injury. "We were in first place by 15 meters when he injured it," Johnson said. "I felt so bad for him."

Sophomore Marcellus Boykins placed sixth in the triple jump (41-101/2) and eighth in the long jump (20-31/2).

Luis Calderon placed 15th in the shot put (40-13/4).

Veeti Partanen failed to clear the opening height (11-8) in the pole vault.

Sydney Elness placed 11th in the triple jump (31-111/2).

Sophomore Mallynda Benjamin placed 17th in the 100 (13.32).

Haleigh Leazer placed 20th in the 1,600 (6:15.52).

Ceres High's 4x400 relay team of Yasmine Cordova, Destiny Adams, Claudia Jimenez and Kaylee Holloway placed 11th (4:31.38).

Ceres High's 4x100 relay team of Brewster, Jimenez, Adams and Benjamin placed 12th (53.30).