Seniors Isaac Vizcaino and Daniel Yepez represented Ceres High’s varsity boys track and field program at the Sac-Joaquin Section Meet this past week at Davis Sr. High School.
Yepez and Vizcaino competed in the 800 and 300 hurdles, respectively, on Friday.
Both Bulldog athletes saw their prep athletic careers end during trials.
“It didn’t hit me until I walked to my coaches after the race,” Yepez said. “I didn’t cry. But I was sad. I’m going to miss the bonds I made with my teammates. We’re each going our separate ways.”
“I’m glad I made it to that level and got that experience before college."Isaac Vizcaino
“I’m glad I made it to that level and got that experience before college,” said Vizcaino, who plans to continue his running career at the next level.
Yepez, a two-time Masters participant, finished 19th overall with a time of 41.87 seconds.
“There’s not much I could have done better,” he said. “I went out there and tried my best. There was added pressure knowing it could be my last race. I was trying to keep pace with the faster people so they could help me reach a PR. That messed me up. It got me tired quicker and I couldn’t maintain my speed.”
Yepez set a personal record (41.11) en route to claiming a second-place medal in the 300 hurdles at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Championships the previous week.
He took second in the 300 hurdles (42.20), 110 hurdles (17.02) and triple jump (39-111/2) at the Western Athletic Conference finals. He set PRs in the 110 hurdles and triple jump.
“I’m not disappointed with what I accomplished this season,” he said. “My coaches pushed me to do my best.”
“I’m still not sure if I’m going to do track in college,” Yepez added. “I’m going to focus on academics first and see what comes with track.”
Vizcaino, a transfer from Modesto High, placed 23rd with a time of 2:04.70.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t PR,” he said. “Instead of focusing on the times on the heat sheets, I should have run my race. I should have gone out faster.”
Vizcaino set a personal record (2:00.31) while taking third in the 800 at Divisionals.
He placed first (2:06) at the Western Athletic Conference finals.
“I surprised myself this year,” said Vizcaino, who finished dead last (2:11.22) in the 800 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-I preliminaries as a junior. “I put in the work at practice.”