Tough competition brought the best out of Ceres High varsity boys track and field standout Daniel Yepez at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Championships last Thursday at Stockton's Cesar Chavez High School.
"I exceeded my expectations," he said.
Yepez, a junior, set a personal record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.78 seconds.
He finished in fourth place.
Daniel secured an individual berth to Masters.
"To be honest, it was a surprise," Yepez said. "My goal was to get to Masters in the triple jump. I'm more comfortable doing that event. Seeing people ahead of me (in the 300 hurdles) made me push myself to keep up with them. Practicing middle distance helped improve my stamina."
Daniel placed eighth in the triple jump (38-8).
Bulldog teammates Joseph Gutierrez, Aaron Alarcon, Andrew Gibson, Kendrick Perata, Justin Barnes and Jorge Tiscareno competed at the Division-IV meet as well.
Gutierrez placed seventh in the 1,600 (4:49).
Alarcon placed seventh in the 800 (2:08) and 10th in the triple jump (37-10).
Aaron set a PR in the 800 (2:07.71) during trials.
Gibson placed 10th in the 110 hurdles (18.12).
Perata placed 11th in the 800 (2:12).
Barnes placed 11th in the 3,200 (11:43).
Justin set a PR.
Tiscareno placed ninth in the pole vault (11-2).
Jorge set a PR.
The Bulldogs (five points) posted the 15th-best team score at Divisionals.
Yepez will compete at the Masters meet this Thursday at Elk Grove High School.
"I'd be happy if I PR'd," Yepez said. "It will be a challenge."