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Tate wins high jump at County Meet
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Ross Tate didn't pump his fist or pound his chest. He didn't scream. The Ceres High sophomore put on his gray hooded sweatshirt and waited.

Tate won the high jump competition after Modesto High's Patrick Lucas and Pitman's Frank Sanders failed to clear 6 feet, 2 inches.

Tate cleared the height, which was a personal record, on his third and final attempt. He missed all three attempts at 6-4.

"I'm feeling good," Tate said. "Hopefully, I can go higher. I'm going to keep training."

Tate's victory helped the Ceres High varsity boys track and field team secure a third-place finish at the Stanislaus County Meet at Modesto Junior College on Friday.

The Bulldogs tallied 65 points. Riverbank won the team title (76.50) and Modesto High finished second (76).

Ceres received strong efforts from Charlie Cunha, James Gmachoswki, Dingko Luangchai, Ryan Leazer, Daniel Munoz, Brandon Hale, Bennie Perez, Noel Valencia, John Cook and Chris Gregg.

Cunha placed second in the long jump at 20-3 and third in the triple jump at 40-1.

Gmachoswki placed second in the shot put at 44-111/4 and fourth in the discus at 124-31/2.

Luangchai placed third in the long jump at 19-81/4, and fourth in the high jump at 5-10 and triple jump at 391/2.

Leazer placed fourth in the 200 in 24.20 seconds and fifth in the 100 in 12 seconds.

The 4x100-relay team of Leazer, Munoz, Luangchai and Cunha placed fourth in 45.39 seconds.

Munoz placed fifth in the 200 in 24.40 seconds and seventh in the 100 in 12.32 seconds.

Hale placed fifth in the 400 in 54.83 seconds.

Perez placed sixth in the 3,200 in 11:13.70 and eighth in the 1,600 in 4:57.70.

Valencia and Cook tied for seventh in the 3,200 at 11:27.90.

Gregg placed seventh in the 300 hurdles in 46.45 seconds.

Varsity girls place ninth

The Bulldogs accumulated 24 points en route to a ninth-place finish at the County Meet.

Pitman placed first (105) and Modesto High took second (101).

The Bulldogs were led by Heather Jones, Jessica Mazza, Melanie Vega, Melanie Casey, Juliana Trejo, Jan Lu, Vianay Rosas, Carmen Kong, Vanessa Graham and Brandie Fillman.

Jones placed third in the 300-meter hurdles in 52.75 and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.40 seconds.

Mazza, Turlock's Emi Arnett and Pitman's Elizabeth Boydson tied for fourth in the high jump. They cleared 4 feet, 6 inches.

Vega placed fourth in the shot put with a toss of 30-91/4.

Casey placed fifth in the triple jump at 30-31/2 and ninth in the long jump at 12-3.

Trejo placed ninth in the discus with a toss of 73-91/2.

Lu placed eighth in the triple jump at 26-61/2.

Rosas placed ninth in the 800 at 2:48.70.

Kong placed 10th in the long jump at 11-83/4.

Graham placed 10th in the 400 at 1:08.86.

Brandie Fillman placed 10th in the shot at 27-13/4.