Pacheco runners sprint past Los Banos

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comApril 18, 2013 

With Wednesday's track and field win over Los Banos, the Pacheco athletes are on a course for a possible league co-championship.

Pacheco's boys team is now 4-1 -- the only loss was to Central Valley two weeks ago -- and is tied with Livingston for the league lead. Livingston and CV met on Thursday (results were unavailable at press time).

Pacheco's girls have two losses, and are tied with Los Banos and Ceres.

"We do have a lot of new kids. We have kids breaking records every week," Pacheco coach Laura Barger said. "They haven't plateaued yet, which is good. We have a lot of numbers, so we have a lot of depth."

On Wednesday, Pacheco's boys defeated LB 99-32, and the Pacheco girls won 59-58. Both are in line for a league co-championship, which would be the first in any sport for Pacheco.

"That's why they were so pumped yesterday. They knew it was a possibility," Barger said. "After yesterday's win, there's one school in our way."

For the girls, Pacheco's Gloria Kandeh won both the 100 (12.77 seconds) and 200-meter (27.88) dashes. In the 400, Manisha Thomas closed against LB's Keiloni Smith down the backstretch, when Smith tired against the wind. But Thomas ran out of gas around the turn, allowing Smith to pull away and win in 1:08.5.

LB's Sarah Gama won both the 800 (2:48) and the 1,600 (6:20).

On the boys' side, Ryan Salcido, who qualified for the state cross-country championships in the fall, won the 800 (2:08.34), the 1,600 (4:53) and the 3,200 (10:27), beating LB's top distance runner Christian Beltran by 9 seconds and 47 seconds in the latter two. Beltran looked unsteady after pushing himself against Salcido in the 1,600.

Pacheco's Mark Joseph earned a win in the 400 (56.07), and also took the anchor leg of the winning 4-by-100 relay team.

Pacheco's Martin Perez owned the boys' hurdles, taking the 110 high hurdles in 17.69 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 44.90, while Pacheco's Aaron Belasco took both the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches) and the long jump (18-11).

LB dominated the throwing events, with Efrain Magana taking the boys' shot put at 37-7, Drew Silva taking the discus at 109-10 and Karisa Wood taking the girls' discus at 66-1. Pacheco's Savannah Verderber prevented the sweep in the throws with a 23-9 toss in the girls' shot put.

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at

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