Pacheco track claims WAC finals

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comMay 10, 2013 

Pacheco High's boys track and field team missed out on the Western Athletic Conference championship with a 5-1 dual record to Livingston's 6-0.

But the Panthers got a consolation prize by winning the WAC finals meet Saturday in Patterson, with 55 team points. Central Catholic took second with 53, followed by Livingston with 52.

The Pacheco boys qualified seven athletes to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 meet May 14 and 16 at Sierra High School in Manteca -- Ryan Salcido (1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races), Adam Perez (100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, Mark Joseph (400), Johnny Lira (800), Aaron Belasco (high jump), Austin Byrum (pole vault) and Paul Parks (long jump). The top three in each event qualified.

Pacheco's girls team placed third with 26 points, behind Livingston's 92 and Ceres' 53, and qualified three athletes -- Gloria Kandeh, who won the 100-meter dash (12.82 seconds) and placed third in the 200 (26.71), Emily Barajas in the 3,200 and Venus Canaveral in the pole vault.

All of Los Banos' qualifiers came from its girls team, with Keiloni Smith (who finished second in the 100 at 13.1 seconds), Mariela Rodriguez (3,200), Kiana Tartt (long jump) and the 4-by-100 relay team of Smith, Kirsten Robertson, Kayla Davis and Tartt all qualifying.

Individual champions from the local schools included Belasco with his 5-foot-10 leap in the high jump, Austin Byrum's 12-foot spring in the pole vault, Kandeh's 100-meter dash and the Los Banos 4-by-100 relay (53.68).

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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