Pacheco high-jumper qualifies for section masters competition

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comMay 16, 2013 

At the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 and 5 track and field meet Tuesday, Aaron Belasco became the first athlete in Pacheco High School's history to advance to the section masters meet with a 5-foot-9 high jump, taking fifth place.

"That's been his average for the most part this year," Pacheco coach Laura Barger said. "His goal is 6 feet. He had three attempts on that, actually at 6-1, and didn't make it.

"We've been talking about it the last couple of days, and we're going to concentrate on technique -- just a couple of adjustments on his approach. We'll be constantly working on that up to the time has to jump again."

A few more Pacheco athletes had their chance to qualify on the second day of the meet on Thursday (results were unavailable at press time).

Some events had preliminaries on Tuesday with finals on Thursday -- among those events, Pacheco freshman Gloria Kandeh qualified for the finals in the 100-meter dash after taking seventh place in the preliminaries at 13.09 seconds, and Adam Perez placed seventh in the prelims in the 300-meter hurdles at 42.54 seconds.

The top five finishers in each event move on to the section masters meet.

Kandeh beat out another freshman, Los Banos High's Keiloni Smith, who was 11th in the 100 at 13.28 seconds.

"They both have the potential to move on. We only have one day, today, to work on the little things," Barger said on Wednesday. "We don't expect a big jump, but if we can then they'll move on. With Adam we've been fighting it the last couple of meets, a soft landing on a few of the hurdles, not all the time. We'll be doing a lot of timing on that today."

A few other athletes had chances on Thursday, when some distance and field events took place -- Pacheco had Ryan Salcido and Emily Barajas running distance, Paul Parks in the triple jump and Austin Byrum in the pole vault.

Los Banos' athletes on Tuesday fell short of the finals -- the 4-by-400 relay team (which calls itself "The K-Team", made up of Keiloni Smith, Kiana Tartt, Kirsten Robertson and Kayla Davis) placed 15th at 53.65 seconds, and Tartt's 13-foot, 9.75-inch long jump placed her 18th. A few other Pacheco athletes fell short as well, with Johnny Lira taking 14th in the 800 (2:05.87) and Mark Joseph taking 17th in the 400 (54.43).

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