Pacheco track stars' postseason all done

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comMay 30, 2013 

The track and field season is finally over for the last three remaining Pacheco athletes after Paul Parks, Ryan Salcido and Aaron Belasco fell short of qualifying at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet last Friday.

With the top three in each event moving on to the state meet, Parks placed 14th in the triple jump, Salcido was 20th in the 3,200-meter run and Belasco missed out on the first height in the high jump.

"I think what they learned is that they concentrated a lot the last few weeks of the season," Pacheco coach Laura Barger said. "And they realized it has to be all season long, not just the last few weeks. We're not going to change our invitationals. We could give them easy invitationals, but that wouldn't help them. I think that's what they realize is, 'I'm not always going to be on top.' "

All three athletes stayed consistent with their late-season performances, with Parks coming a few inches from his personal best on a 42-foot, 4-inch effort. He had made 42 feet 8 inches in the qualifying meet, which would have put him at 10th in the masters meet.

"I know they were a little nervous going in. Paul actually jumped pretty close to his record, only couple of inches off," Barger said. "He didn't produce a big number for him, but it was a consistent number. Being consistent at least moved him up."

Salcido found himself boxed in at the start of the 3,200-meter race, but unlike the division meet, he wasn't able to move himself up throughout the race.

Belasco, who mentioned before the meet that his goal was to not be the first one out, was one of five high jumper that didn't make the first height of 5-foot-11. Belasco's personal best this season was 5-foot-10.

"I think he was OK with that. He knows he wasn't the only one that was out," Barger said. "Five went out on the opening height,and five went out on the next one."

Although none of them moved on, they have set the bar for the next wave of athletes. And Belasco, as a junior, has a chance to get back and make that 5-foot-11 jump.

"The kids were happy they didn't have a poor outing," Barger said. "We were hoping for something better, but they didn't regress. We had to remind them of that."

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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