The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field meet was the end of the road for four Pacheco High athletes after they finished deep in the field of the 4x400 meter relay race.
The relay team of senior Adam Perez and juniors Miguel Cintora III, Mark Joseph and Maurice Harden ran the race in 3 minutes, 27.97 seconds to place 18th out of 24 teams. The top eight moved on the finals, with the No. 8 team from Jesuit clocking 3:23.62.
“They were so excited about the race – they were disappointed, but they were still excited,” Pacheco track and field coach Laura Barger said. “They know they lost some time, but it was an experience they enjoyed and they wouldn’t change it. It was what it was. They did their best, and they weren’t too disappointed.”
Joseph also ran the 400 meter race, placing 14th at 50.67 seconds, a slightly slower time than his Division 4/5 meet a week previous, where he placed fourth at 50.22.
“He will tell you he did terrible, that’s what he will tell you,” Barger said. “The track was slow that day, and a lot of guys didn’t have the times that they came in with. I think it was the sudden heat – it takes some time for some people to adjust. As far as everybody else having slower times, you would think the adrenaline would carry them, but it didn’t.”
What gave the coach hope was that the relay team was already talking about returning to masters next spring and competing for a berth at the CIF state championships.
“They basically said, ‘OK, that was an experience, but next year we’ll do better,’ ” Barger said. “When you have three juniors, you can say that.
“They were talking about (how to replace Perez, who’s graduating) on the ride home, saying, ‘Oh, what about so-and-so.’ It was fun to hear them planning. They were disappointed for a few minutes, and then they moved on.”
This is the second year Pacheco qualified athletes for Masters – Paul Parks (triple jump), Aaron Belasco (high jump) and Ryan Salcido (3,200) qualified last year. Salcido competed with Sacramento State cross country and track this year as a freshman.
Color run in August
The Pacheco track and field team will host a color run on Aug. 30, a 5-kilometer run that starts and ends at the school. There will be five color stations, where volunteers splash runners with dyed starch powder.
The event will include food booths, carnival games and a DJ. Cost is $40 per runner, $35 if with a group, and there are family discounts. Packet pickup starts at 8 a.m., and the race is at 10. For more, visit www.thecolordash5k.com.