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Track athletes gearing up for next week’s MEL championships

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Armijo's Lloyd King throws his discus in the discus throw event during the track and field meet against Vacaville at Armijo High School in Fairfield, Wednesday. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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FAIRFIELD — Armijo High hosted Vacaville in a Monticello Empire League dual track and field meet, Wednesday, and the outcomes weren’t as important as preparing the athletes for next week’s MEL championships.

Vacaville ran away with the varsity meets, the boys winning 118-17 and the girls prevailing 110-17. Vaca won the boys frosh/soph meet 66-56, while the Indians won the girls frosh/soph competition 75-35.

Armijo coach Dave Monk reiterated the fact that at this point in the season, it’s all about getting the kids ready for the postseason run.

“We are kind of at the point now where we are really focusing on the individual athletes trying to qualify and advance as far as they can,” Monk said. “We haven’t really been able to take hold of putting the team together as we hoped this year. It’s been a little disappointing sequence of events that caused us to be missing some parts in key areas.

“Now we’re taking the kids that have been working hard all season and really just fine-tuning them to have their best opportunity to advance to the divisional meet and as far as possible.”

Bulldogs coach Mike Papadopoulos likes the way his team is coming into shape with the postseason looming.

“We like that the kids are starting to peak when they should,” the coach said. “I’m happy that we’re starting to get better weather, too, so they can physically show it.

“The kids are really excited about it. There’s good chemistry within all the kids. It’s been a really fun season and we’re looking forward (to the postseason).”

One person that Papadopoulos can expect a long postseason run from is hurdler Pattriana Perry.

Perry is currently ranked No. 1 in the state in the 100-meter hurdles with a mark of 13.67 seconds. Perry finished third in the state last season, with teammate Daria Cook finishing second.

“It was a nice midseason mark for her and she’s done a nice job committing to getting back to some hard work,” Papadopoulos said. “We’ve put good work in and three weeks from now (the state meet) is what the goal is. She’s done a nice job committing to those things.”

Monk thinks he has a few athletes that should start making their marks starting with the MELs.

“I’m really excited about quite a few of the distance athletes, especially a lot of the younger kids that are really running well,” he said. “We’re looking for them to get a chance to advance (to sections) next week.

“And we’ve got a lot of girls that are doing really well right now. We’re a little slim on the boys side. We still have several individuals that can do a great job next week and plan on running long into the postseason.”

Armijo had two individual winners, Wednesday. Camille Dolcee won the girls 100 in 13.16, while Isaiah Valentine took the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, 4 inches.
David Mewborn won two events for the Vacaville boys, taking the 100 in 11.49 and the 200 in 22.58

Brianna French won both the girls shot put (42-0 3/4) and the girls discus (106-0), while Breanna Sewell won the 1,600 in 5:28.44 and the 800 in 2:31.70.

Perry won the 100 hurdles and the 200 meters.

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1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.
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