The Central California Conference (CCC) Championships held on Wednesday, May 1 at Patterson Community Stadium was the final time the seven teams that make up the CCC would congregate to decide who the top performers were for each respective event.
The top four finishers in each event were permitted to advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Track and Field Championships. Each event also had an at-large qualifying mark. Should any athlete hit the at-large qualifying mark in their event, then they would automatically advance to the Division III championship regardless of placement.
The Tigers, for their part, had a total of 12 participants punch their tickets to the Division III trials that began on Tuesday, May 7 at Golden Valley High School.
Junior Favour Nnaji snagged one of the few first-place finishes for the Tigers. He placed first (10.89) in the 100 meter dash. Favour set a season record in the event. Also setting a season record and taking third place, junior Obadiah Godbolt (11.14) took bronze in the 100 meter.
Godbolt (22.63) and Favour (23.00) also finished in third and fourth place respectively in the 200 meter race. Godbolt’s 22.63 time was a personal record in the event.
Senior Francisco Duran (2.02.79) set a personal record in the 800 meter race for a first place finish in the event. Duran outpaced three Atwater runners to take first. Sophomore Daniel Ramirez (2:03.31), senior Andrew Huerta (2:03.79) and sophomore Eric Maldonado (2:05.45) took the next three spots for the Falcons.
Senior Mokbel Obeid (11-00) finished the league portion of the season strong, with a first-place finish in the pole vault event.
Junior Kahlya Brambila (6-11) took second place in the girls pole vault event.
The relay team of Godbolt, Duran, Favour and Precious Nnaji settled for second place in the 4X100 (43.42) and 4X400 (3:31.84) events. The relay team will look to bounce back with a stronger finish at the Division III Championship.
The girls relay team of Angeline Dauz, Natalie Cuevas Arevalo, Trista Cherry and Ada Jack (4:43.95) put together a bronze finish in the 4X400 relay event.
Jack took home a silver individually, with a second place (2:34.40) in the 800 meter race.
Dauz (1:03.87) set a personal record in the 400 meter race for a fourth-place finish. Jack just missed the cut in fifth place, despite setting a personal record (1:05.28) in the event.
Cuevas Arevalo (5:48.31) was the fourth runner to cross the finish line 1600 meter race.
The Tigers had two different team members qualifying in the jumping events.
Sophomore Jake “JT” Kuderca had a pair of top four finishes. Kuderca (18-10) leaped his way to a bronze in the long jump, while placing fourth (38-10) in the triple jump event.
Still new to the sport, junior Jordan Patterson set a personal record (34-06) in the triple jump event in only her second week taking a shot at the jumping events.