Last week, Elk Grove High School was the site of the final hurdle for athletes to overcome in their journey to the State Finals held at Buchanon High School in Clovis on June 2-3.

The top three placers would earn the right to compete at the State Finals. Patterson had a total of four athletes compete at the Masters Meet on May 25-26. Jakob Vargas was slotted as a potential fifth athlete to compete at Masters, but was not presented with the opportunity as an alternate for the boys shot put event.

Favour Nnaji extending his exceptional freshman season, met his match at the Masters Meet. Competing in the high jump event, Nnaji was unable to get his groove going, and received a no height recorded at the high jump finals.

Racing for what would result in being the final time in the crimson and grey, Tomas Virgen put up a personal record of 9:40.24 during the boys 3200 meters event. Virgen wrapped up his high school career as a Patterson long distance runner improving on his 3200 meter time by roughly 17 seconds, but despite reaching this new peak of performance Virgen had to settle for a 17th place finish. Virgen was a staple for Patterson in the long distance events during his tenure at Patterson High, and will be a talent sorely missed next season. Virgen was one of six racers not from Division I to finish in the top 20 in the event.

In the long jump event Patterson had two representatives finish in the top 10.

Tevita Kelepi set a personal record to finish in the top five of the boys long jump event. Kelepi, coming off the heels of a second place finish in the Division IV finals, leaped a personal best 22-02.00 to finish in fifth place at the Masters finals on Friday.

Division IV first place finisher Pierre Williams also set a personal record with a finishing jump of 21-10.5. Williams improved on his best jump by five inches at the Masters Meet, finishing in eighth place.

PI sports writer

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