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Seven Cougars Qualify For Masters Meet
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Escalon will have several competitors moving on to the Masters event in track and field this week, courtesy of some outstanding work in the subsection trials and finals.

Running and jumping at Modesto Junior College on Tuesday and Thursday, the Cougar qualifiers will compete this week at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento.

"We did OK," said coach Rick Heflin. "Tuesday we had Jake Brown and Mike Sawyer finish one-two in the disc and both of them beat the school record."

Brown took first at the subsection meet on May 17 at MJC, throwing a 155-0. Sawyer was second at 152-0 and both move on to the Masters. Qualifiers there will make it to the State Meet, June 3 and 4, at Hughes Stadium.

Field events in the subsection were completed in one day, track events featured trials on Tuesdays, finals on Thursday.

"Shane Brookshire finished second in the trials of the 800 and also was second in the finals, he missed the school record by one-tenth of a second," Heflin said of Brookshire's 2:00.01 mark in the finals. He goes on to the Masters, with the top six finishers in each event moving on. He also ran the mile but did not qualify in that event.

Sam Goulet came in with a first place finish and a personal best of 50.76 in the 400, winning both the trials on Tuesday and the finals on Thursday. He was sixth in the 200.

Amanda Nunes won her heat in the 100 on Tuesday and took fifth in the finals on Thursday, running it in 13.33.

"She also ran in the 200 and was eighth in the trials, she ended seventh in the finals," Heflin explained. "She was going to place but her leg buckled and she did everything she could to not fall...she caught herself but she ended up seventh."

The seventh place finisher in each event goes on as an alternate.

Cynthia Lopez moves on for Escalon in the 800, taking eighth in the trials at 2:29.

"That was her fastest time ever and I told her she would need to be faster in the finals," said Heflin.

Lopez responded with a sixth place finish - and a berth in the Masters - with a 2:27 personal best in Thursday's subsection final.

Amanda Moreno won the two-mile with a 10:54, fastest qualifying time in the section.

"She had a 50 second lead over the next runner," Heflin pointed out.

All head to Sacramento this week, with everyone but Moreno taking part in their events on Thursday. She will run Friday.

Closing out their season at the subsection competition in Modesto were Simone Lionudakis, who finished eighth in the high jump.

"She was tied for seventh but the dropped to eighth in the jump off," said Heflin. "Marcus Savage was ninth in the long jump, that ends his high school track career."

The four-by-100 relay girls of Mckenzie Brown, Lauren Brown, Lauren Cosentino and Amanda Nunes qualified ninth and finished eighth in the finals on Thursday.

Still, Heflin said he is pleased to have seven athletes continuing on to the Masters. Top three finishers in each event there will go on to the State Meet.