STOCKTON — The Modesto Junior College women’s track team has enjoyed the last two seasons with distance runner Becky Hobby and field events star Victoria Dickerson.
The MJC standouts continued their strong seasons Friday at the Big 8 Conference Championships at San Joaquin Delta. Hobby was named the Women’s Athlete of the Meet and Dickerson earned the Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet honor. The meet was completed despite rain, which threw it behind schedule.
Both the MJC men and women placed third in team standings. The women, locked in a tight race, finished nine points behind champion Delta and four points behind runner-up American River.
Hobby, who won the 10,000 meters earlier in the week, tacked on victories in the 1,500 (4:46) and 5,000 (18:42.11). Dickerson, the discus winner on Tuesday, captured a second in the hammer throw and a third in the shot put. Cara McClain led a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the hammer (172 feet, 4 inches).
The MJC men were led by winners Strat Stavrianoudakis in the 400 hurdles (54.61) and Aldo Guzman in the hammer (177-1). Robert Ellis of American River (10.49) sped to a win in the 100 ahead of MJC’s Eric Adorno in second (10.58) and third-place Kolton Cody (10.76). Adorno also placed second in the 200.
Pirates ousted – MJC doubles teams Bryce Purser and Zach Woerner, and Austin Tay and Rick Peloso worked hard for second-round victories before they were eliminated in the Sweet 16 of the State Championships at Ojai.
Purser and Woerner outlasted Bakersfield’s Sammy Ramirez and Tim Roe 4-6, 6-2, 10-7, while Tay and Peloso downed Sergey Arushnayan and Thales Castro of Pierce 7-5, 7-6. Javier Lagarde-Soto and Cory Purser, MJC’s No. 3 doubles pair, were beaten by Kevin Valentine and Jimmy Giovanini of American River 2-6, 6-2, 10-5.
Rescheduled for today – MJC’s regular-season finale against Sacramento, postponed by rain on Friday, has been rescheduled for today at noon at the Pirates’ park. The bracket for the Northern California Playoffs will be announced Sunday afternoon.