Hartnell/MPC state track

Jorge Sanchez will hold a small celebration today with his teammates on the track, signing with the University of Alaska-Anchorage to run track and cross county next season.
 Yet, before the distance ace heads off into the sunset, he hopes to leave one more -- make that two more marks at Hartnell College.
 The Alvarez alum will be a contender Friday in the 10,000 and Saturday in the 5,000 at the CCCAA State track and field championships at American River College in Sacramento.
 Sanchez, who won the Coast Conference and Northern California titles in both events, is going back to the state meet in the 10,000 for the Panthers.
 Sanchez breezed to a nine-second win in the 5,000 (15.12.79) at last Saturday's Northern California finals. He will go in ranked No. 5.
 "The race that would be memorable for me if I'm able to achieve it would be winning the 5,000,'' Sanchez said. "It will be touch. I'm an underdog.''
 Former King City standouts Edgar Bonilla and Eduardo Orozco will chase each other in what both hopes will be a state title in the 1,500.
 Last week Orozco won the Northern California 1,500, holding off Bonilla by two one-hundredths of a second in 3:56.28.
  Orozco is also going in the 800 after clocking 1:55.35 for Hartnell, as is Mario Perez in the 10,000 and Oscar Mora in the 5,000.
  Soledad graduate Andrew Martinez and Salinas product Jonathan Saldana will both represent the maroon and gold in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
 Clemente Villarreal will take part in the decathlon for the Panthers,  a two-day, grueling 10-event competition. The Palma product produced 5,171 points at the Nor Cal finals.
 A sprained ankle has saddled Sherise Robinson the last two weeks. The freshman hopes to be ready by Friday to compete in the heptathlon for Hartnell.
 Robinson, a one-time North Salinas sprinter, earned a spot in the heptathlon after finishing second at the Northern California finals with a career best 3,951 points.
Yvette Felix dropped the 10,000 and will focus solely on the 5,000 for the Panthers, while freshman Yvette Tavarez qualified  in the 3,000 steeplechase.
 Tavarez, a Soledad graduate, lowered her time by 34 seconds last week to finish third in 12:16.55. She was third at the Coast Conference finals.
 Haley Romero earned a spot in the long jump after sailing 17-7 1/2 last week. The freshman has a best of 18-3.
BreAnn Scally chased her dreams last spring of a state title in the heptathlon.
 Instead of squeezing seven events into two days this year, the MPC sophomore will compete in four events in the same day.
 Scally scratched the heptathlon this week, and instead will focus on the long jump, triple jump, high jump and 400 relay.
 The former North County High product is coming off a career best of 38-feet-3/4 in the triple jump, which has her ranked fifth going into the state finals.
 Scally will be joined in the long jump finals by Tenisha Hill, who has a best of 18-4, and comes into the meet ranked fifth.
 The pair will team up with R'leesha Gooden-Fair and Reyna Santoyo in the 400 relay (49.95).

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