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SPOONER SETS SIERRA’S PACE

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SPOONER SETS SIERRA’S PACE

Sierra sophomore Josh Spooner took first place in the 1600m race Saturday afternoon at the Tom Moore Relays at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.

JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS/The Bulletin/


POSTED March 9, 2014 10:53 p.m.

Sierra sophomore Josh Spooner crossed the finish line and aggressively pumped his fists in celebration Saturday at the Tom Moore Relays at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.

Spooner took first place in the boys mile race after finishing in 4:38.09 and tallied 10 of the Timberwolves’ 89 total points that won them first place over the weekend. Ripon’s boys team finished third place with 36 points.

On the girls side, Sierra finished fourth with 37 points and East Union finished fifth with 35. Lathrop’s girls were sixth with 31 points, while Ripon rounded out the top 10.

Sierra’s senior tandem of Lucas Widmer and Nick Valdez won the two-man shuttle hurdle relay race with a 32.10. East Union’s girls 4x1 team, anchored by Jordan McNeal, took first place with a 51.37 over Franklin and Stagg of Stockton.

Sierra’s boys 4x100-meter relay team took second with a 44.79 behind Hughson (44.61). Ripon was fourth (45.55).

Sierra junior Haley Silva (5:29:10) was a sliver away from edging Ripon sophomore Ellie Waters, who took first with a 5:28.50 in the girls mile race. Weston Ranch’s Fattima Momini took fifth in 5:47.39 and Lathrop’s Sierra Downum and Aiko Jones of East Union rounded out the top 10.

Ripon’s boys 800m sprint medley relay team took second with a 1:40.42 behind Madera (1:39.86). Sierra was fifth with a 1:41.67. Sierra’s girls squad took fourth in that race and Lathrop was fifth.

In the girls 400 (one lap), Lathrop’s Brittany Johnson took second with a 1:04.44 behind a 1:03.59 from Atwater’s Chakela Howard.

In the boys’ single-lap race, Sierra’s boys dominated the event.

Noveleen Thiara tied for first with a 52.21 with Franklin’s Mark Franco. Sierra’s Jake Supinger took third with a 52.84 and Jacob Wampler, also of Sierra, finished fourth with a 53.51. Lathrop’s Zack Ormonde rounded out the top five with a 54.89.

In the girls 800, Silva (2:30.50) earned her second second-place finish of the day after finishing behind Riverbank’s Mikayla Florez (2:28.42). Sierra’s Sophia Vukanovich and Jessa Johnson finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

In the boys 800, East Union’s Roberto Aguilar finished third with a 2:07.28 behind Stagg’s Jaylen Shelton (2:06.32) and James Garcia (2:07.10). Sierra’s Jesus Gomez and EU’s Justin Bueno rounded out the top 10 in the 34-man field.

Ripon’s boys 4x4 relay team took first and its girls team took third. Also for girls, East Union took fourth and Lathrop fifth for the 4x4 relay.

Lathrop’s Laura Ashley Diboki placed seventh in the girls long jump and Sierra’s Natalie Griffin eighth. Griffin also took second in the pole vault behind Hughson’s Natalie Fontana.

On the boys side of the long jump, Weston Ranch’s James Walker took third with a 19-foot, 9.5-inch jump. Ripon’s Brent White (18-4.75) took 12th.

Lathrop’s Akilah Lesley won the girls triple jump with a 33-11. East Union’s Leticia Heron took second with a 32-1.5. Heron also took sixth in the high jump with a 4-4.

Ripon’s Abby Waters and Mary Woods rounded out the triple jump top 10. In the boys triple jump, Sierra’s Jonnythan Munkholm took second with a 42-foot jump. Stagg’s Devon Gillum took first after jumping 3.5 inches further than Munkholm. Lathrop’s Jacari Thompson took fifth, White was eighth and Ross Roods was ninth. Sierra’s Adryan Paez finished in 10th and EU’s Matthew Higginson 11th and Weston Ranch’s Mark Ramirez 12th.

In the girls high jump, Ripon’s Abby Waters took eighth with a 4-2. For the boys, Ripon’s Bryan Vincent placed first after clearing 5-10. Sierra’s Munkholm took second with a 5-8 and Cody Keener of East Union was fourth at 5-6. Lathrop’s Nathan Shelton (5-4) took sixth.

Sierra’s Ashley Garcia took fifth in the pole vault and Onix Paredes of the Timberwolves took first in the boys vaulting event with a 15-foot clearance. Sierra’s JoJo Macias was third with a 13-foot jump and East Union’s Kyle Bean (11-6) was fourth.

East Union freshman Loretta Kakala took fifth in the girls shot put with a 31-3 and Maliah Watson was sixth (30-4). In the boys shot put, Sierra’s Anthony Santiago took first (49-3). East Union’s Ethan Woodall was sixth with a 42-4 and Sierra’s Rumnick Cheema was 10th (39-4).

Cassidy Smith of the Lancers took sixth in the girls discus with a 90-5 and Watson was ninth (83-4).

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