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Sierra freshman McKenna Albrecht competes in the varsity discus event Wednesday against Lathrop at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.


POSTED April 10, 2014 12:40 a.m.

Lathrop’s girls varsity track and field team came to compete against Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Wednesday afternoon.

At the end of the day, it was the Lady Timberwolves who edged the Spartans 70-66, while Sierra’s boys’ squad cruised to a 103-33 Valley Oak League victory.

Sierra’s Haley Silva ran three events and took first twice, in the mile and 2-mile races. Silva settled for second in the 800 (2 minutes, 31 seconds) against her teammate Sophia Vukonavich, who finished in 2:29. Vukonavich also took first in the 400 with a 1:01.

Freshman McKenna Albrecht won the discus (75 feet, 10 inches) and the shot put (30 1/2) for the T’Wolves, who improved to 4-1 in VOL.

“(Albrecht) is consistently in the top three in (VOL meets) every single week,” Sierra coach Ezequiel Ruiz said.

Lathrop senior Akilah Lesley took first in the triple jump with a 34-foot-2 mark and also won the 200 with a 26.74.

Sophia Serrano won the 100 for the Spartans in 16.28 and also took first in the 300-meter hurdles with a 49.7 – both personal records.

Ashley Diboki took first in the high jump and matched a Lathrop school record of 5-0 set at last year’s VOL championships by now-injured Loreal Taylor. Diboki also finished second in the long jump against teammate Phalina Hiep, who won the event with a 15-3.

For the boys, Horatio Venable took first in the 100 with a 10.65. Venable also won the long jump with a 26-7 and broke a Lathrop school record for that event as well.

The Spartans’ 4x1 relay team took first with a 44.64 and that squad consisted of Venable, Mykhail Redman, Jerrell McCain and Reggie Carter.

Sierra’s Noveleen Thiara (51.81) and Jake Suppinger took first and second in the 40 and Thiara also took first in the 200 by finishing in 22 seconds.

“We were constant throughout the whole meet,” Ruiz said. “We were getting first and second (places) everywhere, and that adds up quick.”

Garrett Stone won the mile race with a 4:52 and won the 800 with a 2:11. Nick Valdez won the 110 and 300 hurdles with a 14.59 and 40.52.

Johnnythan Munholm won the high jump (6-0) and triple jump with a 41-6 for Sierra, which improved to 4-0 in VOL.

Sierra will be at the Lancer Invite at Rancho Cordova High on Saturday, followed by another home meet next Wednesday against Oakdale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.

Oakdale 72,
Manteca 69 (B)

Oakdale 119,
Manteca 17 (G)

Manteca’s boys were a lap away from pulling off an upset in Oakdale.

Leading 69-67 going into the 4x400, the Buffaloes were unable to hold onto the lead on the final lap.

“We had them,” Manteca coach Rick Cuevas said. “We had a game plan for Oakdale and almost pulled it out.”

Carl Chandler led the Buffaloes with wins in the triple jump, long jump and 4x1 relay. Marcus Montano had a 6-4 mark in the high jump and Marcus Avila took first in the 300 hurdles.

Arianna Avina was the top finisher in the girls 800. Jessy Talarico set a personal record in winning the pole vault with a 9-foot vault.

Manteca will compete in a four-way dual at Kimball next Wednesday. East Union and Weston Ranch are also making the trip to Tracy.


Manteca 73,
 Oakdale 61 (B)

Manteca 98,
Oakdale 32 (G)

Coming off an impressive effort in the Modesto JC Invitational, Jade Griffin and Manteca’s promising underclassmen had little trouble in dispatching Oakdale.

Griffin was named the top female as a varsity participant at MJC this past Saturday, winning the 100, 200 and both relays. She won those events on Wednesday. Summer Kirby won the long jump and pole vault.

Juan Gomez paced the Manteca boys. He took first in both hurdle events and anchored the winning 4x400. Trevor Crippen, (3,200), Jared Guzman (800) and Brett Kovacs  (1,600) led the way in the distance events.

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