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Sierra boys track in driver’s seat for title

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POSTED April 17, 2014 12:47 a.m.

The Sierra High boys track and field team are in line to capture its first Valley Oak League championship since 2011.

On Wednesday, the Timberwolves continued their unbeaten streak with an 87-49 win at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium. Oakdale’s girls are chasing a league title as well, boosting their chances with a 94-42 victory.

“We knew going into the season it was going to be a tough road for us to get through, but the boys have competed at a high level all season long,” Sierra coach Ezequiel Ruiz said. “From this point forward it’s a matter of finishing the job that we started.”

Sierra’s final two dual meets are with East Union and Weston Ranch.

Noveleen Thiara spearheaded the Timberwolves with wins in the 200, 400 and both relay events. Nick Valdez took first in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Jonnythan Munkholm contributed wins in the high jump and long jump.

Haley Silva won the mile and two-mile runs for the Sierra girls (3-2), who struggled to keep up with Oakdale’s superior field athletes.

“We did well in the running events but Oakdale took it to us in the field events,” Ruiz said, noting that the Mustangs swept four field events. “It was basically like two different meets. Oakdale is just stacked in the field events.”

It was also split at the frosh-soph level.

Sierra’s girls squad cruised to a 91-33 victory behind three-event winner Rothmeray Sok (100, triple jump, long jump). Carly Cunial was the top placer in both hurdles.

The Timberwolf boys lost, 74-61. Bikram Thiara took first in both hurdles and the long jump.

GOLF

Sierra 221, Kimball 247

The third-place Timberwolves (10-4 VOL) were led by their two fourth-year seniors at Manteca Park Golf Course on Wednesday.

Blake Settlemoir finished 4-over 41, while Chris Schmitz was the co-runner-up with a 43 on the front nine. Chuck Good also checked in with a 43, David Ketner shot a 49 and Isaac Gutierrez a 52.

Up next is the VOL Tournament scheduled for April 28 at Micke Grove Golf Links. Sierra can clinch a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament with a top-three finish.

Sonora 210,
East Union 223

Anchored by medalist Billy Kiriluk’s 1-over-par 37 at Mountain Springs Golf Club, Sonora made its bid for the league championship that much easier by completing a season sweep of reigning champion East Union (10-3).

Nick Roundsville led the Lancers with a 39. Others contributing to the score were Michael Lozano (44), Trevor Baum (45), Ryan Lee (45) and Clayton Dorland (49).

Ripon Christian 177, LeGrand 235

The Knights improved to 8-1 in Southern League play behind Andrew Manes’ impressive 3-under 28 on the Jack Tone Golf Course front nine.

Teammates Kyle Colyn (33) and Tristan Vos (37) turned in the second and third best scores, with Ripon Christian’s Austin Alger and Le Grand’s Isaiah Clinton both carding 38s to tie for fourth. Jesse DeRousse finished with a 40 to round out RC’s score.

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