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Sierra boys track team takes title, finishes 7-0

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POSTED May 1, 2014 12:03 a.m.

The Sierra boys track and field team dominated Valley Oak League competition this year.

On Wednesday, the Timberwolves completed the season 7-0 after knocking off Weston Ranch, 117-15. The Sierra girls team beat the Cougars, 103-29.

“Weston Ranch had a lot of guys that didn’t show up,” Sierra head coach Ezequiel Ruiz said. “We ended up sweeping eight different events on the varsity boys side. Today we were just finishing the job that we started. A lot of my heavy hitters didn’t even compete.”

Sierra let one of its standout distance runners Josh Spooner take the day off and Novaleen Thiara only put in a half day of work when he normally does four events. Still, the T’Wolves had other athletes like Lucas Widmer and Johnnythan Munlholm who deliver.

Widmer won the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles and Munkholm won the high jump and triple jump. They were Sierra’s only athletes with more than one first-place finish.

Sierra won the VOL title and dethroned the two-time defending champion Buffaloes.

On the girls side, Sierra finished 5-2 and should finish no lower than tied for second place depending on how East Union and Kimball finish.

Morgan Willis won both hurdle events – the 100 and the 300 – and Sophia Vukonavich won the 400 and 800-meter races. Anna Cardenas won the triple jump and high jump.

Sierra’s frosh-soph girls beat the Cougars 90-41, while the lower-level boys won 78-28.

Kimball 78, Lathrop 48 (B)

LHS 66.5, Kimball 59.5 (G)

The Spartans’ girls team finished the season 4-3 and were led by Akilah Lesley’s victory in the triple jump and a second-place finish in the 100. Lesley was also a member of Lathrop’s winning 4x1 relay team. Sophia Serrano won the 100 hurdles and also won the 300 hurdles. Terrina Phillips won the 400, placed second in the 800 and was a member of the winning 4x4 relay team.

For the boys, Drew Erwin took first in the mile and the 800 and Tarik Steen finished third in the mile and second in the 800. Nilo Yuson placed first in the triple jump and second in the high jump. Yuson finished behind Nathan Shelton in that event.

The Spartans’ frosh-soph boys defeated the Jaguars 83-44 and the girls’ team won 103-24.

Both Lathrop and Sierra will be taking multiple athletes to compete at Saturday’s Meet of Champions in Sacramento. The VOL championships will be held on May 10, at Sierra High School.

To contact John-Joel Griffiths email or call 209.249.3543.

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