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‘Grandfather’ honored at Tom Moore Relays

Sierra, Ripon compete at annual event

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‘Grandfather’ honored at Tom Moore Relays

Joel Bowling hands off to Zach Panarian during the frosh-soph 4x100 relay Saturday at MJC, the site of the 11th Annual Tom Moore Relays hosted by Sierra High.


POSTED March 8, 2009 5:51 a.m.
MODESTO — They call Tom Moore, the late meet director of the former Modesto Relays, the “Grandfather of district track and field.”

Saturday at Modesto Junior College, 32 high schools and over 1,000 track and field athletes were on hand for the 11th Annual Tom Moore Relays, the first year that the yearly Sierra High Invitational was played in Moore’s honor.

Both the Sierra High and Ripon track teams were among the competitors, and both the Timberwolves and Indians performed well, especially at the lower levels.

Both of Sierra’s frosh-soph squads finished third overall, with the boys collecting 40 points and the girls racking up 38.

Ripon’s boys frosh-soph team finished sixth overall, with 23.

At the varsity level, only Sierra’s girls placed, finishing in a tie with Modesto for seventh.

“It was the first meet of the year, and a good opportunity to see where we stand and where we want to be in the big scheme of things,” Sierra head coach Anthony Chapman said. “I didn’t look at times and distances, those will come.”

While the Sierra boys are still trying to figure out where everyone is going to end up once league starts, the T’Wolves got a friendly reminder that Oakdale will once again be their biggest threat.

The Mustang boys (53) finished first overall, clipping Grace Davis by six points.

The girls, meanwhile, looked tough right out of the gate.
“The girls are very talented,” Chapman said. “I was pleased to see their development. The frosh-soph though, that may have been our most exciting highlight. It’s great to see the young talent performing at a high level.”

Sierra’s varsity girls finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 36.55, while the boys finished fourth (35.62).

The frosh-soph girls finished fifth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 57.89 seconds, before combining with the boys to win the 4x200 Co-Ed Relay.

“We’re at a high level already as a program,” Chapman said. “Today was all about finding out if the gameplan is working the right way or if it needed a tweak.

“The gameplan’s working.”

Sierra travels to Granite Bay for another tough meet Saturday.

Skyline Invitational
In Oakland, Weston Ranch’s Angell Mayfield broke the meet record with a 39.43-second finish in the 300-meter hurdles.

The mark was also a personal record.

Mayfield stumbled on the final hurdle and beat Skyline’s Noah Blue by lunging over the finish line.

Roberto Alvarez  broke a personal record in the mile event, finishing in 4-minutes, 34-seconds, about 16 seconds better than his top finish from a year ago.

“Roberto could’ve finished at 4:20,” Weston Ranch head coach Rick Cuevas said.

Alvarez finished his final lap in 62 seconds and told his coach he had energy to spare.

Ruben Hernandez, Mayfield, Kobie Good and Brandon Griffin finished 2nd overall in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 23 seconds flat.

“There were 10 heats, and we ran in the fastest heat,” Cuevas said. “We were right there. We had some problems with our handoffs. We’re not quite there yet.”

Good finished fifth in the 200-meter.

The Cougars travel to Sonora for their first Valley Oak League meet against the Wildcats and Ceres March 18.
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