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With league looming, T’Wolves pick up valuable experience

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POSTED March 15, 2009 5:16 a.m.
GRANITE BAY – Besides Placer High, Sierra was the only other Division III school of the 22 to compete at this season’s Bob King Invitational hosted by Granite Bay Saturday.

Once again, it was Sierra’s up-and-coming youngsters that returned to Manteca with the most hardware, but the varsity girls impressed as well and a few varsity boys collected highlights as well.

At the varsity level, Courtney Whitlock took home fifth in the 100 hurdles (17.46 seconds), and sixth in the 300 (50.25).

Christina Westover finished third in the shot put with a toss of 34-feet, 9.5-inches, and fourth in the discus (99-5).

On the boys’ side, Udoka Uwakwe was the runner-up finisher in the triple jump, turning in a mark of 41-feet, 10-inches.

“I was pleased,” Sierra head coach Anthony Chapman said. “The varsity girls are starting to come around, there’s a fire in their bellies.”

In junior varsity action, Grant Widmer finished second in the high jump at 5-feet, 10-inches and fifth in the 300 hurdles (44.29 seconds).

Ulysses Knapps turned in a third-place finish in the triple jump (36-5), while Brittany Griffin placed fourth in the triple jump (28-10.25).

“We didn’t go into it with a lot of expectations,” Chapman said. “It was windy and cold and the headwind was three to five meters per second, and that affected the times.

“It was good to get the kids the exposure of a tournament of that caliber. It shows them that there is track outside of Manteca.”

Sierra kicks off the Valley Oak League season against Lathrop and Central Valley at home next week before traveling to Oakdale for a huge meet a week later.

— Brandon Petersen
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