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Area teams sprint to a split

Weston Ranch boys, Manteca girls win big

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Area teams sprint to a split

Weston Ranch sprinter Brandyn Griffin, left, takes a peak to his left with Manteca's Brad Hatfield trailing in the 100-meter dash Wednesday. Weston Ranch's Kobie Good won the event in 11.17 seconds.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin/


POSTED March 26, 2009 4:51 a.m.
Weston Ranch fared well without star distance runner Roberto Alvarez in a Valley Oak League varsity dual meet at Manteca High Wednesday.

The Cougars picked up first-place points in all but three events, including a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100-meter dash, to coast past Manteca, 95-37.

The host Buffaloes’ girls were just as dominant in their 81-20 victory to improve to 2-1. They swept in the long and triple jumps.

“I’m just real proud of all my kids,” Weston Ranch coach Rick Cuevas said. “Our boys team just went out there and took care of business, but it’s going to be a tough meet against Oakdale next week.”

The Cougars (1-0) host Oakdale and Central Valley next week in what could be a showdown for the VOL championship. Oakdale defeated defending champion Sierra at home Wednesday.

Manvinder Singh filled in for Alvarez as Weston Ranch’s top distance runner, winning the 1,600 and 3,200. Jeremy Meggerson won the 800.

Up-and-coming hurdler Angell Mayfield cruised to first-place finishes in the 110 and 300, while Brandyn Griffin won the 200 and was the runner-up to teammate Kobie Good in the 100.

Other boys winners are: Weston Ranch’s John Carungay (long jump), Weston Ranch’s Robert Gonzalez (pole vault), Jason Steele (long jump), Manteca’s Wallace Phoenix (triple jump), Manteca’s Richie Lopez (shot put) and Weston Ranch’s Eddie Reed (discus).

The Buffaloes fell to 0-3.

Julianne Flores and Karen Marks were the Manteca girls team’s big producers. Flores won the 100, 100 hurdles and caught Weston Ranch’s Khalia Ross down the final 15 meters to claim an exciting 200 race.

Marks dominated in the field events, winning the pole vault, long jump and triple jump. Lauren Beavers was also a multi-event winner, as she recorded the top marks in the throws.

Weston Ranch’s Maria Acevedo took first in both distance events. Also contributing first-place finishes for Manteca were Briana Lucas (400), Brianna Navaro (800) and Kristina Martinez (high jump).

Up next for Manteca is a double dual with Sonora at Sierra next Wednesday.

Oakdale 97, Sierra 39 (B)

Oakdale 73.5, Sierra 57.5 (G)

In Oakdale, the host Mustangs swept Sierra in what has developed into the VOL’s big track rivalry.

John Bowers coasted to wins in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 to lead defending champion Sierra. Michael Garcia was victorious in the 300 hurdles.

“Their boys team is very good,” Sierra coach Anthony Chapman said. “They could be (Sac-Joaquin Section Division III) champions.”

Sierra’s girls were paced by Courtney Whitlock (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Shanedra Pitts (100, 200) and Cristina Westover (shot put, discus).

“That was the heartbreaker right there,” Chapman said. “After scoring that meet a thousand times in my head going into today, I really thought the girls were going to win.

“A couple things didn’t go our way that I thought would. In a close meet like that, that’s the difference.”

Sierra 112, Ceres 27 (B)

Sierra 107, Ceres 14 (G)

Sierra’s boys and girls squads didn’t come away from the double-dual meet empty handed.

Bryan Smith (110 hurdles, high jump), Udoka Uwakwe (triple jump), Zeke Knapps (100, 200), Ulysses Knapps (long jump) and Nick Wendell (pole vault) supported Bowers and Garcia in the win.

Whitlock added the 800 to her list of wins and was joined by Jessica Montiel (mile, two-mile), Taylor-Renee Wilson (long jump, 400), Shanedra Pitts (100, 200), Erica Campos (pole vault) and Jena Anderson (triple jump).

— Jonamar Jacinto

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