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Sierra has a big day at the Del Oro Invitational

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POSTED April 18, 2009 3:05 a.m.

­LOOMIS – Sierra’s varsity girls finished second and the frosh-soph boys finished fourth overall in the team point standings Friday at the Del Oro Invitational, a promising sign heading toward the postseason as a number of big name track programs were on hand including Placer, Franklin of Elk Grove and host Del Oro.

Courtney Whitlock was a point producing machine in the foothills, as she finished second in the 100 hurdles (16.33 seconds), second in the 300 hurdles (48.78) and ran the first leg of the second-place 4x400 team which included Taylor Wilson, Madison Taylor and Shenadra Pitts.

“This was our best showing to date, I’m really proud of the girls,” Sierra head coach Anthony Chapman said. “We had a lot of (personal records). We’re feeling really good; it’s nice to see the benefits of all the hard work the kids have put in.”

Wilson finished first in the long jump with a leap of 14-feet, 11-inches, and Pitts was third in the 100 (12.88 seconds).

On the boys’ side, John Bowers was best in the 3000-meter, finishing in 9:21.

In frosh-soph action, Kim Lucero broke the Sierra High record in the shot put with a toss of 31-feet, 1 ¾-inches.

For the fourth-place boys, Ulysses Knapps was second in the triple jump (40-1/2), and second in the long jump (18-7 ¾).

Ruben Lopez took third in the 400 (53.63), Grant Widmer was best in the high jump (5-10), Kyle Furtado was runner-up in the 1500 (4:27), Kayson Matela took third in the triple jump (38-10 ½) and Adam Bennett was third in the discus (119-4).

“Finally it was a little warmer, perfect track weather,” Chapman said. “It was a great facility, and a really good day.”

Sierra closes out the regular Valley Oak League season with a double-dual against East Union and Weston Ranch Wednesday.

The VOL meet is scheduled for May 9 at Oakdale.

— Brandon Petersen

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