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Sierra girls have high hopes going into postseason

Sierra High senior Cristina Westover won the discus title in 2008 but will look to sweep both throwing events in the Valley Oak League Championships at Oakdale High today.

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POSTED May 9, 2009 1:29 a.m.
Sierra High’s girls track and field team returns to the site where it suffered its only Valley Oak League loss today.

Oakdale edged out the Timberwolves 73.5-57.5 during a three-team dual meet on March 25 to all but clinch the league title.

Redemption and revenge may be in the minds of some Timberwolves in the VOL Championships at Oakdale High, but the ultimate goal rests in the bigger picture.

“There are some residual effects from that — we’re pretty disappointed,” Sierra head coach Anthony Chapman said. “But we’ve moved on from it and we have other goals in mind. I feel like they have something to prove.”

Chapman and the Timberwolves have the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title in their sights, but that’s a couple weeks away. The boys team captured three of the last four Division III championships.

The top three placers in each event at the VOL meet will advance to the Division III trials set for May 19.

Courtney Whitlock (100-meter, 300-meter hurdles), Shanedra Pitts (100, 200) and Cristina Westover (shot put) went undefeated in duals. Westover lost just once in the discus, to top-seeded Jennnifer Fields of East Union, but won the event last year.

Whitlock holds school records in both hurdle events, and Westover broke the shot put record at the VOL meet last year.

“I think we’re in the conversation for a title at the section level, but obviously we have to get out of league first,” Chapman said. “The stars would have to align to have something like that happen, but based on how we fared in invitationals I believe we have a shot at it.”

Weston Ranch’s Khalia Ross could challenge Pitts in the sprints. Manteca’s Brianna Lucas and Sierra’s Taylor-Renae Wilson are the top two-seeded 400 runners, respectively.

Weston Ranch junior Angell Mayfield is one of the area’s top male athletes that will showcase his talents today. He is the state’s 15th-ranked junior in both hurdle events and is the runaway favorite to earn multiple VOL titles.

Teammate Kobie Good also has a chance to take home two first-place finishes, as he is the top-seeded 100 sprinter and No. 2 in the 200.

Weston Ranch’s Roberto Alvarez, named the Bulletin’s Cross Country Runner of the Year this past fall, will continue his personal duel with Sierra’s John Bowers in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Sierra’s Jonathan Scherry, Ryan Erion and Jeremy Vargas will look to make it a 1-2-3 sweep in the 800. East Union’s Stevyn Teeple leads area athletes in the field events, as he is just three inches shy off the top-seeded mark at 20 feet, 3 inches in the long jump.  

The field events will begin at 9 a.m. and will follow with the finals. The track trails also starts at 9, with the finals set for noon.
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