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Boys one win from first crown in 23 years; EU girls dominate

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Lauren King, middle, competes in the 100 hurdles for East Union.

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POSTED April 20, 2012 1:05 a.m.

Manteca High is one win away from capturing at least a share of the Valley Oak League championship, which would be its first since 1989.

The Buffaloes hosted intracity rival East Union Thursday and won, 82-50. East Union conquered the girls portion of the Valley Oak League meet by a landslide 98-33 margin.

With two dual meets remaining — a makeup with visiting Weston Ranch Monday and the regular-season finale at Lathrop next Thursday, April 26 — Manteca coach Sean Hogan is looking to keep the team focused at the task at hand.

Manteca will first head to Loomis today for the Del Oro Invitational.

“We reminded (the varsity boys) tonight about the program not winning a title since 1989,” Hogan said. “Going into the last two meets we’re hoping to take care of business. I don’t know too much about Weston Ranch and I know Lathrop has a lot of kids and have been competitive, so we can’t let down.”

With a busy stretch of meets between this meet and next, the Buffalo boys (5-0) were just aiming to score the necessary points Thursday.

They got plenty of production from the distance events, as Martin Ponce and Zesar Zadran spearheaded 1-2-3 sweeps in the 1,600 and 3,200, respectively.

Roland Pacheco edged out teammate Jordan Lyons to win the 400 while also claiming the pole vault. Marcus Avila took first in the 300 hurdles, and Lechi Nkwocha in the long and triple jumps.

East Union (2-4) went 1-2-3 in the 110 hurdles and was led by Nicholas Pulos. Angelo Zerbini (100), Tevyn Braiden (200), Cruz Hernandez (800), Joey Keith (discus) and Joseph Daigle (shot) also chipped in with top finishes.

East Union’s girls (3-3) swept three events and got big points from Sarah Jackson, who won both hurdle events and placed third in the 800.

Jerrica Hauck triumphed in the 100 and pole vault, while Josephine Valdez led sweeps in the two throws. The Lady Lancers dominated the field events, with Katelyn Allen pacing a sweep in the long jump and Rebekah Jacobson claiming the high and triple jumps.

Megan Jordan was first in the 400 and second in the 800. Taylor Baum contributed a win in the two-mile race.

Nearly half of Manteca’s points came from first-place results from Sophie Barragan (200), Harleen Pabla (800) and Cierra Delk (1,600). The Lady Buffs fell to 1-4.

Sierra 86, Sonora 44 (B)

Many of Sierra’s top athletes rested to stay fresh and still had little trouble improving to 4-2.

Bret Wilson was not one of them. He set personal records in all three events he won — the shot put (49 feet), discus (147-4 ½) and high jump (5-8).

Fellow thrower Mason Merilles also broke personal records while taking second in the shot and third in the discus. Tyler Clark won the hurdles, and Onyx Paredes was the runner-up pole vaulter.

Sierra 98, Sonora 23 (G)

Shakira Lewis nearly matched Sonora’s point total by herself, winning the 100 and 200 while long jumping a personal best 16-7. She was also a part of the winning 4x100.

The Timberwolves also got big points from Sammie Oliveira, who won the 100 hurdles and triple jump and took second in the pole vault. Jaliya Williams joined Lewis on the 400 relay while taking second in the 100 and triple jump and third in the long jump.

Sophia Vukanovich won the 400.

Sierra (5-1) can steal a piece of the championship by beating Oakdale at home next week.

Frosh-soph

East Union 71, Manteca 59 (B)

Angel Franco led sweeps in the 1,600 and 3,200, and the Lancers (3-3) used the dominance in the distance events to squeak past their rivals.

Tariq Davis placed first in the 100 and 200, and Kyle Bean doubled up in the pole vault and long jump.

Manteca received winning efforts from Brandon Santos (110 hurdles), Edgar Herrera (300 hurdles), Nick Gatehouse (400), Andres Garcia (800), Billy Sharmoug (discus), Valenti Savedra (shot), Marcus Huerta (high jump) and Andrew Creighton (triple jump).

East Union 94, Manteca 19 (G)

The Lady Lancers (5-1) cruised to victory behind top scorer Maliah Watson, who finished first in the 300 hurdles, discus and shot.

Jami Arceo claimed the 100 hurdles and 400. Jordan McNeal won the 100 and was a part of a three-way tie for first in the high jump with teammates Tabatha Barrington and Emalee Hauck. Hauck also won the long jump.

Haley Cook (200), Marina Flores (3,200) and Karen Flores (triple) also won events for East Union. Evelyn Gonzalez (800) and Blake Lamoreaux (1,600) provided the lone first-place points for Manteca.

Sierra 76, Sonora 55 (B)

Marc Evans hit a personal record in the long jump (18-1) top win while taking third in the triple. Carlos Campos placed first and third in the 3,200 and 1,600, respectively.

Sierra 91, Sonora 21 (G)

Elizabeth Ma kept her league undefeated streak alive in the 800 and mile, and the Timberwolves (5-1) swept in the long jump, triple jump, shot put and discus throw.

Other event winners were Baile Miller (long jump, triple jump), Sierra Dunham shot put) and Morgan Willis (high jump, 300 hurdles).

 

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