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SJS champion East Union boys dominate VOL opener
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Linda Medrano, Ruth Okeanya, Olivia Morgan and April Duarte begin the race in East Union's Valley Oak League cross country meet against visiting Kimball on Wednesday. - photo by Wayne Thallander

The reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division III boys cross country champion was in dominant form in its Valley Oak League opener on Wednesday.

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Johnny Sandoval paces ahead of East Union teammate Cooper Freeman in the boys race. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Led by Johnny Sandoval, the Lancers dusted visiting Kimball on their makeshift course around campus. East Union's girls won via forfeiture as the Jaguars did not field a full squad. There were only seven entrants in all for the girls race.

In the boys competition, EU's top six runners beat the top placer from Kimball to the finish line. Following Sandoval in order were Cooper Freeman, Alex Cuevas, Maury Ortiz, Evan Cooper and Abel Zuniga. 

Two returning All-VOL performers dueled in the girls contest. Kimball's Shawna Blomgren came out on top, finishing in 23 minutes, 42 seconds. Taylor Snaer of East Union was the runner-up in 24:50. She was backed by teammates Linda Medrano (third), April Duarte (fourth), Ruth Okeanya (sixth) and Olivia Morgan (seventh). 

Manteca at Oakdale 

The host Mustangs got the team wins at all levels.

Sienna Jones was among Manteca's top performers with a second-place finish (19:54) in varsity girls. Addisyn Allen came in seventh, and Camilla Herrera in eighth. 

Martin Jacobo and Sergio Farias took fifth and eighth, respectively, to lead the varsity boys. Fabian Mendoza and Daniel Gonzalez took ninth and 10th. 

Dario Rodriguez won the 2-mile frosh-soph boys race in 12:49.