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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Jada Ikharo, Manteca track & field
AOW Jada Ikharo

 The multi-sport standout is ramping up for the postseason, although Coach Paul Lyons has had to advise her to slow down.

“The kid tries really hard at everything she does,” Lyons said. “The only problem is that I have to remind her that she has to take care of herself and not work herself to the ground.”

That work ethic is what has gotten Ikharo to this point.

Only a second-year track athlete, the senior shattered her own school record by more than a foot in the triple jump last Wednesday, April 10 during a Valley Oak League quad meet held at East Union.

Ikharo topped out at 36 feet, 2 inches and was the overall winner in the event. She also won the long jump with a season-best 16-0 ½, was part of the first-place 4x100 relay and took third in the high jump with a season-best 4-6 as a last-second addition in the event.

Ikharo’s performance helped the Buffaloes beat all three of their opponents — Central Catholic, East Union, Kimball — head-to-head. They have a chance to force a three-way tie for the championship on Thursday in a dual meet at Sierra.

Ikharo and the rest of Manteca’s standouts will then compete in the Sacramento Meet of Champions on Saturday.

“We have some big meets coming up, so we’re going to have to start pruning down to her stronger events,” Lyons said. “She’s going to want to compete in all of them, but her goal is to go as far as she possibly can. For this being her second year in the sport, I couldn’t be happier with what she has done, so far.”