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Manteca boys edge Sierra with mile relay victory
Sierra Highs Ricky Morris, left, makes his move on Mantecas Isaiah Cruz in the final stretch of the 1,600-meter run in a Valley Oak League dual meet at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Thursday. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The 4x400 relay teams were separated by two seconds.

And Manteca High’s boys track and field team won by two points.

At Sierra Thursday, the Buffaloes got the better of their crosstown rival by winning the final event of the meet. Anchor leg Jordan Lyons led Manteca’s mile relay quartet to a 3-minute, 38-second finish and a 65-63 overall victory.

The girls competition was won more decisively, with Sierra administering a 103-24 drubbing.

“It was a dog fight from the get-go,” Sierra coach Nate Diamantine said of the varsity boys battle. “It was back and forth the whole meet. We’re battling a lot of injuries, but the kids showed impressive heart today.”

Lyons was Manteca’s top all-around performer, winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes. The Buffaloes were able to do their damage with depth, racking up points with many second- and third-place finishes.

First-year senior Bret Wilson and veteran distance runner Ricky Morris were Sierra’s top points producers. Wilson won the high jump and shot put and was second in the discus. Morris took first in the 1,600 and 3,200 and second in the 800.

Kayson Matela was victorious in the long and triple jumps, Juan Williams claimed the 800 and Daniel Denz won the 300 hurdles and finished second in the 110 hurdles.

Leading the Lady Timberwolves’ blowout win was first-year senior Shakira Lewis, who won the triple and long jumps, the 100 and was on the winning 400 relay.

Sophomore Sophia Vukanovich picked up first-place points in the 400 and 800. Sammie Oliveira was first in the 100 hurdles and pole vault and third in the 300 hurdles.

Freshman Haley Silva finished first and second in the mile and half-mile, respectively. Didra Reese won the 300 hurdles and took second in the 100 hurdles.

The only event Manteca’s girls won was the 4x400. Sierra did not field a mile relay team.

Oakdale 90, East Union 50 (B)

Angelo Zerbini stood out in the sprints, winning the 100 and 200 and helping the 400 relay take the top spot.

Thrower JoJo Daigle ended up first in the shot and second in the discus.

Oakdale 96, East Union 36 (G)

Freshman Katelyn Allen contributed for East Union in her varsity debut, placing second in the 100 and third in the 400.

Hurdler Sarah Jackson claimed the 100 and was the runner-up in the 300. Standout pole vaulter Jerrica Hauck triumphed in her specialty event and contributed points with a third-place finish in the 100.

Frosh-soph boys

Manteca 67, Sierra 56

Khashari Nguyen provided the Timberwolves big points, as he won all three distance events.

Nick Valdes finished first in both hurdles. Jonathan Montoya won the 100, took third in the 200 and was on the winning 4x100. JoJo Macias turned in the first-place mark in the pole vault.

Oakdale 71, East Union 51

Tariq Davis sprinted to victory in the 100, 200 and 4x100 to pace the Lancers.

Angel Franco was the runner-up finisher in all three distance events, and Ethan Woodall took second both throws.

Frosh-soph girls

Sierra 76, Manteca 31 (G)

Winning two events for Sierra were Morgan Willis (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Elizabeth Ma (800, mile) and Anna Cardenas (triple jump, long jump).

Natalie Griffin won the pole vault, helped the 4x100 relay take first and placed third in the 200. Maria Jose Correa was first in the 400 and second in the pole vault.

East Union 71, Oakdale 58

Helping East Union prevent a four-team sweep for Oakdale was Jordan McNeal. She won the 100, high jump, 4x100 and placed second in the 200.

Jami Arcero triumphed in the 400 and added second-place points in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Malia Watson won the shot put, finished third in the discus and joined McNeal on the winning 4x100.