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East Union boys, Sierra girls win VOL dual
East Union-Sierra track & field
Sierra's Shomari McKnight won the discus with a throw of 129 feet, 9 inches, a personal best by more than 11 feet. - photo by Dave Campbell

Sierra and visiting East Union split their Valley Oak League Track and Field contests Thursday,

with the Timberwolves winning the girls 75-52 and Lancers winning the boys 68-63 at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.

The East Union boys won all the running events with Evan Cooper winning the 400 meters and the 800 followed by Kainoa Ontai (100), Cesar Salinas (200), Johnny Sandoval (1,600) and Cooper Freeman (3,200). Sierra’s Vincent Cruz won the 100 and 300 hurdles. 

“I felt smooth,” Sandoval said. “I had a hard cross country season, so it felt good to be back running with my teammates.

“I feel like I had more to spare at the end.”

Ontai anchored the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams with Salinas, Gerardo Herrera and Ian Metcalf on the 4x100 and Salinas, Herrera and Maury Ortiz in the 4x400.

Sierra’s Shomari McKnight won the shot put with a personal best by more than 11 feet at 129 feet, 9 inches.

“It felt amazing,” McKnight said. “I did all the things right that I was supposed to and it feels so good when you get that achievement you have been working for.”

In girls competition, East Union’s April Duarte won the 800 and 1600 with teammates Taylor Snaer taking the 200 and 400 and Linda Medrano the 3200. Jazmine Gutierrez won the discus and Alesandra Carnigal-Holmes the shot put.

“It was great with the people that came out to support me today,” Duarte said after her 1600.

“I ran faster than I usually do but I am probably going to have to run faster still.”

For Sierra, Chantel Schneider won the 100 and 300 hurdles, Alex Chapman the triple jump and high jump, Alani Mullenix the 100 and Abby Chapman the long jump.

This was Alex Chapman’s first high-jump competition with a winning jump of 4-8.

“I just keep working hard,” Alex Chapman said. “I am always trying my best.

“I don’t know if I am going to continue high jumping because I am also doing hurdles and triple jump, but it was pretty good for my first time and it was fun.”