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Sierra High boys take track title
Leticia Heron of East Union finished third at 4 feet, 6 inches in the Mudville Invitational high jump on Saturday at Bear Creek. - photo by Dave Campbell

STOCKTON - Sierra’s Haley Silva is an iron woman – and she is only a sophomore.

Silva ran away with the 1600 and 3200 meter races Saturday at the Fourth Annual Mudville Invitational at Bear Creek High School’s Podesto Field while the Timberwolves boys won the team title.

Silva’s time in the 1600 (5 minutes, 40.67 seconds) bested the rest of the field by nearly 11 seconds and her 11:49.42 in the 3200 was 15 seconds better than second place.

“I felt really ready to run,” Silva said.

Sierra coach Ezequiel Ruiz was pleased with his team’s effort.

“It was a very good meet for us,” Ruiz said. “A lot of our kids performed at a high level.

“It was a positive day.”

Sierra’s Mason Merilles won the shot put (46 feet, 8 inches) and was fourth in the discus (128-10 ½).

“It was fun,” Merilles said. “It made up for last year when I didn’t do very well here.”

Onix Parades won the pole vault for the Timberwolves (12-6). Finishing second for the Sierra boys were Nicholas Valdes in the 300 hurdles (42.12), Emmanuel Elijah in 100 (11.14), and Elijah, Nchekube Uwakwe, Jordan Lewis and Edward Kilgore in the 400 relay (42.93). Picking up third for the Timberwolves were Valdes in the 110 hurdles (16.48), Josh Spooner in the 1600 (4:38.87) and 3200 (10:07.80). Jaliya Williams took third for Sierra in the girls long jump (16-3 ½).

East Union’s Jordan McNeal finished second in the girls 100 (12.91) and second in the 400 relay along with Katelyn Allen, Emalee Hauck and Haley Cook. Teammate Leticia Heron was third in the high jump (4-6) as was Taylor Baum in the 800 (2:45.36) and 1600 (6:00.75). East Union’s Kyle Bean was second in the boys pole vault (12-0).

K.V. Singh of Lathrop finished third in the boys high jump (5-8) as did teammate Harkiat Bassi in the boys 300 hurdles (42.53).

In frosh-soph action, the Lathrop girls took third and Sierra’s Jojo Macias shattered the pole-vault record.

In 2012, Parades tied the pole-vault record at 11 and Macias eclipsed it by 18 inches with a mark of 12-6. The Timberwolves went 1-2 in the shot with Anthony Santiago winning (46-0 ½) and Runmick Cheema finishing second (43-10). Sheema was third in the discus (103-1). Teammate Garet Stone was second in the 1600 (4:55.70) and 3200 (10:47.32) and Lathrop’s Nathan Shelton was third in the high jump (5-4).

Breonna Henry was second for Lathrop in the triple jump (28-9) and third in the 100 (13.92). Teammate Terrina Phillips was third in 400 (1:04.48) and second on the 1600 relay team along with Laura Ashley Diboki, Stefanie Rock and Delica Higares. Diboki was third in the high jump (4-2).

Maliah Watson led the East Union girls with a first-place finish in the shot put (30-10 ½) and second place in the discus (90-0). Finishing third for the Lancers were Olivia Vezaldenos in the 300 hurdles (55.09) and Cassidy Smith in the shot (28-6).