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Sierra opens VOL season with dominant win at EU
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Sierras Nick Stanley, right leaps ahead of East Unions Richard Lopez on his way to a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin

So far, so good for the Sierra High track and field team.

The Timberwolves visited East Union for the first Valley Oak League dual meet of the season on Thursday and came away with wins at all four levels. In varsity action, the boys cruised to a 92-35 victory while Sierra’s girls prevailed, 93.5-42.5.

“It was a pretty good start to the season for us, winning all four levels,” Sierra coach Ezequiel Ruiz said. “We have a lot of new athletes this year and we saw some good races and marks, but we have a lot of work to do moving forward.”

Sierra set the tone early on the track, when 4x100 anchor Jasmin Correa came from behind to beat East Union standout sprinter Jadyn Snaer. 

Miranda Miller was the big contributor for the Timberwolves with wins in the triple and long jumps as well as the pole vault. Megan Oblin added first-place points in the 800 and 1,600.

Julia Vezaldenos was East Union’s top performer, taking first in the high jump, 300-meter hurdles and 3,2000. She was also the runner-up in the mile. Snear wound up with wins in the 100 and 200.

Jesse Hurtado was Sierra’s lone multiple-event winner for the boys, claiming the 800 and the 1,600. Blake Greenlee did much of the damage for the Lancers by winning all three jumps. Marco Perez placed first in the 3,200 and second in the mile. 

Elsewhere in the VOL, Manteca was swept by visiting Kimball, which won handily in varsity boys 113-6 and varsity girls, 102-25. It was all Buffaloes at the lower levels, as the frosh-soph boys won 82-37 while the girls rolled, 124-9. 


Lathrop boys 78, 

Central Catholic 56

LATHROP — Michael Ramos spearheaded Lathrop in the sprints, winning the 100 and aiding the first-place 4x100 relay. 

The frosh-soph Spartans also won, 85-20.


Lathrop girls 98, 

Central Catholic 35

LATHROP — Zakiyaa Nelson bolted her way to first-place finishes in the 100, 200 and 4x100.

Virly Santos joined Nelson on the winning relay and won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

Lathrop won at the frosh-soph girls level, 66-10.


Frosh-soph boys

Sierra 73, East Union 28

Irvin Figueroa (1,600, 800), Eric Lopez (100, 200) and Ryan McCullough (triple jump, long jump) paced Sierra. 

Noe Azevedo took first in the 3,200 and second in the 1,600 for East Union.


Frosh-soph girls

Sierra 61, East Union 49

Sierra’s Katelyn Finnicum conquered the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, while Roththida Sok (triple jump, long jump) Abida Ali (shot put, discus) were key contributors in field events.