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Lancers lead
Lancers run away with victory over Buffaloes
Manteca High’s Angel Gomez competes in the long jump during the Buffaloes’ VOL loss to East Union Thursday. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The cross-town rivalry between Manteca and East Union might all be in the spirit of fun, but the Lancers showed Thursday that there is still a healthy dose of competition involved.

East Union’s boys combined their efforts on the track and in the field to edge out the Buffaloes – led by Daniel Martz’ impressive performance with victories in the 800-meters, the 1600-meters and the 3200-meters.

Ryanh Somphiphack locked up first place medals for the Lancers in the 100-meters and the triple jump, while Joseph Daigle took first in the shot put, second in the triple jump and third in the long jump.

The victory improved East Union’s record to 4-3 in VOL action.

East Union’s varsity girls, however, had no trouble running away with their victory.

Carmen Hall was electric in her wins in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles events. She was also part of the 4x100 meter relay team.

Megan Jordan took first in both the 400 and 800-meter runs and was part of the 4x100 meter relay team, and Makalya Valdez took first in the 100 and 200-meter runs and also blazed as part of the 4x100 meter relay team.

Jerrica Hauck gave the Lancers some points in the field events with her firsts in the pole vault and high jump and second in the long jump. She also went on to finish third in the 100-meters. Blanca Segura dominated the throwing events with her first in the discus and second-place finish in the shot-put.

East Union’s varsity girls improve to 5-2 in VOL action with the win.

“The one thing that I saw today that I was really happy with was the enthusiasm that they have when we compete against Manteca – everybody seems to have a really good time out there,” said East Union head coach Todd Dunaway. “Lots of our kids are friends with kids on the other team, so it’s kind of like a friendly match for bragging rights. I like how we completed today.’

Sierra 122, Weston Ranch 11 (B)

Sierra 122, Weston Ranch 0 (G)

The Timberwolves were able to close out the season just as they planned, taking care of Weston Ranch in both boys and girls action.

The boys were able to win in each event, outscoring the Cougars by more than 100 points. Harold Bright earned victories in the triple jump, 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay. Teammate Ulysses Knapps was victorious in the long jump as well as joining Bright on both relay wins.

Grant Widmer won the high jump, pole vault and the 110-hurdles, while Kolton Cody and Stephan Thayer teamed on the 4x100 relay’s win. Justin Patton (400, 4x400), Ruben Lopez (mile) and Justin Parham (shot put) all recorded wins for Sierra as well.

The girls dominance was nearly perfect, winning each event like the boys and getting a big win in the 400 from senior Kayla Erion and Jordan Johnson took the long jump and the 4x100 relay. Jaclyn McAllaster won the 200 and the 4x100 relay.

“I just told the kids before the meet that we wanted to get better,” Sierra head coach Anthony Chapman said. “We had some people resting for the Meet of Champions, so it was good to see some of the younger members step up and do well.”

Sierra’s distance runners will be at a meet in Elk Grove at Sheldon High, while another 10 Timberwolves will be getting ready for the Meet of Champions in Sacramento Saturday.


Sierra 105, Weston Ranch 13 (B)

Sierra 49, Weston Ranch 47 (G)

The Sierra boys team was able to close out the season with their fifth straight undefeated season and the girls were able to slip past the Cougars to close out the season over .500.

Sierra’s boys were a perfect 7-0 for the fifth consecutive season, while the girls were able to finish with a 4-3 mark.