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Lathrop boys edge Oakdale, now 4-1
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The Lathrop track and field team continued its breakout campaign Thursday, beating visiting Oakdale at three of the four levels.

The varsity boys came up with the most notable win, edging out the Mustangs 70-65 to improve to 4-1 in the Valley Oak League. Oakdale’s league-leading girls squad dominated, 100-36.

Horatio Venable was the top points producer for the Spartans, earning firsts in the 100-meter dash and long jump while joining Tremayne Willis — the 200 winner and 100 runner-up — on the triumphant 4x100 relay.

Elijah Hunter took first in the discus and shot put and was backed by Nathan Ogunbanwo, who was third in both events. Tarik Steen finished second in the three distance runs.

Lathrop was overwhelmed by the depth and experience of Oakdale on the girls side but had its share of highlights. Sophie Serrano (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Marisol Baltazar (mile, two-mile) were both double winners, while Kira Booth took first in the 100. Terinna Phillips spearheaded a 1-2-3 sweep in the 800. The Lady Spartans are now 2-4 in the VOL.

“We’ve been putting out some very good performances this season,” Lathrop coach Krystle Davis said. “The kids are really understanding their hard work means we are more than just competitive, we are actually pretty good.”

The Spartans remain undefeated at the lower levels.

The frosh-soph boys prevailed 84-51 behind four-event winners Michael Ramos (100, 110 hurdles, long jump, 4x100) and Galvin Munoz (200, 400, 4x100, 4x400). Juan Diaz won the 800 and 1,600.

Lathrop’s frosh-soph girls got a big boost in the distance events, as Crystal Baltazar and Victoria Lanzarin went 1-2 in the 800, mile and two-mile runs. Virily Santos took first in both hurdle events.

East Union sweeps Ranch

The varsity Lady Lancers (2-3) won every event and toppled visiting Weston Ranch, 107-13.

Aiko Jones won the long jump, triple jump and pole vault. Standout sprinter Jordan McNeal captured first in the 100, 200 and 4x100. Recent varsity call-up Kelley Higginson was victorious in the 800 and 1,600. Maliah Watson claimed both throwing events.

East Union dispatched the Cougars in varsity boys action, 90-41. Cody Keener was the top performer with wins in the 200, high jump and 4x100. Taariq Davis anchored the 400 relay and took first in the 100.

The frosh-soph girls coasted to a 95-6 win behind multi-event winners Sarah Cohoon (400, 800) and Nicole Robertson (100, long jump, 4x100). Jaxon Bramell (mile, two-mile, pole vault) highlighted the East Union frosh-soph boys’ 98-31 win.