The top sprinters on the Manteca High boys track and field team were nursing injuries in the Buffaloes’ final Valley Oak League dual meet at East Union Wednesday.
Their teammates picked up the slack elsewhere to beat their crosstown rival 82-53 and capture another league championship. East Union’s girls dominated 93-38 to finish in third place with a 5-2 record.
“Our sprinters are hurting right now, but the jumpers, throwers and distance runners put the hammer down to solidify their second straight VOL title,” Manteca coach Sean Hogan said.
Carl Chandler led the Buffaloes with wins in the high and triple jumps. His 6-foot leap in the high jump is a new personal record. Teammate Ryan Fox won the long jump.
Daniel Clemons paced the throwers with a 46-foot heave in the shot put. Phillip Herrera took first in the 800 and the mile, and Brandon Galan claimed the 3,200.
East Union (3-4) was spearheaded by Nick Pulos, who won both hurdle events while taking third in both the triple and high jumps. Angelo Zerbini won the 100-meter dash and anchored the winning 4x100 relay. Jeremiah Preston earned first-place honors in the 400, took second in the 200 and was part of both winning relays.
Jordan McNeal highlighted the Lady Lancers’ dominant effort in the sprints. She won the 100, 200 and punctuated the 4x100 relay team’s victory. Hayley Cook was the runner-up in the 200 but won the 400 and took part in both relays.
Taylor Baum won the 3,200 and took second in the mile. Rebekah Jacobson won the triple and long jumps.
The postseason begins on Saturday, May 4 with the VOL Championships at Sierra High.
Sierra 99, Weston Ranch 28 (B)
Sierra 91, Weston Ranch 33 (G)
With 11 of their athletes gearing up for Saturday’s Sacramento Meet of Champions, the Timberwolves looked to their depth to end their regular season on a high note.
Onyx Paredes highlighted the day for Sierra’s second-place boys (6-1), setting a personal record 16-foot mark in the pole vault. Teammate Jojo Macias cleared 14 feet to take second.
Jaliya Williams won the long and triple jumps to lead the girls.
“We backed off a little bit, so (contributions) were spread out across the board and everybody stepped up,” Sierra coach Ezequiel Diaz said.
East Union 97, Manteca 31
East Union wraps up its dual schedule with a perfect 7-0 record for a lower-level title.
Malia Watson and Hunter White were the top performers, as each were part of first-place finishes in four events. Watson won both throwing events, while White prevailed in the 100 and 200. Both were also on the winning relays.
Sierra 118, Weston Ranch 11
Johnny Machado had a busy day for Sierra. He won the 300 hurdles, took second in the 100 hurdles and helped both of the Timberwolves’ relay teams take first. Rumnick Cheema was first in the discus and second in the shot.
Manteca 69, East Union 58
Cody Keener helped East Union (3-4) stay competitive with wins in the 100, 200 and high jump. Dylan Tilden won the shot put and discus.