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Mantecas boys track team eying in VOL title
Phillip Herrera of Manteca competes in a long-distance event. The Buffaloes improved to 6-0 with a VOL victory over Lathrop on Wednesday, 102-30. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Manteca moved that much closer to repeating as Valley Oak League boys track and field champions on Wednesday.

The Buffaloes continued their dominance of VOL competition as they knocked off Lathrop, 102-30. The girls improved to .500 in the conference after a 69-62 win over the visiting Spartans.

“The varsity boys dominated again, leaving only our meet against East Union as the final step to winning back-to-back VOL titles,” Manteca head coach Sean Hogan said. “Next week is going to be a challenge.”

Manteca could win a second straight conference title with a victory over EU on Wednesday in a cross-town rivalry. Jordan Lyons won the 100-meter dash with an 11.30 and the 400. Eddie Smith won the 200 with a 23.71. Brandon Galan won the 3,200 meter race with an 11-minute, 30-second finish. Martin Ponce took second for the Buffaloes (6-0 VOL).

Carl Chandler won the long jump and triple jump for Manteca’s boys while Summer Kirby won the long jump for the girls. Lathrop’s Akilah Lesley won the triple jump. Ivan Chacala won the discus for Manteca boys and Daniel Clemons took the shot put.

Lathrop’s KV Singh won the high jump for boys and Taylor Lreal won it for the Spartans’ varsity girls.

For Manteca’s girls, Jade Griffin and sophomore Illiana Calderau had stellar performances. Griffin won the 100 and 200 and anchored both winning relay teams. Calderau won the shot put and Sophie Barragan won the 400 (1:06). Sophia Serrano won the 300 hurdles for Manteca (3-3 VOL).

The Manteca boys frosh-soph team beat Lathrop 88-44. The Spartans’ lower-level girls won, 85-34.

East Union 80, Sonora 55 (B)

East Union 122, Sonora 1 (G)

East Union picked up another solid league victory after knocking off visiting Sonora, who didn’t put up much of a contest on the girls side.

The Lancers’ Sarah Jackson took first place in the 110 and 300 hurdles and was part of the winning 4x4 relay team. Rebekah Jacobson took the gold in the triple and long jump. Jordan McNeal finished first in the 100 and 200 and was also anchoring the winning 4x1 relay team. Josephine Valdez took first in the shot put and the discus.

The Lancers’ girls improved to 4-2 in the VOL, while the boys upped their record to 3-3.

Nick Pulos took first in hurdling events and the high jump. He also took second in the triple jump. Angelo Zerbini took first in the 100 and second in the 200. He was also second in the long jump and anchored the winning 4x1 team. Angel Franco took first in the 3200 and settled for second in the 800 and 1600.

The EU frosh-soph boys beat Sonora 91-45, and the girls tallied a 122-1 romp.