Reigning Sac-Joaquin Section champions converged at Stouffer Park in Ripon in a Valley Oak League cross country dual meet on Wednesday.
East Union's boys won decisively 19-38, as did the Ripon girls, 22-35. The Lancers boys squad won the SJS Division III title on their way to a sixth-place finish in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships. Ripon's girls took SJS Division IV crown and placed 20th at state.
In the boys race on Wednesday, Johnny Sandoval once again paced East Union with the top time of 17 minutes, 41 seconds. Teammates Cooper Freeman (17:43) and Alex Cuevas (18:26) followed in second and third. Evan Cooper (sixth, 18:50) and Abel Zuniga (seventh, 18:54) capped the Lancers' score.
Ripon was headed by Julio Palaez (18:27) and Omar Alsaidi (18:33), who finished fourth and fifth. They were back by Valente Hernandez (eighth, 19:34), Carlos Tarango (ninth, 19:50) and Tristan Anderson (12th, 21:20).
Ripon's Annie Wild (21:14) and Jenna Skavdahl (21:31) went 1-2 in the girls competition. Jocelin Figueroa (fourth, 23:44), Alyson Harvey (seventh, 25:07.6) and Lauren Martini (eighth, 27:28) were the rest of the Indians' scorers.
East Union featured Linda Medrano (third, 22:15), Taylor Snaer (fifth, 24:32), April Duarte (sixth, 25:07.5), Ruth Okeanya (ninth, 28:56) and Dayanara Fausto (12th, 31:22).
Sierra 297, Manteca DQ
Mikaella Manto highlighted the round at Manteca Park Golf Course with a 1-under 35. She and the Timberwolves cruised to victory, as Manteca did not field a full team.
Other scoring contributors for Sierra were Julia Erdman (52), Anna Dickinson (63), Mackenzie Funk (72) and Rylee Zavala (75). Manteca scorers were Emalyne Lundbom (57), Bella George (65), Kylee Eliott (72) and Ava Gary (75).
Beyer 6, Lathrop 3
Tammy Pham prevailed 6-3, 6-2 over Cynthhia Madrigal in the No. 1 singles match for visiting Lathrop.
The Spartans picked up another team point from No. 6 Godwina Ogbeide, who dispatched Angela Wong, 7-5, 6-2. Lathrop's top doubles team of Ruby Chavez and Madilynn Romero won 6-2, 6-4 against Patricia Trevillyan and Peja Kinsey. No. 3 singles player Jocelyn Lat dropped a competitive match 7-6 (5), 4-6, 2-6 to Gracie Roberts.