By VINCE REMBULAT
The Manteca High boys swim team may lack the numbers.
But they make up plenty with heart, according to coach Sarah Houck.
On Thursday, the Buffaloes (2-3 in the Valley Oak League) fell to Kimball, 91-78. But not lost was the effort turned in by Brandon Craighead.
“Brandon had a great day,” said MHS coach Elyce Ruble. “(He) won some great races.
“Almost everybody posted their best times (at this meet).”
Craighead took first place in the 100-meter butterfly (1 minutes, 03.36 seconds), 100 individual medley (2:22.80) and teamed up with Austin Welch, Rafael Calzada, and Sterling Roberts to capture the 200 medley relay (1:58.72).
Calzada also took first in the 50 freestyle (26.19).
Added Houck: “Coach Ruble and I are very proud of our boys – they are champions in our eyes.
“We have only 10 boys but they all managed to swim their hearts out against the defending VOL champions.”
Kimball 109, Manteca 60
Aakriti Dua took first in the 50 freestyle for the Buffaloes (2-3 in VOL).
Kimball 77, Sierra 59
The Timberwolves were outmatched by Kimball on Thursday, according to Sierra coach Ezequiel Ruiz.
“(They) have talented athletes in a lot of areas,” he said. “We matched up well but unfortunately things didn’t go our way.”
Among the standouts were Anthony Sequiera in the 3,200 meter run and Anthony Santiago in the shot put. Both took first place as did JoJo Macias in the pole vault.
Sierra 80, Kimball 52
The Timberwolves have plenty of overall depth.
“Our girls kept battling event after event before we finally came out on top,” Ruiz said. “We will continue to make progress as the season goes on and we’re expecting to finish the season strong.
Diana Cruz was a standout in the distance events, winning both the 1,600 and 3,200.
McKenna Albrecht was also a double winner, capturing the shot put and finishing in a tie with teammate Vanessa Padilla for the top spot in the discus.
The Timberwolves not only swept the discus but also the shot put, discus, 1,600 and both relay events.
Kimball 88, Sierra 44 (boys)
Sierra 81, Kimball 32 (girls)
Katarina Malabanan dominated the girls events, taking first in 100, 200, long jump and triple jump. Krista Harris was the top finisher in the shot put and discus.
For the boys, Leo Matthews won the 200, with Ricky Sadorra amd Albert Paez claiming the high jump and pole vault, respectively.
East Union 215,
In French Camp, Trevor Baum edged Christian Guzman for medalist honors and led East Union to the VOL win. Baum fired a 37, finishing one stroke better than Guzman, Lathrop’s talented freshman.Michael Lozano shot a 43, Manuel Telles closed with a 44, Alejandro Barajas carded a 45 and Clayton Dorland a 46 for the Lancers.
Only two Spartans joined Guzman with a sub-50 round: brothers Geoff (44) and Sam Fallon (46).