MODESTO — Sierra is one step closer to repeating as the Valley Oak League’s varsity boys and girls champions.
Both of Sierra’s teams went undefeated Wednesday at Legion Park, where the second of three league meets took place. The VOL finale is set for Oct. 25 at a site yet to be determined.
East Union’s Noe Reyes and Sierra’s Megan Oblin once again set the pace in the two races. Reyes and the Lancers are the chief competitors for Sierra’s boys, which beat them in head-to-head scoring, 24-32.
Reyes took first overall with a time of 16 minutes, 55.9 seconds. Following him through the chute were Central Catholic’s Anthony Vazquez (17:00.0), Sierra’s Isaias Ghezae (17:04.9) and Weston Ranch’s Brian Arevalo (17:17.9).
Other local top-10 finishers in the varsity boys competition are Weston Ranch’s Jeremiah Robancho (sixth, 17:32.9), East Union’s Charlie Sanders (seventh, 17:39.0) and Sierra’s Frankie Leyva (17:44.0). East Union edged out Weston Ranch 25-30 to affirm its spot behind Sierra.
The Sierra girls team beat Kimball more decisively 24-34 after squeaking out a two-point win over the Jaguars in the league opener. Oakdale had close wins over Kimball, 27-31, and Manteca, 27-30, to help Sierra create some separation.
Oblin dominated the field with her 19:20.8 finish. Kayden Legan was the next closest runner in 20:53.8. Sierra’s Jasmin Correa (third, 20:57.2), Manteca’s Brianna Rodriguez (fourth, 20:59.1), East Union’s Julia Vezaldenos (sixth, 21:03.5), Weston Ranch’s Jasmine Basco (seventh, 21:04.9), Lathrop’s Maria Soto (eighth, 21:07.5) and Manteca’s Mia Watson (10th, 21:30.6) round out the top 10.
Sierra dominated at the junior varsity boys level, placing five runners in the top six. Jesse Hurtado (18:53.5) led the way with Cooper Sellers, Nathan Azevedo, Dominic Burrows and Moises Vazquez following in order. Isaiah Ochoa of Lathrop finished in fifth place.
Sierra also had three of the top four finishers — Celeste Angulo (24:42.6), Jeida Lavender and Cielo Angulo — in JV girls but did not have enough for a full squad, allowing Oakdale to win the meet. East Union’s Nina Murphy took fifth.
In frosh-soph boys, Sierra nipped Oakdale 27-29 to remain in the driver’s seat for a VOL title. Axel Rios (11:42.5) and Irving Figuueroa were the top two finishers, with Keegan Thomas taking fifth.
Amanda Perry led a 3-4-5-6 finish for frosh-soph girls-leading East Union. Jasmin Ruiz, Trinity Cervantez and Mariella Fernandez were also in the mix for the Lancers. Sierra’s Jenelle Rodriguez (14:31.0) and Monique Ochoa went 1-2.