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Sierra boys repeat as champions; girls fall
Ulysses Knapps, left, and Stephen Thayer helped Sierra High earn its second straight Valley Oak League title in boys track Thursday at Oakdale. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
Sierra’s boys track and field team was expected to clinch at least share of its second straight Valley Oak League title, and fifth in seven years, Thursday at Oakdale High.

And Oakdale’s girls were favored to make it seven straight.

Just not by the margins posted in what was essentially the championship dual meet of the regular season between the league’s top two programs.

The Timberwolves won decisively in the boys meet, 98-33, while the Oakdale girls were victorious by a commanding 101-36 gap.

“That really surprised me,” Sierra coach Anthony Chapman said. “We had an idea of which team would win, just not that big. I don’t think it’s ever been like that.”

Sierra’s 6-0 boys squad could have won by an even larger margin had it not been disqualified in the 4x100 relay, though the Oakdale quartet was also DQ’d.

It didn’t matter, as Sierra swept the 200, triple jump and pole vault and placed 1 and 2 in six other events.

Grant Widmer picked up big points for the T’wolves, winning the 110-meter hurdles and pole vault while taking second in the 300 hurdles and high jump.

Ruben Lopez topped the field in the 400 and 800 and was on the winning 4x400. Ulysses Knapps (long jump, triple jump), Ricky Morris (mile, two-mile) and Stephen Thayer (100, 200) also won multiple events.

“It was a really strong showing on the part of our boys team,” Chapman said. “They kind of flexed their muscles today. We were really happy with the way they performed; they left everything on the track.

Sammy Oliveira was Sierra’s top female performer with wins in the 100 hurdles and triple jump. Jordan Johnson added first-place points in the long jump, and Chantel Burton claimed the discus throw.

Sierra’s girls are 5-1.

“We don’t have a lot of depth for the girls, and that’s a very good team they went up against today,” Chapman said. “I told the girls that I’m very proud of what they’ve done considering what we lost last year (to graduation).”

Sierra closes the dual season April 28 against visiting Weston Ranch.

East Union 104, Kimball 19 (Girls)
In Tracy, the Lady Lancers (3-2) welcomed back Mikayla Valdez after she missed most of the season with a concussion. The standout sprinter dominated in her return, as she won the 100 and 200 while leading both relays to victories.

Carmen Haro (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Megan Jordan (400, 800) also ran on both relay teams while contributing wins in two individual events.

Alejandra Alvarez won the 1,600 and 3,200 and was the runner up in the 800. Shalane Jackson chipped in first-place points in the high jump.

East Union 97, Kimball 28 (Boys)
Distance runner Daniel Martz and sprinter Ryanh Somphithack were both in on four wins for East Union (2-3) in Tracy.

Martz hit the trifecta by winning the 800, mile and two-mile races while contributing to the winning 4x400 relay. Somphithack won the 100 and triple jump and helped both relay teams win.

Joseph Daigle was a part of the 400 relay quartet, and he added a first-place finish in the shot put. Tyler Hardesty was on the 4x400 relay and won the 300 hurdles, took second in the 400 and third in the 110 hurdles.