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Spartan jumpers impress at VOL Championships
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OAKDALE — While Oakdale was busy racking up the win on the junior varsity boys’ side Saturday at the Valley Oak League Championships, a couple of Lathrop jumpers had impressive days.

Derrick Spears finished first overall in the high jump, besting the competition with a leap of 5-feet, 8-inches.

Jamie Christopherson, meanwhile, turned in a long jump of 19-07.5, nearly a foot better than the runner up, Anthony Nguyen of Manteca (18-11.5).

East Union’s Gustavo Lopez won the 3200, finishing in 11:36.91, and Manteca’s Josh Nkwacha was best in the triple jump, turning in a 38-07.25.

Sierra finished third in the team points tally with 78. Lathrop was fourth with 54, Manteca sixth with 39, East Union seventh with 31, and Weston Ranch ninth with three points.

On the girls’ side, which Sierra (147 points) ran away with, Arielle Jones broke a Sierra record in the frosh-soph triple jump, turning in a 32-06. Jones also won the long jump with a leap of 13-05.25.

Jones was also part of Sierra’s 4x400 relay team which broke a school record with a 4:37.67.

Sierra’s 4x100 squad was best at 55 seconds flat, and Rachel Gustafson walked away with the high jump crown after turning in a 4-02.

Malia Almeida won gold in both the 1600 (6:17.18) and the 3200 (14:28.95), and Laney Ribota won the 110 hurdles in 18.85 seconds.

Lathrop’s Jasmine Elder had an outstanding day as well, winning the discus (83-11), and finishing runner-up in the shot put (28-04.25).

East Union finished sixth with 37 points, Lathrop seventh with 30, and Manteca eighth with six. Weston Ranch didn’t field a junior varsity girls squad.
Central Valley 5, Lathrop 3 (Friday)
Lathrop wrapped the 2009 campaign with a close loss against the Hawks.

Michael Lopez lasted two, allowing three runs, and Ernie Garcia mopped up.

Jamie Christopherson went 2 for 4 at the dish with an RBI double and a run scored, while Donnell Tucker was 1 for 3.

Gabriel Castellanos was 1 for 2 with a run batted in, and Jared Weiler went 1 for 2.

East Union 7, Manteca 0 (Friday)
The Buffaloes had eight hits in the season-ending loss including two each from Mia Ramirez and Tara Dadasovich.

Dallas Mould, Rochele Perez, Cassandra Gonzales and Tessa Solario all singled.

Danielle Deerinck got the start and was solid through four.

Manteca wrapped the year 9-7 in VOL play and 13-9-2 overall.
— Brandon Petersen