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Spartans boys sprint past Sierra
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Lathrop High’s track and field program continued its breakout season Thursday with a varsity split at Sierra, while its frosh-soph teams remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League with one meet to go.

The varsity boys defeated the area’s most decorated team in recent years, 77-59. Sierra’s girls, however, won 76-55. It was all Lathrop at the frosh-soph level.

“We started four years ago with 17 kids and a mission to build a strong program,” Lathrop coach Krystle Davis said. “Today we have over 90 kids and an excited group that committed to being the best and loves track and field.”

Lathrop’s boys (5-1) got the bulk of its points in the sprints and jumping events. Tremayne Willis spearheaded 1-2-3 sweeps in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Horatio Venable and Jairell McCain were the respective No. 2 and 3 finishers, and they joined Willis on the winning 4x100. Willis also helped the mile relay take first. Zach Ormande chipped in wins in the 400 and 4x400.

Raymond Macciocchi and Isaias Hunter headed sweeps in the long and high jumps, respectively. Elijah Hunter won the discus and was second in the shot put.

Garret Stone was Sierra’s top performer of the day, with wins in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

The Lathrop varsity girls team had strong efforts but could not overcome Sierra’s depth.  Lathrop’s Sophia Serrano was the top scorer with firsts in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump and 4x400. Terrina Phillips was first in the 800 and third in the 400. Marisol Baltazar took second in the 1,600 and 3,200 and third in the 800. Danya Phillips and Angela Adade placed 1-2 in the high hump.

Frosh-soph boys

Lathrop 104, Sierra 28

Galvin Munoz led Lathrop’s dominant effort with wins in the 300 hurdles, 400 and both relays. Michael Ramos was the top athlete in the 110 hurdles, long jump and 4x100. Tyrell Cooper was another four-event winner (high jump, triple jump, relays). James Smith (200, 4x100) and Miguel Andrade (800, 3,200) each claimed two events and were second one.

Frosh-soph girls

Lathrop 74, Sierra 49

Sprinter Zakiyaa Nelson (100, 200, relays) was in our four first-place finishes for the Spartans. Merlinda Arciga (400, relays) was a three-event winner, while Krystal Baltazar (800, 3,200) and Verly Santos (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) each won two. Sierra’s Krista Harris earned firsts in the shot and discus