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Timberwolves sprint past Buffaloes
Sierra High sprinter Jordan Johnson picks up steam at the turn en route to winning the 200-meter dash in Monday’s Valley Oak League meet against Manteca High at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
A week off from competition and the rare Monday meet did little to slow down Sierra High’s track and field team.

Crosstown opponent Manteca High, the “host” team at Sierra’s Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, got some outstanding performances from a couple of its male athletes but was still drubbed, 86-36. Sierra won even more handily on the girls side, 108-18.

Both Sierra teams improved to 2-0 in Valley Oak League duals.

The meet was supposed to take place last Thursday at Manteca High but was postponed because of rain. There were no problems getting the meet going Monday under blue skies on Sierra’s all-weather track.

“I was a little concerned because we’ve never had a meet on a Monday,” Sierra coach Anthony Chapman said. “We were making sure the kids were mentally ready to go, but all things considered they had a pretty good day.”

Sierra’s boys were without multi-event workhorse Grant Widmer, who was on a college visit in Colorado. It didn’t matter.

Stephen Thayer and Colton Kody went 1-2 in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and were on the winning 4x100 relay team.

“They’re neck-and-neck right now, which is great,” Chapman said. “That’s pushing them to get better and that will only benefit the team.”

Thayer and Kody were joined by standout jumpers Ulysses Knapps, who led a 1-2-3 sweep in the long on top of winning the triple, and Harold Wright in the 400 relay.

Adam Bennett marked a big 152-foot, 5-inch measurement in winning the discus and was second to teammate Will Ward in the shot put.  Ward was one of three Sierra shot putters to go at least 42 feet, finishing with a 42-9.

Christian Yasay and Josh Anderson were first in the pole vault and high jump, respectively.

Ruben Lopez won the 800 but was edged out by Manteca’s Paul Lyons in the 400, his best event. Lyons’ hand time of 50.96 seconds bested Lopez’s 51.20.

Lyons accounted for 15 of Manteca’s points by himself. With Widmer out, he wasn’t tested in his marquee events, the 110 and 300 hurdles. He was also a part of the winning 4x400 team.

Distance runner Hoang Bien did the rest of the damage for the Buffaloes, as he placed first in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Senior Jordan Johnson, a track newcomer, anchored Sierra’s girls team with wins in the 100, 200 and long jump, events that the Timberwolves swept.

Sierra also swept the triple jump, won by Kayla Rose, the shot put (Valerie Nestor) and discus (Valerie Westover). In other field events, Kim Lucero was the lone participant to clear the opening jump for the win, and Kayla Miller was first in the pole vault.

Also winning for Sierra were Laney Ribota (100 hurdles), Samme Olivera (300 hurdles) and Francis Scherry (3,200)

Brianna Lucas provided some of Manteca’s few highlights with first-place finishes in the 400 and 800, while Claudia Aguilar claimed the 1,600.

Manteca continues league action Thursday when Lathrop visits, while Sierra is heads to UC Berkley to compete in the Oakland Relays.