TRACY —Alexus Surnip set a personal record in the long jump and was among the top overall performers Thursday in the Valley Oak League Championships hosted at Kimball High’s Don Nicholson Stadium.
The Sacramento State-bound senior from East Union blew out the competition in the long jump with her leap of 18 feet, 3 ¾ inches. Sierra’s Miranda Miller (16-8 ¼) was the runner-up. She was the only representative from the Manteca area at the CIF State Championships a year ago. More on her later.
The top four placers in each event along with competitors who meet or surpass at-large marks advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III meet May 7 and 9 at Golden Valley High.
Surnip also won the 100-meter hurdles (15.64), beating out teammate Julia Vezaldenos (16.50), took third in the triple jump and was part of the winning 4x100 relay. Sprinting standout Jadyn Snear, Jaiden Valencia and Lauren Pablo joined Surnip on the relay. Snaer won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and Valencia was the runner-up in the triple jump.
East Union freshman Maury Ortiz is off to a blazing start in the postseason. He set personal records in the mile (4 minutes, 35.55 seconds) and 3,200 (10:21.22), edging out Weston Ranch junior Brian Arevalo in both races.
Miller continued to set new standards for herself and the Sierra record books. She broke her own school record in the triple jump with a mark of 38-8 1/4 and took second in the pole vault.
Sierra’s Holden Fishburn was the area’s top male in field events, placing first in the shot put (46-5) and second in the discus throw. Nicholas Stanley successfully defended his league title in the 110 hurdles (15.06) and took third in the 300 hurdles. He was also part of the first-place mile relay with David Correa, Saul Contreras and Jerardo Salcedo. Correa also placed second in the 800 and third in the 400.
Jeida Lavender, also of Sierra, won the girls 400 and finished third in the 200.
Julia Moreno led Manteca High athletes, taking second in the 300 hurdles and third in the long jump. Sierra’s Megan Oblin was the 800 runner-up and third-place finisher in the mile.
East Union’s Noe Acevedo dominated the lower-level distance races, winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
Double winners included Weston Ranch’s Krista Johnson (200, 400) and Manteca’s Raveen Nijjar (800, mile).
Other first-place finishers: East Union’s Leilani Viloria (pole vault), Mikayla Surnip (long jump) and Amanda Perry (3,200); Manteca’s Domenic Favaloro (110 hurdles), girls 4x100 and girls 4x400 relays; and Sierra’s Keilana Babauta (300 hurdles).