Miranda Miller is picking up where she left off last year.
The Sierra senior, and the area’s lone qualifier to the CIF State Track & Field Championships last year, won four events in a Valley Oak League dual meet Thursday and set a new program record in one of them.
The defending champion Timberwolves blew past visiting East Union 90-29 in the girls competition, while the boys coasted to a 99-19 win. Both of Sierra’s varsity teams improved to 2-0. The frosh-soph outcomes favored East Union.
A second-year track athlete, Miller came into the season with the school’s long and triple jump records already in her possession. On Thursday, she added the pole vault with a mark of 9 feet, 8 inches — 1 inch better than Natalie Griffin’s record set in 2014. Miller also won in the 100-meter hurdles.
Senior Megan Oblin contributed with first-place finishes in the 800 and 1,600. Freshman Lauren Pablo led East Union with wins in the 200 and 4x100. She was also second in the 100. Jadyn Snaer, the Lancers’ standout senior sprinter, is out as she recovers from a toe injury.
Sophomore Kimoni Stanley paced Sierra’s boys with victories in the 100, 200 and long jump. His older brother Nick Stanley, a returning Sac-Joaquin Section Masters qualifier, prevailed in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Jerardo Salcedo (400, 800) and Holden Fishburn (shot put, discus) also claimed two events each. Daniel Morales was East Union’s top varsity boys competitor with a win in the mile and runner-up finish in the 800.
East Union 85, Sierra 23
Maury Ortiz anchored East Union with wins in the 800 and the mile. He also anchored the winning mile relay.
SeanShea Griswold took first in the 100 and 200. Sierra’s Vincent Cruz took both hurdle events.
East Union 43, Sierra 39
East Union had few first-place finishers but was able to get the win with depth. Josephine Flores led the way with runner-up finishes in the 100 and 200.
Ysabella Hernandez took first in both sprint events.