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Strong showing for Sierra in 12th Annual Tom Moore Relays
Manteca’s Vince Herrera heads into the first turn of the 800-meter event during the 12th Annual Tom Moore Relays at the newly renovated Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium. - photo by HIME ROMERO
The Sierra High track and field program invited nearly 30 programs to participate in the 12th Annual Tom Moore relays and it was the Timberwolves who looked most impressive, winning the varsity boys meet and taking second in varsity girls action for an impressive team finish Saturday at the recently completed track in Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.

The Sierra varsity boys’ team score of 86 was more than 20 points better than second place Atwater (62) and third place Oakdale (52) for a convincing win. The girls closed out the meet with 53 points, good for second place, yet a distant second to Oakdale’s girls score of 95.

Sierra finished second to Oakdale in the Sweepstakes Award, given to the highest combined scores of the boys and girls programs, with 139 points to Oakdale’s 147.

East Union was the only other area school to garner a top-5 finish, closing the meet with a fourth best overall score in the girls varsity competition.

The event was a highlight on many levels for the Timberwolves program, marking the debut meet of their new facility and finishing the meet with a pair of championships and a second place finish.

“This was a great meet for a lot of different reasons,” Sierra head coach Anthony Chapman said. “We had several volunteers; students and parents alike. It took a large number of people to put on that meet and I probably had 75-plus volunteers.

“For us, that is obviously saying that there are a lot of people that our programs has done something for.”

Sierra’s boys got a strong meet from Ulysses Knapps, as Knapps won the triple jump and the long jump for the only multiple-winner. John Bowers picked up where his impressive season closed a year ago, winning the 1600 with a time of 4:33.62. Grant Widmer’s leap of 5 feet, 10 inches was good for second place in the boys long jump.

Sierra’s Taylor Wilson finished second in the girls long jump, with a leap of 15 feet, 7 ½ inches.

The Timberwolves have been a staple atop the recent Valley Oak League track and field standings and their impressive meet Saturday proves that the program is far from taking a step backwards.

“I told our team yesterday that everyone in the VOL except the two Ceres schools will be here and everyone will be looking at each other,” Chapman said. “I wanted them to come out and perform well and obviously we fared pretty well. Our varsity boys and our frosh-soph boys won it, and our varsity girls took second.

“So obviously we had a good day at Sierra High.”

— Jagada Chambers