Oakdale High’s girls track and field team met its stiffest challenge in a Valley Oak League finale at Sierra Thursday.
The Mustangs claimed sole possession of the title — their eighth in a row — with a 75-64 win. Sierra had a chance to force a share of the championship. The boys won handily, 94-42, as both of Sierra’s varsity squads finish with 5-2 records.
“It was one of the closest meets between us in a while,” first-year Sierra head coach Nate Diamantine said. “The girls showed a lot of heart.”
First-year senior sprinter Shakira Lewis made a big statement for Sierra throughout. Early in the meet, she anchored the Timberwolves’ winning 4x100 relay, rambling past Oakdale standout Me’che Brown in the process. Jaliya Williams, Mallory Freeman and Didra Reese joined Lewis in setting a season-best time of 51.93 seconds.
“That was one of the biggest races we were concerned about,” Diamantine said. “Shakira was very nervous coming into it against an experienced and talented athlete in Me’che Brown. After we won the 4x100 we definitely thought we had a good chance.”
Lewis went on to win the 100- and 200-meter dashes while taking third in the long jump.
Freshman Hayley Silva aided Sierra’s cause by taking first in the mile and 3,200 races. Promosing sophomore Sophia Vukanovich won the 800 and was second in the 400. Valerie Nestor hit a new personal record with a runner-up finish in the discus (100 feet, 7 inches) while winning the shot put.
Sophomore Onyx Paredes had a big day in the pole vault. His 14-foot vault eclipsed his previous high of 11-6 by a wide margin, and he nearly set a new school record at 14-6.
Jake Suppinger, another sophomore, also set personal records while winning the 400 and 800. Emmanuel Elijah placed first in the 100 and 200 while leading the 4x100 to victory. Kayson Matela was the top finisher in the long and triple jumps.
The Timberwolves picked up big points in the distance events. Ricky Morris spearheaded a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1,600, and Josh Spooner did the same in the 3,200.
Sierra 111, Oakdale 17
The Timberwolves (6-1) annexed a three-way share of the league title with Kimball and East Union with Thursday’s landslide victory.
Elizabeth Ma won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 while finishing undefeated in conference dual meets.
Mariajose Correa claimed the 200, 400 and helped the 4x400 take first. Chabryel Snaer took first in the 100 and high jump and second in the 200. Sierra got big contributions in the shot put, discus and triple jump as it swept each event.
Sierra 79, Oakdale 57
Jonathan Montoya (100, 200) and Aaron Mackey (1,600, 3,200) each won two events for Sierra (5-2). Montoya was also a part of the winning 4x100.
Others winnings events were Lucas Widmer (110 hurdles), Jojo Macias (pole vault) and Devin Nunez (400).