The track season is about the heat up.
Valley Oak League duals ended Thursday with East Union splitting the varsity competition with visiting rival Manteca on Thursday. Epifanio Estrada had a big day for the Manteca boys, who came away with an 80-53 victory. The Lady Lancers prevailed, 70-54.
Estrada ruled the distance events, placing first in the 800, mile and two-mile. Charles Mitchell won the 100 and anchored the winning 4x100 (Michael Sarmiento, Kameron Beamon, Ascari Johnson).
Others chipping in first-place points in individual events were John Sabar (400), Austin Klinesmith (discus) and Johnson (long jump).
Manteca’s first-place finishers were Kaley Miller (100 hurdles), Julia Moreno (400), Julianne Eavenson (discus) and Kaitlynn Funsch (triple jump).
Top performers for East Union’s varsity boys and girls were not available as of press time.
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The Timberwolves finished in a first-place tie with a 6-1 record, garnering their first varsity girls championship in more than 10 years.
Multi-event winners were McKenna Albrecht (shot, discus), Alexus Surnip (long jump, 100) and Sabrina Caldwell (1,600, 3,200).
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Kyle Wesley rolled to wins in the 100, 200 and long jump. Lionel Orhiere took first in the 800 and 1,600. Sierra (6-1) finishes as the VOL runner-up.
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Josiah Garcia keyed the win for Sierra by taking first in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Sierra’s girls won more decisively, 68-8.
Manteca 66, East Union 40
Aidan Klinesmith led the Buffaloes with wins in the shot put and discus. Edwin Padilla (300 hurdles), Nathan Schatmeier (200), Kai Begonia (triple jump) and Felipe Mata (high jump) also won events for Manteca.
Manteca 77, East Union 57
Liz Lewis buoyed the Buffaloes, producing victories in the 100, 200 and long jump.
Malala Sagapolu took first in the discus and long jump. Ana Marie Medina (shot) and Yasmeen Ramirez (400) were other winners.