Pulling from a strong class of athletes year after year certainly helps, but the success of the Oakdale High track and field program can boil down to the way the team splits to localized practice sessions at each venue of events.
Oakdale High girls soccer players and coaches won't soon forget that fateful evening in May of 2010, when West Campus shooters bested Mustang kickers in a penalty kick shootout for a 3-2 victory in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
It was a long trek to Bakersfield and an even longer journey to find wireless internet connection inside the Rabobank Arena, where the best prep wrestlers in California are waging battle across 10 mats
The nine Oakdale High student athletes who qualified for Friday's opening day of the California Interscholastic Federation Wrestling Championships have a long and arduous road ahead of them if they are to win, or even medal.
The medal podium at the Stockton Arena is swarmed by a crowd of Oakdale High wrestlers after the Mustangs landed a first place team title at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships. Pictured are (from top left) Dustin Harris, Shane Tate, Juan Garza, Garrett Fortado, Trent Noon, A.C. Brown, Tanner Feuerstein, Ronnie Stevens, Tyler Noon (bottom left), Tyler Malone, David Ferry, Miko Arpoika, Hondo Arpoika, coach Brian Stevens, coach Dan Casey and coach Brendt Noon.