Division I schools across the Central Valley and even Lowell High of San Francisco fell by the hands and feet of Oakdale athletes on Saturday at the Modesto Junior College Invitational.
Oakdale swept titles for both boys and girls after a barrage of field events left Mustangs atop the team scoring in both genders.
The boys edged 19 teams to finish first (51.2 points) ahead of Grace Davis (43) and Beyer (43). The girls (58.35) pushed past Lowell (53.6) and Merced (44.5) to finish first out of 20 teams.
“I didn’t really expect to win two team titles,” Oakdale coach Dave Bacigalupi said. “The boys have a lot of injuries right now, our girls were missing some people, and in that kind of weather you don’t know what can happen.”
Howling winds forced many field competitors to foul out of events or land sub-par marks, but Oakdale landed some of their best performances in the face of adversity.
Daniel Linder, jumping headfirst into the face of a powerful wind, exploded for an impressive 19 feet, 9 ¾ inches leap to win the triple jump. He was also third in the triple jump (39-06).
“That was a pretty good jump to win the long jump, going against the wind,” Bacigalupi said. “The conditions were tough, but the kids stepped up anyway and did the best they could.”
Marco Camacho continued his torrid start to the season with wins in both the shot put (47-2.5) and discus (132-.5). Eric Snow hit a personal best to finish second in the discus as well.
Brent Murdoch ended second in the pole vault while Manuel Hernandez finished third in the high jump. Juan Gonzales finished ninth out of 35 in the 100 while Bryan Berst ended 10th in the 800.
Oakdale’s junior varsity boys were led by Kyle Peterson and Derek Boring going first and second, respectively, in the shot put. Boring was also second in the high jump while Max Dillwood ended second in the 300 hurdles. Brynden McAndrews was second in the pole vault and Rodrigo Rodriguez third in the same event.
Oakdale’s girls were paced by a host of good placements in events that had huge packs of competitors. Jaylene Ponce tossed a 32-7.5 shot put to earn second among 55 in the event, while Hayley McIntyre was second (89-08) among 58 in the discus. Alyssa Flores also finished fourth, and Ponce ninth in the discus.
Hailey Macedo was third best among 53 runners in the 1600 and saw Chloe Schoemann (third) and Jordan Esparza (fourth) place in the 100 hurdles.
Carly Rogers (fourth) and Kim Linder (fifth) each landed top-10 honors in the pole vault. Domi Powell took fourth in the high jump (46 participants) and saw McIntyre land eighth in the same event.
Marieke Delzer was 12th of 30 in the 800 while Me’che Brown sped to finish 16th of 54 in the 100.
“I was real proud of the kids,” Bacigalupi said. “They didn’t complain and they understood they just had to endure it.”
Oakdale made up a postponement with East Union on Tuesday, though results were not available at press time. The team hosts Kimball on Thursday to pick up Valley Oak League action.