The questionable weather was not enough to keep Oakdale athletes off the court, track or even out of the pool this week. Oakdale’s tennis team played two matches in Valley Oak League action. The track team traveled to Kimball for a dual meet and Oakdale swim hosted their annual March Madness Invite on Saturday.
A tough week for the boys tennis team came to a close. Going 0-2 in league play, the boys dropped a road set to Kimball 8-1 and then dropped a home set to Central Catholic 6-3 on Thursday, March 10. The Mustangs were swept in singles action against Kimball, and their lone win came in doubles as Jacob Pierson and Tyler Ross won in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Pierson and Ross also earned a victory against Central Catholic 6-2, 6-3 as the duo improved to 2-0 on the week. Also earning victories for Oakdale was the team of Daniel Lubeck and Daniel Davis 6-0, 6-3. Devin Odom defeated former Mustang Blaine Rocha in singles action 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 for Oakdale’s lone singles victory. The Mustangs will take on Weston Ranch on Friday, March 18 at OHS beginning at 3:30 p.m.
TRACK and FIELD
Oakdale competed in a league meet against Kimball on Thursday, March 10 in their first VOL meet of the season. The varsity girls took care of business with a 73-62 victory. The girls swept the throws competition with impressive performances by Hannah Chappell, Kai Tanner, Kendal Vargas and Bronte Lucero. Oakdale outscored Kimball 48-5 in field events. Madison Abel, Mikayla Wong and Katherine Schwandt powered the pole vault team, while Cassie England, Kayla Budine and T.J. Verdegaal led the way in the triple jump. Kristen Aguilar won the 3200 meter race in a photo finish. In varsity boys action Oakdale fell 72-64 to the defending section champions. Michael Everett, Stanley Thomas and Matt Vandagriff took first place in their respective events (shot put, high jump and pole vault).
Oakdale’s varsity team also went to Turlock High School for the Stanislaus County meet. Oakdale girls finished second behind Pitman with 107.5 total team points. Tanner took first place in shot put with a 37 feet, 6.25 inch throw. Chappell also took first place with her massive 137-06 toss in the discus. Mikayla Wong took first in pole vault, while teammates England and Budine were first and second in the triple jump. The boys placed fifth with 58.5 team points. Kyle Brown took third in the 800 meters and James Monges took second in the high jump.
Oakdale hosts Weston Ranch on Thursday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. and will host the County vs. County meet on Friday, March 18 beginning at 3 p.m.
Oakdale welcomed several teams to town on a cold Saturday, March 12. Although no team scores were kept, individual times were kept for the swimmers. Emma Magnussen took first place in the women’s 200 yard IM for Oakdale. Maya Guerrero was fifth in the women’s 100 yard butterfly for Oakdale with a time of 1:15.42. For the men’s team, Rhett Harrison swam his way to a first place finish in the 200 yard IM with a finals time of 2:12.69. Caden Nord took sixth in the men’s 200 yard freestyle with teammate Nate Van Cleave just behind him with a finish of 1:58.79. Brendan Ruddy finished ninth in the 500 yard freestyle in 7:20.05. The Mustangs return to the Aquatic Center on March 22 when they host East Union, with a start time of 3:30 p.m.