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Oakdale Athletes Run All Over Central Catholic

Oakdale’s track and field teams turned in impressive performances against Central Catholic on Thursday, April 28 at home. Lopsided victories by all four levels of competition capped off the day for the Mustangs. In the process, Oakdale’s varsity girls posted their 91st consecutive league win and even saw a new school record set on the day.

In the varsity girls 127-7 victory, senior Hannah Chappell turned in a record performance. The Alabama-bound discus thrower broke her own school record with a heave of 153’2”. Also powering her way to victory was Kai Tanner who continued her dominance in the Valley Oak League as she won the shot put with a 40’4” throw. Sophomore Kayla Budine made her presence felt as she took first place in the long jump with a 32’10” leap and was also a part of the first place 4x100 and 4x400 teams, In the 100 meter relay Budine teamed with Melody Johnson, Kyla Novotny and Courtney Dickens, and then with Novotny, Sara Stevens and Abby Matoso in the 4x400 meter relay. Matoso also took first in the long jump at 15’10”. Johnson swept the hurdles winning the 100 meter hurdles in 16.2 seconds and the 300 meter hurdles in 49.51 seconds. Stevens continued her busy afternoon with a win in the 400 meter race in 1:02.93. Endurance runner Kristen Aguilar took first in both the 1600 meter (6:07) and the 3200 meter (13:30) to help Oakdale win the dual meet. Sam Nickerson continued her impressive season with a win in the high jump at an even five feet. Mikayla Wong cleared the bar for pole vault at an even nine feet to take first place.

The varsity boys were led by the powerful Austin Burke who took first place in the 300 meter hurdles in 44.96 and also in the triple jump at 41’6”. Speedy Josh Gorman outlasted the competition in the grueling 1600 meter race at 4:43. Michael Everett’s display of strength helped propel the Mustangs to an 82-50 victory as Everett swept the throws competition with wins in the shot put at 47’2” and discus at 135’8. Taking first in both the high jump at six feet and long jump at 20’3” was Oakdale’s James Monges. Daniel Prado claimed first in the 3200 meter race in less than 11 minutes, finishing at 10:50. Justin Crescenti blazed his way to a first place finish in the 800 in 2:05 and Jose De La Cruz won the 400 meters in 53.57 to help the boys win the dual meet over the Raiders.

Oakdale’s junior varsity boys breezed past the visiting Raiders 77.5-48.5 to keep Oakdale’s perfect day alive. Sophomore Zac Campbell’s 2016 season is turning out to be a memorable one for the multisport athlete. Campbell took first place in multiple events including the 300 hurdles in 42.92; the long jump at 17’2” and was also a member of the first place 4x100 meter relay team along with Mikai Harris, Cameron Cherry and Carson Frazee. Jorge Barajas also won multiple events as he overpowered all comers in the discus (112’11”) and shot put (44’9.5”). James Forkner set the pace in the 3200 finishing in first place with a 10:51 time. Hunter Falconi capped off the afternoon with a first place finish in the high jump at 5’10”.

Doubling up the competition were the Oakdale junior varsity girls as the young Lady Mustangs won 75-37. Having a big day for the team was Bailee Garcia who took first in three events. Garcia crossed the finish line first in the 3200 (15:06), 1600 (6:26) and the 800 (3:00) meter races. Savannah Manning swept the hurdles races with victories in the 100 (18.99) and 300 meters (55.8). Madison Caret took first place in multiple events as well with her first place finishes in the triple jump 29’6”; the 200 meter race at 28.77 and teamed up with Manning, Armario Carter and Carly Maaske for the 4x100 relay team. Taylor Rose took first in the long jump at 12’1” and throwers Hallie Morton took first in shot put at 29’8.5” and Elizabeth Rushing in discus at 80’4”.

Oakdale looks to continue their season with strong efforts on Saturday, May 7 at Sierra High School in Manteca for the 2016 VOL Finals. Events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.