A herculean heave of the discus by Oakdale High freshman Hannah Chappell is the top headline amongst a heavy field of talented spring athletes at OHS. Following is a summary of recent results.
Track and Field
Any doubt to Chappell’s prestige as the best freshman thrower in the state was answered emphatically across four days of recent track and field action.
Chappell launched a 138 foot, 11 inch toss to win the Woody Wilson Invitational on April 20, and land the best throw by any freshman in the nation, according to both athletic.net and dyestat.com.
Her throw broke her own school record and emerged as the No. 2 throw among Sac-Joaquin Section competitors by only one inch (Kayla O’Brine of St. Francis threw a 139-0).
Chappell would go on to show consistency with a sterling toss of 137-6 just four days later. The throw scored an easy discus win as Oakdale rallied to sweep Sonora across all divisions of competition and guarantee a Valley Oak League varsity girls title.
Chappell also threw the same 124-02 mark as O’Brine to finish top-two with the St. Francis junior at the Sacramento Meet of Champions on April 27.
Kyle Peterson recorded a 162-01 throw to finish second in the discus while Kellie Gratigny was ninth in the triple jump (34-05.25), Dezirae Pennington 13th in the triple jump (33-11), Pennington 19th in the 100 hurdles (16.52) and Me’che Brown 13th in the 100 (12.73).
The Mustangs will take on the VOL finals at Sierra on Saturday. The top three performers in each event will earn a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Championships on May 14 and 16 at Sierra.
“Saturday will be important to see how we line up at divisionals,” Oakdale coach Dave Bacigalupi said. “I think the team is doing well right now.”
Oakdale tennis players were unable to escape the VOL singles and doubles tournament with a qualifier to the section playoffs. Blaine Rocha defeated Keegan D’Souza of Sierra, 8-5, then lost to Kevin Yamayoshi of Weston Ranch (2-6, 1-6) in the second round.
In doubles, Sergio Gutierrez and Daniel Martinez received a first-round bye, and then defeated Austin Page and Sam Page of Sonora 6-4, 6-2. The pair then lost to Kameron Ma and Angel Tejada of Manteca 1-6, 4-6.
“They got it going in that second set and almost forced a third, which would have been pretty cool,” Oakdale coach Grant Miller said. “It was the quarterfinals and one more win would have put them in sections.”
Chandler Johnson and Andrew Gilpin also won a doubles match for Oakdale, but were unable to move on.
“Overall, I was proud of the boys,” Miller said. “Some of them had tough draws in the tournaments, but everybody gave it their all.
“It just didn't work out.”
The fate of Oakdale’s girls soccer team was decided during Tuesday’s showdown at rival Sonora, but results were not available at press time.
The Lady Mustangs bounced Manteca with a clutch 3-0 home win on April 25 after two scores by Madison Feuerstein and a lone goal by Jill Kahler. Danae Rose, Alexis Halsey and Kahler managed assists while Hannah Hanko and Mackenzie Weiglein combined for nine saves in the net.
Oakdale was defeated 1-0 by Kimball two days later to force the important meeting at Sonora. Visit Oakdaleleader.com for additional information regarding Tuesday’s contest.
The Oakdale boys won the end-of-the year league tournament (doesn’t affect the league title they already won) with 123 points to second-place Sonora’s 94.
The Oakdale girls already locked a co-championship with Ripon, but watched the Indians win Saturday’s action 129-105.
The second-place Oakdale girls 200 medley relay was the only Mustang relay team without a title.
Oakdale will take on action at the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials and Finals on May 9, 10 and 11 at Tokay High.