The 2017 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters took place at Elk Grove High School over the course of two days. Thursday and Friday, May 25 and 26 saw the best overall talent in the region compete in the Olympic style events and local coaches were pleasantly surprised by the performances of some of Oakdale’s young talent.
Freshman Angelica Lowry competed in the shot put where she set her personal best at 37 feet even. Her throw was good enough for eighth place overall and was the sixth best throw by a freshman in the state this season.
“When I first saw her (Lowry) this season I knew she was a special talent. She did not disappoint this season and I am excited to see her progress over the next few years,” Oakdale throws coach Brett Chappell said.
Lowry is a two sport athlete that shines on the basketball court but thrived this year in shot put as well. The young freshman set personal bests at every major tournament this season.
Sophomore Hallie Morton also competed for Oakdale this past weekend and placed 15th overall in shot put. Morton’s 34-3¼ throw impressed Coach Chappell and others at Elk Grove High School.
“Morton’s final throw was big for her. I am proud of what she accomplished this season,” Chappell said.
Senior Kyndall Vargas placed 17th overall in the discus with her toss of 100 feet and six inches.
For the boys Jorge Barajas placed 23rd in the discus at 104 feet, one inch.
On the track, senior Sara Stevens was active in multiple events. Stevens placed 12th in the 800 meter run, finishing four seconds off the leader at 2:18.59. Stevens was also on the girls 4x400 team along with Courtney Dickens, Kyla Novotny and Salie Marnelle that placed 18th at 4:13.18. Another active Lady Mustang was Cassie England. She placed 22nd in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.19 and 14th in the triple jump at 35-06.25; a personal record for the junior.
Senior Francisco Vargas placed tenth in the 110 meter hurdles at 15.20 seconds. Vargas also placed 19th on the boys 4x100 meter run with Jacob Peterson, Makai Harris and Josh Jacobson. The foursome finished in 45.98 seconds.