Oakdale’s varsity girls track and field team continued their Valley Oak League dominance with a 70-65 victory over Sierra on Thursday, March 24. The narrow victory pushed the girls’ amazing dual meet winning streak to 82, as the team has not lost a VOL dual meet in 11 years. Helping lead the charge for the girls were Melody Johnson by winning a pair of the hurdle events. Johnson took both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles for the Lady Mustangs. The field events helped Oakdale to the strong finish with impressive and powerful displays by the throws team. Hannah Chappell took first in discus and Kai Tanner also took first place honors in shot put. Leaping their way to first place finishes were Sam Nickerson in the high jump, Cassie England in the triple jump and long jump and Mikayla Wong in the pole vault. The girls outscored Sierra 50-3 in the field events.
“Sierra has a strong track team this year top to bottom. They took our varsity girls to the edge of defeat; it would have been their first loss in over eleven years, but they have now won 82 consecutive dual league meets. The girl’s team needs to get healthy,” said Coach Dave Bacigalupi. “It is almost impossible to conceive of scoring only 20 points on the running events and still somehow winning the meet, unbelievable.”
It was a different outcome for the varsity boys as Sierra took the meet 75-61. Oakdale’s Michael Everett overpowered Sierra as the sophomore took first place in both the shot put and discus. Senior Matt Vandagriff set the bar with a first place performance in the pole vault. On the track, Oakdale’s 4X100 meter relay team of James Monges, Jacob Peterson, Chance Ginger and Josh Jacobson took first place. Ginger also helped lead the 4x400 meter relay team to a first place finish along with teammates Jose De La Cruz, Justin Crescenti and Josh Gorman.
“The boys fought a good battle, but were slowed by some injuries and some ill kids,” Bacigalupi pointed out.
Both junior varsity boys and girls took a tough loss in the meet where Oakdale boys fell 78-54 and girls 71-47. Notable junior varsity boys performances include Zac Campbell taking first in both 100 and 300 meter hurdles; Carson Frazee sprinted his way to first place in the 200 meter race. Frazee and Campbell also helped propel the team to first in the 4x100 meter relay along with John Foreman and Mikai Harris. Frazee and Campbell also appeared in the first place finish for the 4x400 meter relay with Ceasar Garcia and Cameron Burke.
Madison Carter had a big afternoon for the junior varsity girls with her first place in the triple jump and was also on the first place 4x100 meter relay team with Jenna Armario, Carly Maaske and Savannah Manning. Hallie Morton took first in the shot put event.
Oakdale’s next dual meet will take place on Thursday, April 14 at home against Lathrop. The meet is set for a 3:30 p.m. start time.