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Oakdale Athletes Own VOL Track Meet
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Mustangs Zeke Saffar, left, and John Foreman, right, do battle against their Sierra opponent during recent track and field action. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

A successful day, to say the least. On Thursday, May 2 John C. Kimball High School in Tracy hosted the 2019 Valley Oak League (VOL) Track and Field Championship meet. When the dust settled, it was all four levels of Mustang competitors taking first place.

The varsity boys tied with Kimball for first place with 43 points. Sierra placed third at 24 points. The varsity Lady Mustangs scored 43 points for first with East Union, second with 33 points, and Sierra at 23 points in third. Both freshman/sophomore teams took first as the JV Mustang boys scored 48 points and the girls finished with 41 points.

For the varsity boys, Zeke Saffar took first place in the 200 meters at 22.87, a personal best. Less than half a step behind Saffar was senior Cameron Burke at 22.93 seconds to place second. Burke placed first in the 400 meters, a full two seconds ahead of the second place finisher at 50.60. Saffar placed second overall in the 100 meters. Dustin Chavez placed fifth in the 1600 meters at 4:47.48. In hurdles, A.J. Martinez placed third in the 110 meter hurdles in 15.50. In the 300 meter hurdles, Burke placed first at 41.37 and Martinez a close second at 42.01. Burke, Martinez, Saffar and John Foreman placed third overall in the 4x100 relay. The foursome finished less than a second off the first place team from Kimball at 44.08. Ben Chappell placed second in the shot put (12 pounds) with a distance of 45’09” and third place went to his teammate Angel Penunuri at 42’01”. Chappell placed first in the discus at 148’00”, a personal best for the junior. Riley Miller placed fifth overall at 114’10”. Jaiden Williams earned a second place finish in the high jump at 5’10”. Williams placed fourth in the triple jump at 40’02”. Oakdale had three in the top five for pole vault. Justin Carlos finished first overall at 12’09”. Grayson Paulus tied for second at 12’06” and fourth place went to Dean Dodge at 11’00”. Saffar placed fifth overall in the long jump at 20’04.75.

For the freshman and sophomore boys Dion Suarez placed first in the 100 meters at 11.52 and Kevin Camelin placed second overall at 11.56. The duo finished first and second in the 200 meters as well as Suarez took first at 23.77 and Camelin second at 24.14. Suarez, Camelin, Jake Kettering and Nico Villegas took first place in the 4x100 meter race with a time of 45.91. In the 1600 Damien Linn claimed second in the race at 4:59.36. Linn also took fourth in the 3200 meters at 11:45.79. Dominic Robles placed third in the event at 11:24.96. Logan Lourenco placed fifth in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 48.11. Lourenco, Kettering, Dylan Anderson and Jose Torres placed fourth in the 4x400 meter relay at 4:09.22. Brandon Jeffrey placed first in the shot put (10 pounds) at 46’06.50. Austin Gisler placed third overall at 41’02”. Gisler placed third overall in discus at 102’09”. Jackson Holt placed first in the high jump at 5’06” with teammate Jonah Norman in second at 5’04”. Seth Esteves placed fifth in the event at 5’02”. Jude Krick placed first in the pole vault 8’06” and Caleb Watson came in second at 8’00”. Yahir Ayala placed third in the long jump at 18’06.50 with Caleb McDonald fifth at 17’11”. Ayala placed fourth overall in the triple jump at 38’02.50.

Carley Maaske placed third overall in the varsity girls 100 meters race at 12.77. Maaske also placed fourth in the 200 meters. Hannah Beth Norman placed fourth in the 400 meters at 1:03.98. Haleigh Humble placed first in the 1600 meters at 5:25.47 and Kayden Legan took second at 5:28.81. In the 3200 meter race, Legan placed first at 12:22.79 and Humble placed second at 12:23.35. Legan, Norman, Humble and Paris Thompson placed second in the 4x400 relay at 4:14.60. In hurdles it was Kyndall Green taking fourth in the 100 meter hurdles at 17.76 and Kendra Branch placed fifth at 18.00. Branch placed fourth overall in the 300 meter hurdles at 51.26. Kayci Morris, Thompson, Madison Carter and Maaske placed fourth in the 4x100 relay at 51.82. Oakdale had four of the top finishers in the shot put as Angelica Lowry placed first at 39’01”. Emma Harper took second at 36’02”. Third place finisher Valerie Osborne threw for 36’02” and fifth place finisher was Hallie Morton at 33’03”. Harper finished first in discus at 131’07” with Osborne placing second at 117’00”. Elizabeth Rushing placed fifth at 99’09”. Tayler Lamb placed first in the high jump at 4’10”, with Tatyn Silva in second at 4’08” and Halle Junquerio in fourth at 4’06”. Kyndall Green placed third in pole vault clearing 9’00” and Jaden Chau in fourth at 8’05”.

At the JV girls level, Makenzie Thompson placed third overall in the 200 meter race at 28.43. Lauren Schickert placed third in the 1600 meters at 6:28.34 and Nicole Carter was fourth in 6:39.08. Jennifer Blanco placed third in the 3200 meter race at 15:03.08. Sara Hartwig placed fourth in the 300 meter hurdles at 58.45. Janessa Tolbert placed first in the shot put at 32’01”. Tolbert also took first in discus at 87’07”. Bailey Housley placed first in the high jump at 4’06”. Madison Jones placed second in the long jump at 14’11.25 and first in the triple jump at 32’08.50. Bailey Housley placed third in triple jump at 30’02.50 and Lydia Stueve fifth at 28’02”.

Wednesday, May 8 Oakdale heads to Golden Valley High School for the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional trials and on Friday, May 10 those who qualify will compete in the finals.