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Oakdale Has Strong Outing At County Clash VII
Taking first place in the 4x100 relay was the Oakdale boys team. Shown is Zeke Saffar handing off to John Foreman. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER
Carley Maaske takes flight in the long jump during the County Clash VII Friday night at The Corral. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Track and field teams from 26 schools gathered to compete in the County Clash VII on Friday, March 22. The large meet was held inside The Corral at Oakdale High School. It was a highly successful evening for Oakdale as both the boys and girls’ teams placed in the top ten.

The girls team placed fourth overall, scoring 55 team points, 15 points off first place Lincoln of Stockton. Kayden Legan took second place in both the 1600 and 3200 meter races. In the 1600, Legan set a personal record as she completed the race at 5:17.25. She followed that up with an 11:22.66 performance in the 3200. In hurdles Kyndall Vargas placed seventh overall in the 100 meter hurdles at 17.72. Alyssa Stott placed eighth overall in the 300 meter hurdles at 50.9, a personal record. In the same event Kendra Branch placed 10th.

Madison Carter, Paris Thompson, Carley Maaske and Kayci Morris took seventh overall in the 4x100 meter relay at 53.01. Maaske also took fifth in the triple jump at 32-02.5 and sixth in the long jump with a leap of 16-01.50.

Oakdale’s throws team was strongly represented in the meet as Emma Harper took first place in the discus at 134-06. Valerie Osborne placed seventh overall at 106-09 and setting a personal record and taking eighth in the event was Elizabeth Rushing at 105-09. Harper claimed second overall in the shot put with a heave of 37-04.50, a personal record. Angelica Lowry placed third in the event at 37-01.00 and Osborne placed seventh overall at 33-11.50. Wrapping up the evening for Oakdale was Kyndall Green tying for eighth overall in the pole vault clearing 8-06.00.

Oakdale boys took eighth overall in the meet with a total of 38.5 points. Valley Oak League rival Kimball took first place overall scoring 79 points. Zeke Saffar placed fourth overall in the 100 meter race at 11.37. A.J. Martinez placed second overall in the 110 meter hurdles, setting a personal record at 15.82. Cameron Burke placed first overall in the 300 meter hurdles at 40.62 and Martinez placed ninth in the event at 43.30. Burke and Martinez’s big day continued in the 4x100 relay. The two teamed up with Saffar and John Foreman and took first in the event at 43.88.

In field events, Brandon Jeffery placed seventh in the shot put at 41-11.75, a personal record. In pole vault, Justin Carlos placed seventh overall clearing twelve feet. Zeke Saffar placed ninth in the long jump with a leap of 19-00.5.

On Thursday, March 21 the team traveled to Tracy to take on Kimball. The varsity girls defeated Kimball 100-32 but the boys lost 78-58.