Track and field: Jaguars collect four gold medals at VOL meet
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Jaguars medal at championship
Kimball High senior Damon Jackson takes a handoff from freshman Jacari Bearden in the varsity boys 4x100-meter relay Saturday at the Valley Oak League championship meet at Sierra High in Manteca. The Kimball team, which also included junior Ryan Chaney and senior Jodaan Johnson Brown, won the event with a time of 43.50 seconds. Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
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Kimball High senior Damon Jackson was the top athlete for the Jaguars at Valley Oak League championship meet at Sierra High on Saturday.

Jackson dominated the sprints, with first-place times of 10.87 seconds in the varsity boys 100-meter dash and 22.07 in the 200 meter dash, and anchored the 4x100 relay team, with a winning time of 43.50 seconds.

“For the 4x100 I’m pretty sure we’re going to get far,” Jackson said on Saturday right after winning the 4x100, his team’s first gold medal of the day.

“I want to go as far as I can, to state, in the 100 and 200,” he added.

Kimball High’s varsity boys placed third overall at the VOL meet, behind league champion Sierra and runner-up Manteca. Kimball’s varsity girls were fifth, with Oakdale the league champion.

Jackson is among eight individual Kimball athletes, plus the varsity boys 4x100 relay team, that finished in the top three at the VOL and now move on to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V meet, to be held Tuesday, May 20, and Thursday, May 22, at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock.

Senior Francesca Loyaza brought home the gold medal in the varsity girls in the 1600 meter run (5:22.54), after three years of placing second in the event. She was a few steps behind the lead runner for the first two laps, but pushed ahead at the start of the third lap and ended finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of the second-place runner from Weston Ranch.

“I just felt that this is going to be my last VOL, so I may as well give it my all, and it felt good,” Loayza said, adding that a come-from-behind win builds her confidence for the division meet.

She will also compete at the division level in the 3200, where she placed second (11:53.27).

Also qualifying for the Division IV-V meet was sophomore Julia Price, who placed second in the varsity girls 200 (26.10), second in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches) and third in the 100 (12.62).

Price said the league meet showed her where to improve in preparation for the next level.

“I have a lot of work to put in because I didn’t finish first going into divisions,” she said. “As I practice harder and harder I’ll be able to advance past divisions as well.”

Senior Jodaan Johnson Brown, who placed second in the varsity boys 110 hurdles (15.15) and was part of the 4x100 relay team, said that his mental preparation on the team bus ride to the meet made the difference for him.

“Before the race I visualize what I’m supposed to do, and try to execute it to the best of my ability. I did that today,” Johnson Brown said. Also qualifying as members of the 4x100 team are junior Ryan Chaney and freshman Jacari Bearden, with junior Rashaad Cooper as an alternate.

Other division qualifiers are senior Jerry Yekeh, second in the boys 400 (52.64), junior Mohammed Khan, second in the boys 300 hurdles (43.36), junior Andrea Gallegos, second in the girls 300 hurdles (50.39) and senior Brandon Soeung, third in the 110 hurdles (15.17).

Contact Bob Brownne at brownne@tracypress.com or 830-4227.

Valley Oak League Championships

Saturday, May 10, Sierra High, Manteca

Kimball High athletes in the top six.

Varsity boys

Sierra 139, Manteca 99, Kimball 80, Oakdale 65, Sonora 61, Lathrop 24, East Union 21, Weston Ranch 6

100 - 1, Damon Jackson, 10.87. 4, Ryan Chaney, 11.35. 5, Jodaan Johnson Brown, 11.52.

200 - 1, Damon Jackson, 22.07.

400 - 2, Jerry Yekeh, 52.64.

3200 - 5, Lionel Orhiere, 10:40.02.

110 hurdles - 2, Jodaan Johnson Brown, 15.05. 3, Brandon Soeung, 15.17. 4, Mohammed Khan, 15.56.

300 hurdles - 2, Mohammed Khan, 43.36.

High jump - 4, Isaias Hunter, 5-10.

Discus - 4, Cody Hearn, 123-3.

Varsity girls

Oakdale 113, Sierra 75, East Union 74, Manteca 69, Kimball 60.5, Lathrop 54.5, Sonora 19, Weston Ranch 17

100 - 3, Julia Price, 12.62. 6, Amber Moody, 13.34.

200 - 2, Julia Price, 26.10. 6, Amber Moody, 27.38.

400 - 6, Makenna Strope, 1:07.04.

1600 - 1, Francesca Loayza, 5:22.54.

3200 - 2, Francesca Loayza, 11:53.27.

100 hurdles - 5, Andrea Gallegos, 17.33. 6, Taylor McGuire, 18.15.

300 hurdles - 2, Andrea Gallegos, 50.39. 4, Mia Drake, 51.75.

High jump - 2, Julia Price, 4-8. 5, Makenna Strope, 4-4.

Long Jump - 6, Lacey Serna, 13-10.

Freshman-sophomore boys

Oakdale 180, Manteca 104, Lathrop 79.5, Sierra 52.5, Weston Ranch 26, Kimball 26, East Union 18, Sonora 9

800 - 4, Nemat Waseem, 2:18.37.

110 hurdles - 4, Isaiah Kirk, 17.10.

300 hurdles - 3, Isaiah Kirk, 44.78.

Discus - 2, Bo Quiambao, 109-7.

Freshman-sophomore girls

Oakdale 124, Lathrop 85. East Union 79, Sierra 51, Manteca 50, Kimball 43, Weston Ranch 43, Sonora 10

100 – 6, Icesys Au, 14.01.

200 – 4, Icesys Au, 29.68.

400 – 3, Allyson Siegert, 1:12.24.

800 – 5, Kyli Huynh, 2:54.17.

1600 – 3, Bernadette Enriquez, 6:01.95.

3200 – 4, Jamie Salanga, 15:40.69.

100 hurdles – 5, Laurynn Diby, 18.90.

300 hurdles – 1, Laurynn Diby, 52.14.

Long jump – 2, Icesys Au, 13-3.

 

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