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Turlock dominates at CCAL track meet
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Turlock high-jumper Olivia Walker clears the bar during Wednesday's Central California Athletic League meet at Joe Debely Stadium. Walker matched her personal best with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches. - photo by Photo contributed by Katie Day

Turlock High swept Wednesday’s third Central California Athletic League track and field meet at Joe Debely Stadium, winning all four meets — varsity boys, varsity girls, junior varsity boys and JV girls.

The Bulldogs won the varsity boys meet with 238.83 points, followed by Pitman with 142. The varsity girls were even more dominant, totaling 292 points, with Enochs a distant second (124) and Pitman third (110).

The JV boys totaled 190.33 points, ahead of Modesto (155.83) and Pitman (138.83), while the JV girls finished with 205 points, ahead of Pitman (130.5) and Modesto (118).

Individually for the boys, Turlock’s Max McFarlane was a double-winner, taking first in the pole vault with a leap of 15 feet, followed by teammates Justin Strode (13-6) and Jacob Gioletti (12-0). Pitman’s John Sylvester was fourth with a vault of 11-6. McFarlane also won the triple jump, with a leap of 43 feet, 5 1/2 inches.

Other double-winners included Pitman sprinter “Champaign Blayne” Siebert. The native of Champaign, Ill., took firsts in the 100-meter dash (10.9), 200 (22.65) and teamed with Sylvester, Sean Foote, and Jonathan Williams to triumph in the 4x100 relay (43.24).

“It felt good,” said Siebert, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 100-meter champ. “It felt like I got up. I just ran.

Siebert has been hampered by a sports hernia, and said he’s about 90 percent at this stage of the season. Still, he doesn’t think it will be a factor in the postseason.

“I won’t let it,” he said.

The Pride’s Justin Anderson was also a double-winner, taking the long jump (19-10) by a mere half inch over Turlock’s Xavion Mason (19-9 1/2), with Bulldogs Knoland Harris (19-8) Cash Burton (19-8) not far behind.

Anderson also and the high jump (6-2), with a leap that was just two inches better than teammate Jonathan Aho (6-0).

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Pitman High sprinter Blayne Siebert, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 champion in the 100-meter dash, won the 100 and 200 at the Central California Athletic League meet Wednesday at Joe Debely Stadium. - photo by Photo contributed by Katie Day

Pitman’s Colvin Hamel won the 800 (2:06.51), while Turlock’s Theodore Santos won the 3,200 (10:10.16). Each narrowly missed out on a double, finishing just strides behind Behniya Ezmaeilabadi of Turlock (4:34.24) in the 1,600.

On the girls' side, Turlock’s Olivia Walker won three individual events and was part of a fourth. The senior won the 100 (12.31), 200 (25.70), high jump (5-4) and was part of the 4x100 relay team — joining Shaylan Roy-Williams, Evelyn Ladine and Angel Trefry Bet George — that turned in a season-best of 48.08.

Walker, along with McFarlane and other members of the THS squad, will be competing today at the 64th Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut.

“I’m looking to PR in my 400,” said Walker, whose best is 56.86. “That’s been big. I’ve only PR’d one time every season the past two years. Since it’s good competition, I’m hoping to PR there. And I’m hoping to get a PR in the 4x400. 

The defending D2 400-meter and high jump champ likes where she’s at.

“Yes, I’m definitely the fastest I’ve ever been this early in the season,” said Walker. “I'm usually not hitting 57’s until May, like a few meets before the bigger meets. I just need to trust my training. That’s why I’m running the 200 and 100 today, to get my starts where they need to be.”

Turlock’s Maya Day was also doubled with wins in the 1,600 (5:20.07) and 3,200 (12:01.10). 

The Bulldogs’ Ava Torres won the 400 with a personal-best 59.69, and was part of the winning 4x400 squad — teaming with Sarina Ramirez, Faviola Hernandez and Emma Ward — that delivers a PR of 4:18.87.

Roy-Williams, the defending Masters champ in the long jump, won the event Wednesday with a leap of 17-10 1/2.

Pitman’s Nayeli Mattison won the triple jump (31-8() and was part of the Pride’s victorious 4x800 relay team (10:15.55) with Emerson Newton, Adelyn Person and Avery Carlson. Mattison (17.23) also took a third in the 100 low hurdles behind Turlock’s Cali Brem (15.39) and Ladine (16.47).

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Turlock distance runner Maya Day, a freshman, won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs during the Central California Athletic League meet Wednesday at Joe Debely Stadium. - photo by Photo contributed by Katie Day