WALNUT — Markus Sanders has been kept very busy during his time at Modesto Junior College.
Two seasons as a punishing straight-ahead running back was the prelude to his work in the weight events on the MJC track team. Last season, he placed eighth in the state in the discus.
This season, Sanders is on pace to do better.
He tossed the discus 161 feet, 3 inches for the win Saturday at the Mt. San Antonio Relays. He also placed second in the hammer throw with a 181-11, which vaulted him into the top-five all-time at MJC. Teammate Aldo Guzman took third at 178-10.
Lee Hong won his heat of the 400-meter hurdles (55.22) and Tommy Wright was fourth in the triple jump (46-3).
800 WIN MJC's Sarah Mayfield, ranked second in Northern California, sped to a season-best 2:19.97 to win the 800 at the Ed Adams Invitational at Hartnell (Salinas). Karen Evans was second in the pole vault (9-4) and thirds were recorded by Isamar Million in the triple jump (33-6) and Olivia Muse-Amiel in the 200 (26.01).
At Mt. SAC, Kianna Weinzheimer tossed 137-6 for second. Becky Hobby, ranked first in NorCal in the 1,500, took third (4:48.09). Cara McClain also was third in the hammer (174-6).
Tori Dickerson finished fourth in both the hammer and discus.
PIRATES SWEPT The streaky Pirates (14-15, 7-11) tumbled into fifth place in the Big 8 as Sacramento (14-16, 9-9) completed a three-game sweep with a 13-3 win at the MJC ballpark.
MJC pitchers were touched for 15 hits as the Panthers scored 11 runs during the first four innings. The Pirates answered for all three runs during the second inning, thanks to a 2-run double by Chris Kahler, who scored later on Ronnie Limas' single.
WARRIORS SPLIT Cal State Stanislaus exchanged 4-0 shutouts at home during a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader against Sonoma State. The Warriors' Byron Lemon struck out a career-high 10 and walked only one during a 4-0 win in the opener.
The game was scoreless until Craig Beevers' suicide squeeze plated Matt Chaidez in the fifth. The Warriors (8-29, 5-25) gave Lemon some breathing room with three in the eighth on RBI singles by Tynan Pedretti, James Heller and Chaidez.
Sonoma (22-14, 14-12) returned the favor during the nightcap when starter Glenn Wallace scattered seven hits and struck out five through eight innings. Stanislaus' Michael York pitched five shutout innings before he struggled in the sixth.
DOUBLE LOSS Stanislaus (13-31, 6-22) celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX, though the fun was muted by a 9-3 and 6-3 doubleheader loss to UC San Diego (28-16, 21-7).
PIRATES FALL MJC (8-27, 2-15) absorbed a tough doubleheader loss, 1-0 and 3-2, at home against Delta (18-16, 6-9). Kasidi Barcelos had Modesto's only hit in the opener and drove in a run in the nightcap.