Oakdale sophomore thrower wins at Stanford Invitational

Bee Staff ReportsApril 5, 2014 

— Oakdale High sophomore Hannah Chappell continues to score landmark achievements in the discus.

Chappell, the 2013 Sac-Joaquin Masters champion who placed seventh at the CIF Championships, topped an elite high school field Saturday at the 39th Stanford Invitational. She tossed 141 feet, 6 inches on her third attempt – the fifth-best throw to date this season in California – to beat runner-up Kayla O’Brine of St. Francis (138-6). Finishing fourth was Barbara Coward of Buhach Colony (134-2).

Chappell spiced a strong showing by Stanislaus District athletes.

Sonora senior Steven Grolle, who won the 3,000 meters Friday at Stanford, placed fourth in the mile with a time of 4:17.57. He trailed winner Frederick Huxham of Redwood of Larkspur by less than three seconds.

Oakdale senior Kyle Peterson, the reigning Section Masters champion in the discus, placed sixth in the discus with a 164-9. Fabian Arana of Riverbank was 13th at 145-6. Peterson also picked up an eighth in the shot put (51-2 3/4).

Turlock’s Cierra Bozz was 10th in the triple jump (32-9 3/4).

McClain runner-up – Modesto Junior College sophomore Cara McClain, the reigning Northern California hammer throw champion, finished second against four-year competition at Stanford. McClain threw 181-6, which trailed only Brea Garrett of Texas A&M (192-6).

MJC’s Tory Dickerson placed seventh in the hammer (167-3) and eighth in the discus (138-0).

Maxwell sixth – Cal State Stanislaus senior Kyle Maxwell cleared 15-3 1/2 in the pole vault and finished sixth at Stanford.

At UC San Diego’s Cal/Nevada Championships, Billy Hilton broke his own school record in the javelin with a 217-8 and won the competition. Courtney Anderson’s 10:14.97 for third in the steeplechase Friday at Stanford also was a school record.

The Warriors’ Josh Ukilifi and Channing Wilson both logged seconds at the Cal/Nevada. Ukilifi tossed he shot 58-5 3/4 for second and also tied for third hammer with a 191-2. Wilson threw the javelin 159-8.

At San Francisco State’s Distance Carnival, Stanislaus’ Rachel Naranjo placed fourth in the steeplechase (10:55.26). Alyssa Thiele was 10th (11:14.07). Charles Langwasser pole vaulted 15-1 1/2.


Series dropped – MJC ran into last-place American River (9-17, 2-10) an unexpected stumbling block, and lost two of three this week in Big 8 Conference action. The Pirates (20-6, 6-6), who committed five errors overall, yielded three unearned runs in the eighth inning to lose 6-5 at home.

Modesto had taken a 4-3 lead with two runs in the seventh, thanks to Kevin Bettencourt’s sacrifice fly and a throwing error.

Kaden Cline had two hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who are locked in a five-way tie for third place. They trail league-leading Delta by two games.

Double misery – The top four hitters in the Stanislaus lineup went a combined 16 of 33, but the Warriors (11-20, 5-17) still dropped a doubleheader 7-4 and 5-3 at Cal State Dominguez Hills in California Collegiate Athletic Association action.

Marcus Mastrobuoni, Dayton Mellor, Matt Chaidez and Skippy Ferreria – along with Colton Beatty who batted No. 2 in the order during the first game, accounted for 16 of the Warriors’ 19 hits. Stanislaus seeks a split of the four-game series today against the Toros (16-15, 11-12).


TOC update – Stanislaus lost games to Central Washington 4-1 and Saint Martins 9-3 at its Tournament of Champions and finished bracket play with a record of 1-4. The Warriors face Academy of Art today at 9:30 a.m. at the Pedretti Sports Complex.

Sonoma State, Western Washington, Dominican and Humboldt State will collide in the tournament’s Gold Bracket for a chance at the tournament title.


Avoids shutout – Fresno Pacific, ranked 33rd in NCAA Division II, enjoyed an 8-1 win at home over Stanislaus (5-8). J’Ana Diamond, the Warriors’ No. 3 singles, came from behind to win 2-6, 7-5, 10-8.

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