TURLOCK — Oakdale High sophomore Hannah Chappell passed her first postseason test Tuesday night.
Chappell, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Masters champion in the discus, easily won her event at the Section D-IV/V Championships with a divisional-record throw of 144 feet. It was 51/2 inches off her section-best effort, but her best wasn’t needed. Runner-up Sarah Vasquez of Union Mine trailed by more than 20 feet.
The top five in each event qualify for the Section Masters next week at Elk Grove. Trials were conducted in the lane events leading to Thursday night’s finals at Cal State Stanislaus’ Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium.
Finals were held, however, in the girls discus and five other field events during the meet’s first day. Chappell, seventh in the state as a freshman, awaits tighter competition next week at the Masters.
“The biggest importance about a meet like tonight is confidence,” Oakdale coach Dave Bacigalupi said. “It’s putting up a time or a number that gives you confidence for next week.”
Oakdale’s Dezirae Pennington and Cosumnes Oaks’ Tais Marinho-Gomes, both seniors, engaged in a close battle in the triple jump. It was a matchup of the section’s best, and Marinho-Gomes prevailed with a jump of 36-91/2. Pennington, ranked first in the section, went 36-21/2 for second in a duel that surely will continue next week.
The Oakdale theme continued in the shot put, where senior Kyle Peterson tossed 51-43/4 to edge runner-up Spencer Stark of Central Catholic and third-place Anthony Santiago of Sierra. Peterson is the reigning Masters champion in the discus.
Ripon High senior Bryan Vincent captured the high jump with a 6-1 effort over Dixon’s Stephen Gelpi and Sierra’s Jonnythan Munkholm (5-11).
Manteca junior Carl Chandler stepped to a 44-11/2 to win the triple jump over Munkholm and Buffalo teammate Lechi Nkwocha in third. In the girls pole vault, Union Mine’s Leah Bertucelli went 10-6 to top runner-up Jessy Talarico of Manteca.