Matthew East and Russell Maxwell compete each day in practice. If one wins the race on Monday, the other answers on Tuesday.
Friday’s Jack Albiani Track and Field Invitational underlined an important truth – Modesto Junior College will enjoy two good sprinters all season.
Maxwell edged East in a tight 100-meter dash with a time of 11 seconds flat, but East answered later to take the 200 in 22.33. Together, they combined talents along with Nchekube Uwakwe and Justin Burton to win the 4x100 relay (42.64).
Maxwell, a freshman, and East – a sophomore who ran for the Pirates two years ago – already have put a smile on the face of MJC coach Demetrius Snaer.
“They really battle in practice,” he said. “They’re among the best in Northern California right now.”
The Albiani, named for the former longtime MJC track coach, featured a seven-school field at MJC Stadium. The Pirates more than held their own. Alejandro Guzman won the 400 (50.44) and Alexies Reynoso took the 800 (1:58.44).
Daniel Roberts, a former South Dakota state champion, is off to a flying start at his new home. He won the discus (168 feet, 9 inches) and already is highly ranked in the state in the shot put, discus and the hammer throw. He’s undefeated this season against community college athletes in those events.
The MJC women, led by Sarah Mayfield, also excelled.
Mayfield, fourth in the state in the 800 two years ago, sat out last season. She’s back and won her best event in 2:20.02. Freshman Harleen Pabla also starred by winning the 5,000 in 20:16.6 and placed second in the 1,500.
Sophomore Alexandria Golikov won discus (130-2) and sophomore Jaleyah Douglass won the javelin (112-6). Former MJC star Cara McClain, a state champion in the hammer throw, competed unattached and won the hammer (169-2).
MJC freshman Amber Flores finished second in the pole vault, hitting the “A” standard for the state meet (10-2).
Cal State Stanislaus pitcher Tyler Murphy struck out nine in seven innings but was outdueled by Cal State Monterey Bay’s Greg Steinbeck as the Otters (14-7, 10-3) won 4-3 in Seaside.
The Warriors (6-12, 1-7) trailed 4-0 but rallied as Scott Stetson went 3 for 4. Skippy Ferreria and James Heller each had two hits.
The Warriors and Otters play two today at Turlock at 1 p.m. The four-game series shifts to Monterey Bay for a single game on Sunday.
MJC (6-5, 6-1) didn’t drop a set during a 9-0 Big 8-South shutout win at Cosumnes River.
Stanislaus’ No. 1 singles J’Ana Diamond was competitive but was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Sheila Morales as the Warriors were beaten 7-0 by Division I Nevada at the Caughlin Club in Reno. The Warriors (2-5) meet 25th-ranked Sonoma State on Saturday at Reno.
Stanislaus pitchers yielded five home runs as Humboldt State swept a doubleheader 7-5 and 11-7 at Arkata. The Warriors were beaten by a three-run walkoff homer by Tiffany Hollingsworth in the opener. Jessica Varady hit a grand slam for the Warriors during the second game.