Some of area’s top athletes will compete at SLO County track meet

nwilson@thetribunenews.comMarch 29, 2013 

Amongst the local high school athletes at the Elks San Luis Obispo County track meet at Cuesta College today will be a few of the top competitors in the state.

If you’re looking to see some high flyers, check out San Luis Obispo High Duke-bound Connor Hall who has cleared 16 feet multiple times this year in the pole vault, including breaking his own school record with a personal best 16-2 jump Wednesday at a meet against Pioneer Valley.

Right behind him is Arroyo Grande’s Joey Reeves, who also cleared 16 feet this season. Hall and Reeves are among the best in the state.

In addition, the Eagles’ Madison Jacobs, who will throw discus at Kentucky next year, is dominating that event and the shot put at the high school level.

James Brown, her coach, said Jacobs ranks second in the state in the discus with her best mark this season of 148-6.

And Jacobs’ best throws in the shot put are about eight feet longer than the next best competitor in the county.

Brown said this year’s meet will feature close competition between several county schools.

In the PAC 7 alone, Paso Robles and Atascadero tied in a meet this year; Pioneer Valley has beaten perennial powerhouse Arroyo Grande; and San Luis Obispo is off to a strong start, winning three of its first four meets.

“The whole meet is going to be close,” Brown said. “I think many schools will be competitive and have a chance to win.”

Several events should feature some tight finishes, including the boys 800-meters in which Atascadero’s Robbie Hixson, who has run 1:59 this season, and Arroyo Grande’s Blake Maule, who finished at 2:00, could be neck and neck.

In the boys 200, Nipomo’s Caleb Perez Doane and Paso Robles’ Matt Mihelic have run times of 23.1 and 23.2 respectively.

In the girls hurdles and jumps, San Luis Obipso’s Kelsey Harper and Alex Dalley figure to be front-runners.

Paso Robles’ Samantha Anderson, who ran a 12.6 this season in the 100, will come in as the favorite in the sprint. Morro Bay’s Allie Sulaitis has the county-best 2:18 in the 800.

San Luis Obispo will bring some standout long- distance runners to the meet in brothers William and Josh Ernst, who each have smashed the 10-minute mark in the 3,200 (William has run 9:37 and Josh 9:45).

The Tigers also have Micayla Renick, who hovers around the 5:10 mark in the mile and runs the 800 as well, according to her coach David Gomes.

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