Madison Jacobs and Elijah Holt of the Arroyo Grande High track and field team used strong performances at Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet in Norwalk to qualify for next week’s state meet in Clovis.
Jacobs won the girls discus, throwing 152 feet, 10 inches and placed seventh in the shot put at 42-4 1⁄2. Holt placed fifth in the boys 110 hurdles in 14.43 seconds.
They are the only two San Luis Obispo County athletes to qualify for state.
Also competing for Arroyo Grande, freshman Josephine Graeber placed 10th in the girls long jump at 17-8, and Jade Fuller placed ninth in the girls 800 in 2:15.05. Morro Bay’s Allie Sulaitis was 14th in the 800 in 2:17.20.
San Luis Obispo boys pole vaulter Connor Hall was unable to qualify for state as he finished 11th at 14-10. The automatic state qualifying standard is 15-4.
Atascadero’s Angelica Cussworth was ninth in the girls 300 hurdles at 44.23, and Nipomo’s Taylor Nevitt was 12th in the girls shot put at 38-0.
The state meet takes place this coming Friday and Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis.
Ontario Christian 2, Templeton 1, 9 innings
The Eagles fell in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs, in a game featuring a triple play, a possible winning run taken off the board and a game-ending error.
With Ontario Christian leading 1-0 in the top of the second, Templeton loaded the bases with none out. The Eagles hit a low line drive to the pitcher that was ruled out, and Ontario Christian proceeded to turn a triple play after Templeton runners had taken off.
The score remained the same until the top of the fifth inning when Michael Frigon tied it at 1 with a run-scoring double.
In the top of the eighth, Andy Garretson led off with a double, then scored what appeared to be the go-ahead run on a Taylor Tobin double. However, Ontario Christian appealed to the home-plate umpire that Garretson did not touch home plate, and the run was overturned.
In the bottom of the ninth, Ontario Christian scored the winning run on the third Eagles error of the inning.
Mac Lardner gave up four hits and one earned run and struck out three over nine innings in the loss for Templeton (19-6).
Tobin was 3 for 3 with a double, Spencer Walsh was 2 for 4 and Frigon finished 1 for 4 with an RBI double for Templeton.