Prep Roundup: Arroyo Grande girls cross country team wins national event

sports@thetribunenews.comSeptember 28, 2013 

The Arroyo Grande High girls cross country team claimed the Nike Pre Nationals Champions title Saturday afternoon. 

Racing at the 5K Portland Meadows course in Portland, Ore., the Eagles were led by Talley Hill, who finished 14th, in 19 minutes, 42 seconds. Angela Gemignani finished in 18th (19:54), and Jocelyn Reynolds was 20th (19:58). The Eagles edged out second place Summit of Bend, Ore., 116-117.

The Arroyo Grande boys finished 19th, led by Christian Ricketts in 24th place (16:56), the top freshman finisher. Joey Rogers in 86th place (17:35), and John Nichols in 93rd (17:38) also placed in the top 100. 

The races were run in stormy conditions, with mud up to runners’ ankles at points, suppressing times for the athletes, Arroyo Grande coach Sean Ricketts said.

Stanford Invitational

Paso Robles won the boys Division 3 race, led by top-25 finishes from Ethan Serpa in 10th place by completing the 5K course in 16:25, Zach Chamberlain in 13th place (16:33) and Sid Monge in 25th place (16:42).

The girls team finished in sixth place and was led by Ashley Davis, who finished 15th in 19:44.

William Ernst (16:01) finished second for the San Luis Obispo boys, who finished in seventh place in the Division 3 race. Jeremy Costello (16:38), David White (17:03) and Callum Bolger (17:29) also placed in the top 100. 

For the San Luis Obispo girls, Kelsey Harper finished in 32nd place (20:10) to help San Luis Obispo to 11th place. 

Daniel Reyes led the Atascadero boys to a 17th-place result with a 62nd-place finish in 17:22. 

The Greyhounds girls only had three finishers and were led by Brittni Frate (42nd in 20:25).

Rogelio Flores (17:36) finished 74th overall for Nipomo as the Titans placed 30th in the seeded boys race.

Gracie Albano (19:50) led the Nipomo girls team, coming in 70th. The Titans were 23rd as a team in the seeded race.

Mission Prep’s boys came in 18th in the Division 5 race, led by Jack Mooney (19:37).

The Royals finished in 11th place in the girls Division 5 race, led by Karina Torres, who finished in 27th place (21:55).

Morro Bay at Bellarmine-Jefferson Invitational

Austin Lay won the white division of the invitational for the second year in a row, running the boys 2.94-mile course in 15:32.

Chris Popoca came in third (16:14), and Angel Virgin was fifth (16:34) for the Pirates, who won the team title in the medium-sized school division.

On the girls side, Shannon McClish finished in eighth (20:39), and Madeline Ogle (20:54) was 11th.


Valencia Fall Brawl

Lauren Hayashi was seeded No. 4 and finished in second place in the singles tournament for Arroyo Gramde. 

Hayashi won her first two matches 8-0. Hayashi then beat No. 1 seed Proyfon 

Lohaphaisan of Hart in a tiebreaker before losing in the final 8-4 to Natalia Munoz of Hart.

The Eagles’ doubles team of Angelica Gagliano and Joanne Phung, and the team of Mekayla Landers and Olivia Madison both won their first-round sets but lost the second round to seeded teams.


Arroyo Grande at Irvine Tournament

Palm Desert scored a goal in the final minute on a counter attack to beat the Eagles 6-5 in the championship. 

Arroyo Grande’s five goals came from five players, and goalie Clint Doucette had 12 saves. 

In the semifinals, the Eagles (5-2) beat Woodbridge 9-6. 

Jack Empey led Arroyo Grande with four goals against Woodbridge, and Ryan Sverchek scored twice. 

Doucette had eight saves for the Eagles.


Royal Tournament 

Arroyo Grande finished second in its pool and advanced to the silver bracket playoffs, where it lost to Simi Valley 24-22 in the first round.

The Eagles (9-7) fell to Agoura 25-19, 25-18 to open the day.

Arroyo Grande beat Sierra Canyon 25-20, 14-25, 15-13, then beat Crossroads 25-14, 25-14. 

Atascadero lost its first pool play match to Notre Dame Academy 28-26, 17-25, 15-10, then was swept by Hart 25-23, 25-20 and Royal 25-23, 25-22 to conclude pool play.

The Greyhounds beat Oak Park 25-18 in the first round of the playoffs, but lost to Ventura 25-23 in the second round.

Carpinteria Invitational

Mission Prep beat Cabrillo for fifth place in the silver bracket, 25-15.

In pool play, Mission Prep beat Gladstone in two sets and tied Nordhoff and Cabrillo.

The Royals beat Yucca Valley in the first round of the one-set playoffs before beating Cabrillo for fifth place to end the tourney.

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