Four San Luis Obispo County girls placed in the top five of their respective track and field events Friday at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet at Cerritos College in Norwalk, earning automatic berths to next week’s state championships.
Templeton High sophomore Savannah Camacho placed second in the 800 meters in a school-record time of 2 minutes, 9.7 seconds, which would’ve ranked as the fifth-fastest time in the country entering Friday, according to DyeStat.com’s national outdoor list.
“She had the potential for that,” Camacho’s coach, Jim Barodte, said of posting the national-level time. “She just lived up to it. She’s running so well right now.”
Camacho also finished third in the 1,600 in 4:49.84. Both of her times were school records. At the state meet, Barodte said, she’ll compete in just the 800 in order to maximize her performance there.
The state championships will be held at Buchanan High in Clovis on Friday and Saturday.
Atascadero’s Markita Hinton also qualified for the state meet in two events, finishing fifth in both the shot put (at 43 feet, 1 inch) and discus (a school-record 138-4).
“She’s made big strides,” Atascadero assistant coach Darvell Cullors said of Hinton’s showing in the discus. The Sacramento State-bound senior has long specialized in the shot put.
San Luis Obispo’s Vivien Devaney, a Notre Dame signee, was the runner-up in the discus, uncorking a mark of 145-7, a school record.
Tigers teammate Abrianna Torres, meanwhile, was third in the long jump at 18-11¾, and just missed earning an automatic bid to the state meet in the triple jump, finishing sixth at 37-8½.
Arroyo Grande senior Danielle Lauinger, who earlier this week signed with Cal Poly, was 10th in the girls discus at 130-8.
In the girls pole vault, Arroyo Grande’s Rachel Murphy was eighth at 11-3, followed in 13th by San Luis Obispo’s Elena Clarke (10-9). Paso Robles’ Aleksander Koch, who cleared 6-4 in the boys high jump at last weekend’s sectional divisional championships, recorded a no-height Friday.
North County Christian 8, Animo Leadership of Inglewood 7
The Crusaders, who relinquished a 7-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, were doomed by committing seven errors in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 7 playoffs.
Taylor Brard started for North County Christian (18-1), going the first four innings and collecting four strikeouts.
Reliever James Barraza picked up the win for the Aztec Eagles (17-9), striking out nine batters in 31⁄3 innings. With the Crusaders poised to add to a 7-5 lead with the bases loaded at one point, he struck out three in a row.
Keelan Willison went a team-best 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI for North County Christian, while teammate Evan Pastorius had an RBI double.
Josh Feld, who holds several season and career program records for the Crusaders in multiple sports, doubled in the final at-bat of his prep career.
Barbers fall to Corona del Mar team
Atascadero’s doubles tandem of Devin Barber and Kyle Barber fell 6-4, 6-3 to Corona del Mar’s Ryan Peyton and Shane Korber in the CIF-Southern Section Individual Round of 16 at the Seal Beach Tennis Center.
“The boys were right there the entire time,” Greyhounds coach Amy Barber said. “Their team just played one or two points better and got the break they needed to win.”
Both juniors, the Barber twins emerged as the PAC 7’s top tandem this season, going further in the postseason than any previous duo in school history.
“All in all, it was a good season,” Amy Barber said. “Hopefully they keep (Friday’s defeat) in perspective; you can’t be too bummed about being in the top 16.”