Templeton High’s Savannah Camacho won her first race of the season at the Morro Bay Invitational.
Camacho is coming off a strong 2010 track season where she finished second at the state meet in the 800 meters. In Morro Bay, she used her short-track talent to finish fast when it mattered.
The junior standout managed to outkick Mission Prep’s Annie Mooney to win the 2.74-mile cross-country race in 18 minutes, 25 seconds Saturday.
San Luis Obispo teammates Micayla Rennick and Kathleen Uyttewaal finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and Atascadero’s Murial Bench was sixth.
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No team scores were kept.
On the boys side, San Luis Obispo’s Land barely missed giving the area a championship sweep. Land battled against Mission Hills’ Cameron Barela but could not outkick the experienced senior. Barela’s winning time of 15:37 was just two seconds ahead of Land.
No. County Christian 64, Alpaugh 16
The Crusaders matched last season’s win total in their first game of the season in dominating fashion.
Tyler Roth led North County Christian with 15 carries for 104 yards and a score while adding three interceptions on defense. Alpaugh was held to just 103 yards of total offense.
With Alpaugh driving for the tying score in the second quarter, Daniel Katches intercepted a pass and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown to turn the tide of the game.
Katches added four catches for 30 yards and two scores offensively.
The game was called early in the fourth quarter after the 45-point mercy rule limit was reached.
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Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo at Conejo Classic
Tanner Sandman scored with just over one minute left to help give Arroyo Grande a 12-11 victory over Newbury Park in their final game of the Conejo Classic.
With the win, Arroyo Grande clinched a winning record in the tournament at 3-2, earning them an 11th-place finish out of 36 teams. The Eagles competed in the platinum bracket — the most competitive division of the tournament, which pitted them against some of the top teams in California.
Arroyo Grande lost its first game of the day 8-3 to Oaks Christian, before coming back to defeat Westlake 6-4 in the afternoon.
Kevin Meffert led the Eagles with three goals against Westlake, while goalie John Kullman logged six saves. The Arroyo Grande defense led the way, blanking Westlake in three of the four quarters.
The final game of the day turned into a shootout.
Despite the tournament-shortened quarters (from seven minutes to six), Arroyo Grande and Newbury Park managed a combined total nine goals in the first, with the Eagles leading 5-4. From there, the scoring fest continued, with teams matching goals until the score stood at 11-11 with fewer than two minutes to play.
It was here that Sandman scored his fifth goal of the game for the game winner. Kevin Meffert led the Eagles on the day with nine goals.
“There was lots of improvement from game one to game five,” Arroyo Grande coach Steven Allen said. “Our young team is coming together.”
San Luis Obispo finished fourth in the Gold Division at the 18-team tournament.
After beating Hueneme 17-2 and Villanova 7-2, the Tigers fell to Pacifica 12-7.
San Luis Obispo then beat Atascadero 10-2 to move into the consolation third-place game, losing 10-7 to Santa Ynez.
Senior driver Jeffrey Gomez was named to the all-tournament first team.
Atascadero, San Luis Obispo at San Luis Obispo Tournament
San Luis Obispo defeated Oaks Christian 26-24 to win the gold consolation bracket title of the San Luis Obispo Tournament and finish in 11th place.
The win came after an exhausting day of playoffs, in which the Tigers played six total matches.
The tournament included 34 total teams.
San Luis Obispo opened Saturday’s play with a 25-21, 26-24 loss against Paso Robles. With a win against Atascadero (25-15, 25-23) and a loss against La Reina (25-19, 25-11), the Tigers moved to the gold consolation bracket playoffs.
Once in the consolation bracket, the competitors played only one set to decide whom advances. The Tigers again swept through the competition and they found themselves in the final against Oaks Christian.
The match was even throughout, but a San Luis Obispo defensive stand put them over the top. Near the end, Linnea Ramirez repeatedly denied the Oaks Christian attack, coming up with digs to save the point. Finally Beth Hoyt put away a spike to put the Tigers ahead for good. Trabuco Hills of Mission Viejo won the tournament as gold division champion.
Atascadero fell 25-11, 25-15 to Lorena and 27-25, 19-25, 16-14 to Paso Robles.After beating Moorpark 25-20 in the elimination portion, they were eliminated by the Tigers.