Between all seven events in the girls heptathlon at the Arcadia Invitational, San Luis Obispo High’s Abrianna Torres had an eye on the standings. Counterintuitive to her thinking, the senior was genuinely surprised after the pressure that came along with those updates helped her shatter a personal record when it mattered most.
“I really wanted to be aware,” Torres said by phone from the stadium Friday, “but my problem is, once I’m aware, when I’m in first place, I kind of lock up because I’m like, ‘I’m in first place, and now I’m nervous.’ ”
Not this time.
The nervous energy led to a 10-second improvement over Torres’ best 800-meter time, and the Tigers standout — headed to compete for Colorado next season — held off a future Pac-12 competitor in the final event to win the heptathlon by only eight points.
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Finishing the 800 in 2 minutes, 31.44 seconds, Torres collected 4,826 points. Going into the 800, Torres and San Luis Obispo coach Dave Gomes figured she needed to stay within five seconds of Valencia’s Jasmine Hall to clinch victory.
Hall, who Gomes said will attend Arizona in the fall, finished in 2:27.31. Having never run faster than 2:41, Torres was less than two seconds off Hall’s pace.
“I just got right behind Jasmine,” Torres said, “and I didn’t let her get too far away from me because coach kind of showed me the distance I needed to be within her.
“I was more than surprised. I never would have known I can run that fast.”
Torres placed eighth in the Arcadia heptathlon a year ago and was hoping for a top-four finish this year.
She was 58 points out of first after the first four events Thursday but pulled ahead by breaking 19 feet in the long jump Friday. The second-best long jump mark was only 16 feet, 9 3⁄4 inches.
“She basically put 2 feet on the next person,” Gomes said. “She put 169 points on the second-place jump.”
Torres is scheduled to compete in the invitational long jump today at 6 p.m.
Also Friday, Matt Sepulveda of Paso Robles placed second in the boys discus with a throw of 161-8, and Arroyo Grande’s Ana Vasylenko was second in the girls discus with a mark of 126-4.
The Bearcats’ girls 4x200 relay team — consisting of Sinead Schouten, Sammie Anderson, Tess Rountree and Domenique Terry — placed fifth in 1:46.8.
San Luis Obispo’s Spencer Lemons finished 11th in the boys decathlon with 5,149 points, Jessica Belingheri placed 16th in the girls heptathlon with 3,319 point and Bridget Devaney was 14th in the girls discus with a mark of 100-2.
Arroyo Grande 12, Atascadero 0
Kyle Raubinger threw a complete-game, five-hit shutout, walking just one and striking out 12 for the Eagles (11-3, 7-2 PAC 7).
Raubinger was also 4 for 4 at the plate with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and four runs scored. Arroyo Grande also got two-run homers from Mitchell Hollingsworth and Cameron Petetit.
Jordan Morrison went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI for Arroyo Grande.
With the win, the Eagles took sole possession of first place in the PAC 7.
San Luis Obispo 8, Paso Robles 4
Marek Johnson gave up four runs, one earned, on six hits in 61⁄3 innings in the win for the Tigers (6-5, 4-2 PAC 7).
Paso Robles fell to 10-3 and 6-3.
Marco Murillo entered with one out in the seventh and earned the save. Offensively, Sean Mullen was 2 for 4 on the day with four RBI, all of which came on an inside-the-park grand slam in the fourth inning.
Louie Summer was 2 for 4 with two runs scored, and Louie Carlos was 2 for 3 for San Luis Obispo.
Lompoc 4, Morro Bay 2
Sam LaBrecque, Jake Beavers and Rico Caravalho gave up two earned runs off four hits for the Pirates (4-11, 1-4 LPL) but couldn’t grab the win. Caravalho also went 3 for 3 at the plate and had the only RBI for Morro Bay.
North County Christian 20, Orcutt Academy 4, five innings
Taylor Brard walked six, struck out six and did not allow a hit in four innings for the Crusaders (4-2).
Brard also batted 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI. North County Christian also got strong performances from Jonathan Katches (3 for 4, five RBI), Daniel Katches (2 for 3, two-run home run), and Keelan Wilson (2 for 2, double, two RBI).
Coast Union 11, Cuyama Valley 1
Garrett LeMillier struck out seven and allowed one run on three hits in six innings to earn the win for the Broncos (2-8, 3-0).
Emmy Godinez was 3 for 4 with two doubles, a triple, and three RBI, and Matt Sanford was 2 for 2 with two RBI for Coast Union.
Simi Valley 11, San Luis Obispo 1; Agoura 11, San Luis Obispo 0
The Tigers (8-5) had two hits, one by Erica Chandler and one by Andrea Reynolds, against Simi Valley at the Softball by the Beach Tournament hosted by Arroyo Grande, which opened with a bye.
Against Agoura the San Luis Obispo had three hits, one by Chandler, one by Selene Houlis and one by India Hoffman.
Diamond Bar 9, Nipomo 7, 9 innings; Nipomo 3, San Joaquin Memorial 0
Courtney Cuzick pitched the complete game for the Titans (9-5) against Diamond Bar and gave up six hits with nine strikeouts in the Softball by the Beach Tournament.
Ari Hulsizer batted 1 for 3 with a two-run home run.
Against San Joaquin Memorial, Cuzick and Tessa Underwood combined for the shutout.
Cuzick also went 1 for 2 at the plate with an RBI, while Dana Leyva also went 1 for 2 with an RBI.
Atascadero 11, Pioneer Valley 4
The Greyhounds (13-5, 4-2 PAC 7) powered past the Panthers with 14 hits and five players with multi-hit games.
Ashlee Reusche went 3 for 4 with four stolen bases, and Erin Pennington went 3 for 3. Marissa McClain, Jessie Hufstetler and Katie Agonstini all had two hits for the Greyhounds.
Jill Johnson allowed nine hits and gave up four earned runs in seven innings.
Paso Robles 6, St. Joseph 5
The Bearcats (11-5, 4-1 PAC 7) rallied to beat the Knights.
On the first pitch of the game, St. Joseph doubled. On the fourth pitch, the Knights made it 2-0 with a home run. After Paso Robles made it a 2-1 game, St. Joseph scored three runs in the fourth.
“Luckily, we got the job done late with our bats,” Paso Robles coach Val Reynolds said.
The Bearcats scored one in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth for the win.
At the plate, Jennifer Hernandez was 3 for 3 with a double and two RBI for the Bearcats.
Orcutt Academy 14, North County Christian 7
Kylie Bergquist gave up 14 runs on 17 hits in a complete-game loss for the Crusaders.
Cheyenne Ricks was 4 for 5 with one RBI, two triples and three runs scored, and Alexandria Wisberg was 2 for 4 with two RBI for North County Christian.
Lompoc 11, Morro Bay 6
The Pirates (4-1 Los Padres League) lost on the road despite scoring five runs in the first inning.
The Braves countered with three in the first and four more in the second to take the lead.
Morro Bay outhit Lompoc 13-9 but stranded nine base runners.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
GIRLS: Santa Ynez 96, Morro Bay 86; BOYS: Santa Ynez 115, Morro Bay 53
Kendall Swanson won the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 19.5 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (1:03), but the Pirates girls (2-1 LPL) lost their first league meet.
Morro Bay also got wins from Mel Freeborn (100 breaststroke in 1:20.1), Catalina Hubbard (100 butterfly in 1:17.4), and Elaine Beadoin (diving with a score of 110.9).
For the Pirates boys (2-1 LPL), Tyler Frasier won both the 50 and the 100 freestyle. Will Murtha won diving with a score of 150.05 for Morro Bay.
BOYS: San Luis Obispo 165, Righetti 150
Alan Peterson finished first in consecutive events to lead the Tigers (7-0, 5-0 PAC 7) to a narrow victory on the road. Peterson won the 500 freestyle (4:50.42, CIF postseason consideration time) and the 100 backstroke (56.99, CIF consideration).
Dom Magliari also put up a CIF consideration time when he won the 100 butterfly in 54.37 seconds. Kevin Schultz led a potent diving attack with a 170.4, giving San Luis Obispo a first, second, third, and fourth place finishing in the diving meet.