If Thursday’s PAC 7 track and field championships were any indication, the San Luis Obispo High girls track and field team could be poised to contend for another CIF-Southern Section divisional championship.
The Tigers won the league title with 195 points at Atascadero High, and had three girls break meet records in the process.
Abrianna Torres broke the record in the triple jump with a mark of 38 feet, 31⁄2 inches, Elena Clarke set a new standard in the pole vault at a school-record 12-8, and Christine Hoffmann did the same in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11 minutes, 3.09 seconds.
“Everybody just came up so big today,” Torres said.
None bigger than Torres.
The Colorado signee won three other events as well: the 100 hurdles (14.78 seconds), the 300 hurdles (46.32) and the long jump (18-51⁄2 ). She did it despite a recent hamstring injury that kept her out for nearly a month.
“I’m happy that I’m able to be back just in time,” she said.
A year after breaking three meet records, Torres said she was a bit disappointed with her marks Thursday, but seeing her teammates’ breakthroughs made up for it.
“We’re a pretty close-knit team,” she said.
Clarke, who has signed with UCLA, bettered her own year-old meet record by eight inches. Hoffmann also shattered the old record in her event, eclipsing it by more than 16 seconds.
“It definitely gives me a lot more confidence,” Clarke said. “It makes me feel more relaxed going into (the postseason), that I can do this.
“I’ve just been trying to train every day and fine-tune everything,” Clarke added. “We were ready for today. I was nervous, but I was in the mindset that I could P.R.”
The Tigers, who won Division 3 championships in 2008 and 2009, were second in this week’s DyeStat rankings, behind only Harvard-Westlake. This year’s finals will be held May 21 at Cerritos College in Norwalk.
The San Luis Obispo girls squad also got wins from Ariel Becker (12.39 in the 100 and 25.66 in the 200), Mikaylah Williams (58.99 in the 400) and their 400 relay team (49.64).
The Tigers weren’t the only team to enjoy standout performances on the girls side, though.
Paso Robles’ Maddy Cline won the 1,600 in a school-record and meet-record time of 5:02.94. Teammate Tess Rountree won the high jump for the second year in a row at 5-6, a quarter-inch off the meet record.
Arroyo Grande finished second in the girls team standings with 163 points, followed by Paso Robles (72), St. Joseph (621⁄2), Atascadero (22), Righetti (121⁄2) and Pioneer Valley (9).
The Eagles swept the girls throwing events, as Madison Jacobs finished first in the shot put at 39-3, and Anna Vasylenko won the discus at 122-2. Arroyo Grande’s girls also tallied wins from Jade Fuller (2:20.74 in the 800) and their 1,600 relay team (4:02.71).
On the boys side, Uriel Mendoza lifted Arroyo Grande to the team championship, winning three events.
Mendoza took the long jump at a personal-best 22-4 3⁄4, the 400 at 50.6 and the 200 at 22.7.
Eagles teammate Garrett Weinreich won the shot put at 56-0 1⁄2 and was second in the discus at 167-3, behind the 170-7 effort of Paso Robles’ Matt Sepulveda.
The Eagles compiled 153 points, followed by Paso Robles (97), Atascadero (88) and San Luis Obispo (80).
Arroyo Grande’s boys also got wins from Joey Reeves (13-9 in the pole vault) and Jackson Zimmerman (6-4 in the high jump).
Paso Robles’ Zander Souza joined Mendoza as a multiple-winner, claiming the 1,600 at 4:21.67 and the 800 at 1:57.76.
The most thrilling finish of the day on either side may have come in the last race of the meet, as Atascadero won the boys 1,600 relay in 3:25.31, edging Arroyo Grande by 34-hundredths of a second.