Teams from around the county competed at their respective CIF-Southern Section divisional preliminaries for track and field Saturday.
Garrett Weinreich was second overall in the shot put with a throw of 57 feet, 11 inches and also qualified for the discus at 166-8 for Arroyo Grande High in the Division 2 prelims at Moorpark.
The only other qualifier on the boys side for the Eagles was Joey Reeves in the pole vault, as he cleared 13-9.
Madison Jacobs was third in the discus at 132-9, and Hannah Vasylenko was right behind her at 131-7. Both qualified in the shot put as well ,with Jacobs throwing 38-7 (fifth) and Vasylenko 37-1 (seventh).
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The top nine finishers in each event at the divisional meets qualified for next week’s Southern Section finals.
Other qualifiers for the Eagles in the girls meet were Alex Mero (high jump) and the 1,600 relay team of Christine Moreno, Nadine Reed, Emma Weinreich and Jessica Morosoli.
Abrianna Torres didn’t slow down competing at the Division 3 prelims in Estancia, as she qualified in all four of her events (100 and 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump) for San Luis Obispo.
Also qualifying for girls finals for the Tigers were Kathleen Uyttewaal (1,600, 3,200), Christine Hoffman (3,200), Elena Clarke (pole vault).San Luis Obispo’s Nick Teaford (discus, 150-3) qualified on the boys side.
Also qualifying in the discus was Paso Robles’ Matt Sepulveda, who took the second spot at 165-3.
The Bearcats’ Tess Rountree, who has the third-best girls high jump in the state this year at 5-7 1⁄2, qualified in that event by clearing 5-2.
Other Paso Robles qualifiers were Zander Souza (boys 1,600), and the girls 1,600 relay team of Rountree, Dominique Terry, Sinead Schouten and Sammi Anderson.
For Nipomo, Heather Hawes qualified in the girls discus and shot put, and teammate Taylor Nevitt qualified in the shot put.
Tevin Limon cleared 13-9 in the boys pole vault to qualify for the division finals as did Brett Kimball in the boys shot put and Amber Britt in the girls high jump.
As expected, Templeton’s Savannah Camacho had no problem qualifying in her key events, the 800 and 1,600 at Carpinteria in the Division 4 prelims.
With a time of 2:13.9, Camacho took the second overall qualifying time in the 800.
She also qualified in the 1,600 in third at 5:02, along with Annie Mooney out of Mission Prep who took seventh in 5:04.80.
Morro Bay girls who advanced included the 1,600-meter relay team of Tess Valkov, Macy Burgeson, Hannah Cary and Olivia Watt, and Watt in the 300 hurdles.
Boys qualifiers in the Division 4 meet were Templeton’s Tyler Gray (high jump), Mission Prep’s Andrew DaRosa (shot put) and Morro Bay’s Ryan Wheat (high jump and triple jump), Isaac Rapoport (pole vault) and Nathan Zak(pole vault).
SOUTHERN SECTION SWIMMING FINALS
Arroyo Grande freshman Zach Stevens placed third in the boys 100 breaststroke finals at 56.70 seconds in the Division 2 swimming championships in Long Beach.
Teammate Peter Maloof set a personal record with his sixth-place time of 58.70 in the same race. Both qualified for the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet in Irvine on Tuesday.
Stevens also swam the breaststroke leg for the 200-medley relay team, which placed eighth at 1:38.85. The team, which consists of Zac Toomay, Stevens, Ian Dunn, and Dennis Meffert, also qualified for the Masters Meet.
Dustin Bolt of Atascadero placed fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:36.26).
Paso Robles’ Colby Thompson placed fifth in diving with a score of 394.70 points. Kevin Schultz of San Luis Obispo was 10th (332.25).
Arroyo Grande finished tied for 12th in the team standings with Diamond Bar and Sonora at 66 points. San Luis Obispo was 23rd with 27 points, and Atascadero was 25th with 19 points.
On the girls side, Arroyo Grande’s Mia Schacter placed second in the 100 butterfly (56.25) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.39). Schacter qualified for the Masters Meet in both races.
The Eagles’ 200 medley relay team of Corryn Haynes, Katie Sverchek, Schacter, and Claren Ruth placed fourth (1:51.77) and qualified for Masters. Ruth also set a school record in the 200 individual medley (2:12.41), finishing 12th in the race.
Morro Bay senior Kendall Swanson had two top-three finishes at the Division 3 championships. Swanson placed second in the girls 100 yard butterfly with a 58.57 and finished third in the 100 breaststroke at 1:05.55.
San Luis Obispo’s Tessa Merritt placed sixth in diving with 428 points.
Arroyo Grande girls placed sixth overall in the championship standings with 99 points, tied with El Segundo. Glendora finished first (234).