The Coast Union cross country team faced two steep challenges last week — Wednesday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 23 — and while coach Ayen Johnson said the team did “really well” Wednesday, Saturday’s effort was a bit of a struggle because academic conflicts resulted in only six runners lacing up the shoes.
The Santa Maria Saints brought 60 runners to the Coast Union dual meet Wednesday. But while Coast’s 17 runners (nine boys and eight girls) battled hard, the boys and girls both were defeated. The boys fell 50-15, with top competitor Paul Butterfield placing ninth in 16 minutes, 48 seconds, which Johnson said tied the best time in Butterfield’s high school career.
Meanwhile, David Amodei finished 18th (18.28); David Nolan (29th) ran the 5K in (21.02); Eder Ramirez was 34th (21:34); Alam Romo was 43rd (24:54); and Axel Becceril finished in 25 minutes.
On the girls side, the Saints brought 30 runners and prevailed 55-18. Bella Raethke was the top runner for Coast, finishing third in 21:37. Crystal Fabela was 12th (24.4); Karina Mendoza came in 15th (25:00); Vanessa Ramirez was 18th (26:24); and Emma Sison finished 21st (26:59).
Also among the Coast girls Wednesday, Alondra De Jesus was 22nd (27:15); Michelle Acosta was 23rd (27:51); and Angelia Lopez finished 29th (35:18).
Saturday at the “BRUG” race in Atascadero, conflicts with SAT preparation schedules (and other commitments) resulted in the Broncos entering just six runners. The course is “tough” and there is “an intimidating hill” at the two-mile mark that runners must climb, Johnson explained in a text interview.
Butterfield finished as the top Coast runner (18:19), and got a medal for finishing in the top 10 (he placed ninth). Nolan placed 44th (22:40); Ramirez was 49th (24:16); Becceril came in 52nd (25:08); and Romo was 55th (27:02).
The lone female at the BRUG was Mendoza, who finished 43rd (27:53). The cross country dual meet against Mission Prep held Wednesday, Sept. 27, but too late for this edition of the paper.
Coast 3, Shandon 0 — After a long preseason schedule, in many cases against bigger schools in tougher leagues, the Coast volleyball team is now competing against Coast Valley League opponents.
The Lady Broncos soundly turned back the Shandon Lady Outlaws on Sept. 21 (25-8, 25-11, 25-9).
Coast 3, Dunn 2 — Earlier, Coast — in its last preseason/pre-league match Sept. 19 — nipped Dunn School (25-21, 24-26, 25-9, 24-26, 15-13).
The next home match for Coast Union is Oct. 3 against Coastal Christian, a 5 p.m. start time.
Zoe Markham (6-2, 6-6, 6-0) and Alyssa Drew (2-6, 6-0, 6-1), won two of three; and Octavia Dolan (6-1, 2-6, 0-6) won a single set.
The next home tennis match for the Lady Broncos is Sept.29; Coast takes on Dunn School at 3:30 p.m.