San Luis Obispo High’s William Ernst led a group of seven county runners that finished in the top 10, and Paso Robles’ Ashley Davis won the girls race with a strong final kick Saturday at the Morro Bay Invitational.
Ernst won the race with a time of 16 minutes, 3 seconds. Paso Robles’ Zach Chamberlain was second in 16:08, followed by San Luis Obispo’s Callum Bolger in third (16:09), Morro Bay’s Austin Lay in fourth (16:13) and Andrew Stafford in seventh (16:39) and a pair of Paso Robles teammates, Sid Monge and Trad Berti, in eighth and ninth (16:44 and 16:46).
Davis, who got her first win in Morro Bay according to coach Ivan Huff, outran Los Osos’ Sarah Holloway down the stretch to win in 19:59. Holloway finished in 20:03.
“Ashley outkicked her down the last 50-60 yards,” Huff said. “It was a good battle the last half a mile between Sarah and Ashley.”
Templeton’s Veronica Russell was fourth in 20:16, followed by Atascadero teammates Brittni Frace and Ellie Nisbet in sixth and seventh (20:31 and 20:32), Paso Robles’ Amanda Schultz in eighth in 20:33, Kecymar Osuna of Templeton in ninth in 20:38, and Taylor Witcher of Nipomo at 10th in 20:41.
Paso Robles also had two place in the top 15, with Annie Meeder in 11th at 20:44 and Clarie Farrell in 13th at 20:47.
Morro Bay’s top girls finisher was Shannon McClish at 14th in 20:49.
San Luis Obispo’s Jenny Grady was 39th, and Mission Prep’s Alyssa Caldera was 42nd.
On the boys side, Aramis Knox of San Luis Obispo was 11th in 17:01, and Atascadero’s Daniel Tull was 19th in 17:20.
Templeton’s Noah Crabtree finished 39th, and Mission Prep’s Scott Scharlach was 45th.