A 2-3 performance in the women’s pole vault and a school record by Christine Weinreich in the women’s hammer highlighted Cuesta College’s performances Saturday in the California Community College Athletic Association state track and field meet.
Nicole Worden and Sara Pizzo led the way for the Cougars at Antelope Valley Community College in Lancaster by finishing second and third, respectively, in the women’s pole vault. Both cleared 10 feet, 5 inches to finish behind American River’s Jenna Yowell, who cleared 10-11 for the win.
Worden did not qualify for state last year, while Pizzo, the Western State Conference champ, enjoyed a breakout season this year after never clearing 10 feet a year ago.
Cuesta head coach Jani Johnson said gale-force winds both days of the state meet made things difficult for athletes, particularly in the pole vault.
The troublesome winds hurt Cuesta’s Craig Van Leeuwen in the men’s pole vault.
Van Leeuwen entered the meet undefeated on the season and had tied the school record of 17-3. But Saturday, he could only clear 15-8 and finished third. Saddleback’s Nick Jennings won at 16-8.
Cuesta finished 13th in the women’s team standings with 25 points. Laney won with 82 points with Sacramento second with 61. Cuesta was 21st in the men’s team race with 13.5 points. Riverside won with 94 to 59 for runner-up Sacramento.
In the women’s hammer, Weinreich, an Arroyo Grande High graduate, broke her own school record of 154-6 with a throw of 161-4 on her sixth and final throw to move from fifth to third. It was her third school-record throw of the day after earlier throws over 156 and 158 feet, Johnson said. The winning throw was 167-6.
Weinreich, who will continue her college career at South Dakota State next year, also leaves with the school discus record at 147-3. She was seventh in that event Friday.
Former Paso Robles High star Travis Hallanan was fourth for the Cougars in the men’s 5,000 in 16 minutes, 8.66 seconds, former Atascadero High star Devon Kelsey finished sixth in the women’s 1,500 in 5:00.8 and former Shandon High star Bryce Van Boxtel was eighth in the men’s 800 in 2:00.7.
In the decathlon, Mike Hollis finished seventh for Cuesta with 5,690 points. He had the top mark in the pole vault at 14-6, and Johnson said she was pleased with the javelin, where Hollis threw over 152 feet. Johnson said Hollis had been battling an illness lately, which had hampered his training.
Pacific 8, Cal Poly 4
Nick Longmire had three hits, and Mike Walker drove in four runs in leading the Tigers (31-19, 12-8) to the Big West Conference win over the Mustangs (19-31, 9-14) at Baggett Stadium.
Cal Poly led 1-0 after the first inning, but the Tigers got to Cal Poly starter DJ Mauldin for three runs in the third inning and two more in the fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead.
The Mustangs scored in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 5-2, but three more runs in the sixth by Pacific put the game out of reach.
A day after hitting two home runs and a double, Luke Yoder had another three-hit game for Cal Poly, going 3 for 5 with two doubles and scoring twice. Yoder tied the school career doubles record as his two doubles raised his career total to 48.
Jon Macalutas also had 48 doubles from 1993-96.
Bobby Crocker, David Van Ostrand and Denver Chavez all added two hits for the Mustangs. Each team finished with 11 hits.
The two teams wrap up the series at 1 this afternoon at Baggett Stadium. It will be final conference game of the season for Cal Poly, which closes out the season with a home game Tuesday against Loyola Marymount and a three-game home series with Cal State Bakersfield beginning Friday.