Cuesta College

College Roundup: Ex-Paso Robles runners have Cuesta in fine form

The Cuesta College women’s cross country team placed first at the Tour de Cuesta on Friday behind Paso Robles High graduate Lauren Salacci, who placed second in the women’s 5K race at the Fairbanks Cross Country.

Anna Gamboa of Saddleback, which finished second as a team, placed first.

Nikita Kinsell, another former Paso Robles standout, placed third, and Jessica Arnes placed sixth for the Cougars in the women’s race.

The Cuesta men’s team placed second in the four-mile race, led by former Paso Robles High standout Gordon Sturgess, who placed second. Saddleback placed first as a team.

Jacob Becerra and Chris Conrad placed fifth and seventh, respectively, for the Cougars.

No individual times and team scores were available.

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True freshman Laura Hollander, fresh off a record-setting performance at the Lagoon Open in Santa Barbara, picked up where she left off, placing first in a time of 17 minutes, 2 seconds on the 5K course at the Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita.

The Mustang women placed sixth as a team with 117 points. Texas placed first with 56.

Vanessa Hancock (18:20) placed 18th for Cal Poly, and Savannah Pio (18:29) placed 23rd. Aaren Cadieux (19:11) placed 38th for the Mustangs.

The Cal Poly men placed fourth, paced by Chris Frias, who finished eighth with a time of 24:57 on the 8K course.

The Mustang men finished with 87 points behind first-place Northern Arizona (23 points), host UCLA (58) and Arizona State (66).

Sean Davidson (25:03) placed 13th, Blake Ahrold (25:18) placed 18th and David Cardona (25:31) was 23rd for Cal Poly.


Long Beach State 3, Cal Poly 1

Hannah Schleis led the Mustangs (1-11) with 15 kills and three blocks in their 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-14, Big West Conference-opening loss to the 49ers.

Nicole Kessler had nine digs, and Maddie Kuber had nine digs, eight kills and a team-high 20 assists for Cal Poly.

The Mustangs had five service aces to Long Beach’s four, but were out-hit .345 to .160 in the match.

Alma Serna led Long Beach with 16 kills.

Glendale 3, Cuesta 1

The Cougars lost their Western State Conference opener 25-19, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23 to the Vaqueros.

Riley Cooks led Cuesta with 12 kills and 11 digs. Stephanie Persky had a team-high 12 digs to go with 10 kills.

Victoria Brukett had 11 kills, and Kylie Gacad added 29 assists for the Cougars.


Merced 17, Cuesta 9; Cuesta 10, West Valley 5

Against Merced, Shanae Lauridsen led the Cougars (6-4) with six goals.

Haylie Fry had two goals, and Creighton Mcafee added one for the Cougars.

Zoe Berkowitz had eight saves in goal, and Bianca Magno had two saves for Cuesta.

The Cougars then defeated the Vikings as Lauridsen, Fry, Hillaire Sagariballa and Arin Casey scored two goals apiece for the Cougars.

Bailey Kelley and Temma Curry added one goal each for Cuesta, and Berkowitz had 10 saves.


Cuesta 2, Monterey Peninsula 0

Madison Samora scored the first goal for the Cougars in the first half off a rebound from Heather Grenada.

Allison French added an insurance goal in the second half off an assist from Tanya Khaledi.