High School Sports

Mooney helps Mission Prep continue winning cross country ways

For years, Mission Prep cross country and track and field were nationally synonymous with Jordan Hasay.After all, from 2005 to 2009, Hasay set nine national high school records.

“It has been a very big shadow cast by Jordan,” said Mission Prep assistant coach Armando Siqueiros. “Everybody who thought of Mission College Prep thought of Jordan Hasay.”

But now, with Hasay at the University of Oregon, maybe the running community will be able to notice another Royals star, Annie Mooney.

Mooney, a junior, began the season by winning the girls race at the Morro Bay Invitational on Sept. 12, in 17 minutes, 53 seconds.

But the real indication of her potential may have been shown Sept. 26 at the CIF Division V race at the Stanford Invitational, where she won the 5K competition in 18:31. She also won the small-school 5K race at the Brug Invitational at Santa Margarita Lake on Saturday, crossing in 19:24 — a 54-second improvement upon her mark at the same event as a freshman.

“I’m a little more dedicated,” Mooney said. “It’s just showing that hard work and great coaching pay off.”

The only occasions this year Mooney hasn’t won a race, Siqueiros said, Royals coaches wanted her to use the competitions for training purposes.

“Annie has just blossomed,” Siqueiros said. “Each year, she’s gotten a little faster and faster.”

As a freshman, Mooney placed second at the Division V state cross country championship, in 18:43, and did so again as a sophomore, in 18:37. She finished second to Hasay both times. After last year’s race, Royals head coach Leslie Monaco said, a reporter asked what was next for Mission Prep, post-Hasay.

“I said, ‘We had a girl who finished second!’ ” Monaco laughed.

The Royals are also led by Mooney’s sister, Tricia Mooney, who placed ninth at the Stanford Invitational, in 20:18.

CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION POLLSFootball: Atascadero stayed at No. 7 in the Northern Division rankings released Monday. The Greyhounds (4-1) are entering their bye week after handing Hueneme its first loss of the season on Friday, 29-21.

Arroyo Grande (3-1), which was idle, remained at No. 10.

In the Northwest Division, Nipomo (3-1) moved from the others-receiving-votes category to No. 8 after upstaging ninth-ranked Morro Bay (3-1), 27-10. Templeton (3-1), which fell 38-20 to No. 3 St. Joseph (4-0), dropped out of the rankings from its No. 8 spot.

Boys water polo: Arroyo Grande rose to No. 5 in Division IV after edging No. 8 Righetti 17-15 in overtime Sept. 29.

Girls volleyball: Arroyo Grande (13-2-1), which last week swept both Atascadero and Paso Robles, entered the Division I-A rankings at No. 10.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONThe Atascadero Greyhound Athletic Foundation will induct eight former athletes, a former coach and a longtime supporter into the Atascadero Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 17 at Santa Margarita Ranch.

The class is comprised of athletes Wayne Cooper (class of 1962), Greg Baxter (1980), Greg Mueller (1981), Bobby Brandon (1983), Sean Knoph (1984), Cindy Morris (1987), Kenny McMurray (1993) and Tara Thompson (1994), coach Jim Greenman (1968) and supporter Joel Clay (1984).

Tickets to the third annual induction dinner cost $40. For more information, call 712-6356.

COACHING VACANCIESThe Morro Bay High athletic department is looking to fill several coaching openings. The vacancies are in boys varsity soccer (winter), boys varsity swimming (spring), boys JV swimming (spring) and diving (spring).

Interested parties should apply through the San Luis Coastal Unified School District or call 771-1845, extension 2912.