High School Sports

Torres leads victory march with three PAC 7 track meet records

Simply winning wasn’t quite enough to satisfy Abrianna Torres. She had her mind set on records.

Torres, a junior for the San Luis Obispo High girls track and field team, not only won four events at the PAC 7 championships held at Atascadero High on Thursday afternoon, but broke meet records in three of them in the process.

She helped lead the Tigers, the back-to-back defending CIF-Southern Section Division 3 champion, to the overall team win with 204 points.

“One of my goals coming in was to get better meet records, and I was able to do that,” Torres said. “I’m pretty happy with my performances today. It’s really encouraging going into (upcoming divisional prelims).”

Torres opened the day by taking the girls long jump at 18 feet, 103⁄4 inches, eclipsing her own two-year-old meet record. She then bounded 38-01⁄2 in the triple jump, setting a meet standard there, before claiming the 100 hurdles in 14.47 seconds, bettering her own year-old meet best in that event. To close out the day, she also won the 300 hurdles in 44.91, coming up a half-second shy of that meet record, which she set in 2009.

Her showing in the triple jump may have been most noteworthy Thursday, as she began practicing the event less than a month ago but still won by more than four feet.

Torres wasn’t the only standout for the San Luis Obispo girls, though. Teammate Elena Clarke tied the meet record in the pole vault, winning at 12 feet even. Alessa Moscoso, meanwhile, took the 400-meter run in 58.83 seconds, and the Tigers’ 1,600 relay squad won in 4:01.97.

On the boys side, Hugo Gutierrez, the reigning San Luis Obispo County cross country meet champion, swept the distance events for Arroyo Grande, triumphing in the 1,600 at 4:28.32 and the 3,200 at 9:43.18.

The Eagles, who took the overall boys team title with 170 points, also were lifted by victories in the long jump, by Uriel Mendoza at 20-93⁄4, the shot put, by Sean Brown at 53-7, and the discus, by Garrett Weinreich at 165-11. Arroyo Grande also seized the boys 1,600 relay in 3:24.02, upgrading the program’s own four-year-old meet standard.

Nipomo’s sprints also fared well, taking the 400 relay in 43.04 seconds — just six-hundredths of a second away from the meet record. That foursome was comprised entirely of Titans football stars in Eric Penningroth, Duane Hanna, Akeem King and Kevin Britt.

Hanna, who went on to capture the 110 hurdles title in 15.11 seconds, said their familiarity and chemistry together stemming from football is an asset they hope will propel them in upcoming divisional competition.

“When we get on the track, we know each other and how our mentalities are going to be,” Hanna said. “It’s kind of an advantage, because with some teams, people may just do track, and we have that (multi-sport) bond.”

Nipomo’s boys finished second with 114 points, followed by Paso Robles (102), Atascadero (49), Pioneer Valley (43), San Luis Obispo (43) and Righetti (17).

Paso Robles’ Aleksander Koch was also a multiple-event winner on the boys side, taking the 300 hurdles in 39.79 seconds and the high jump at 6-4.

On the girls side, Arroyo Grande was second with 145 points, trailed by Nipomo (59), Paso Robles (55), Atascadero (38) and Righetti (36).

Another meet record fell in the 3,200, where Atascadero’s Mimi Peterson emerged in 11:19.53.

Paso Robles’ Tess Rountree, meanwhile, was a quarter-inch off the meet standard in the girls high jump, winning with a school-record clearance of 5-6.

“It was very special,” Rountree, a junior, said of setting the school record. “Since my freshman year, I’ve wanted to get that record. My sophomore year, I was very close several times, so this year, I’m just like, ‘Yes! Finally!’ And for it to be at league finals is even better.”

Rountree was the runner-up to Torres in the 100 hurdles, crossing in a personal-best 15.49.

Atascadero’s Markita Hinton, a Sacramento State signee, won the girls shot put at 42-11, while Arroyo Grande’s Danielle Lauinger claimed the discus throw at 129-1. San Luis Obispo’s Vivien Devaney, who earlier this week signed with Notre Dame, contributed third- and second-place finishes in those events, respectively, at 37-8 and 127-10.

That kind of depth, Torres said, makes San Luis Obispo’s chances of a divisional three-peat realistic.

“It’s going to be a lot of work,” Torres said. “We’re going to have to have a perfect day, but it’s definitely possible.”

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