On the backs of Abrianna Torres and Elena Clarke, the San Luis Obispo High girls track team took second place in the Division 3 team competition Saturday at the CIF-Southern Section Track and Field Divisional Finals in Cerritos.
Torres won the long jump and triple jump in Division 3, while Clarke won the pole vault. Both advance to the Masters Meet next Friday at Cerritos College.
Several area athletes will join them next week.
In Division 4, Templeton’s Savannah Camacho won the the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 11.53 seconds, good for third overall. She also took second in the division and fourth overall in the 1,600 at 4:51.15.
Also qualifying for Masters were Heather Hawes, who took first in Division 3 in the discus with a throw of 124 feet, 3 inches. Paso Robles’ Matt Sepulveda took third in the discus with a throw of 173-3, and Tess Rountree was fifth in the high jump at 5-4 — both qualified in Division 3.
In Division 2, Arroyo Grande’s Garrett Weinreich took third and qualified in the shot put with a personal best throw of 59-6 1⁄4.
Torres got one of her wins in her signature event, the long jump, where she placed first in Division 3 and second in the Southern Section at 19-11 1⁄2. Only Kira Moreland of Division 1 Los Osos, who jumped 20-0 1⁄2 on her last attempt, was better.
Torres jumped 39-4 in the triple jump, good for second in the section.
Torres ran a 14.63 second 100-meter hurdles, which was enough to seal second place in Division 3 and seventh overall. She also ran the 300 hurdles in 44.54 seconds, good for third in the division.
She advanced in the long jump, triple jump and 100 hurdles. In order to qualify for the Masters event, a racer had to finish in the top 9 on the day for lane races and top 12 for field events, regardless of division.
Clarke cleared 11-9 in the pole vault, which put her second overall for the Masters competition.
“To have an athlete like Abrianna, it doesn’t happen every year. To have an athlete like Elena, that doesn’t happen every year,” San Luis Obispo coach David Gomes said. “To have athletes like them able to compete this well at a tough competition like this is incredible and it’s not lost on me how special it is.” San Luis Obispo finished with 52 points 14 behind Harvard-Westlake for the top spot in Division 3. Nipomo finished 13th with 17 points, and Paso Robles was 25th with seven points.
Several other area athletes competed Saturday. In Division 4, Mission Prep’s Annie Mooney took fifth in the girls 1,600; for Morro Bay, the girls 1,600 relay team placed seventh with a school record of 4:04.44, besting the old mark of 4:04.84, Olivia Watt was eighth in the girls 300 hurdles, Ryan Wheat was third in the boys high jump, and Nathan Zak was sixth in the boys pole vault.
In Division 3, Paso Robles’ 1,600 relay team set a school record, running a 3:59.47, breaking the old mark of 4:00.02, while Zander Souza took sixth in the 1,600, and Bo Bonnheim was eighth in the discus; San Luis Obispo had Christine Hoffmann take seventh in the 3,200 in 11:15.31, and Nick Teaford took sixth in the boys discus; and for Nipomo, Tevin Limon was third in the boys pole vault with a school record 14-9, Taylor Nevitt finished fifth in the girls shot put, and Brett Kimball was fifth in the boys shot put.
In Division 2, Arroyo Grande’s Madison Jacobs was fourth in girls shot put, Anna Vasylenko was seventh in the girls shot put, and the 1,600 meter girls relay team came in sixth.