The San Luis Obispo High girls cross country team advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals with four top-25 finishers Saturday, including Christine Hoffmann, who finished first on the 2.91-mile course at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut with a time of 16 minutes and 55 seconds.
In the Division 4 girls race, Templeton senior Savannah Camacho finished in second place. She ran a 3.1-mile course (an official misguided the runners) in 18:19, trailing only the 17:57 time posted by Harvard-Westlake’s Cami Chapus.
Camacho beat her rival, Harvard-Westlake senior Amy Weissenbach, who came in third, by 19 seconds.Weissenbach had edged Camacho in 1-2 finishes in the girls 800-meter race at the state track and field championship meet in Clovis in each of the past two years.
On the boys side, Paso Robles’ Zander Souza won his heat in a time of 14:35.
The Arroyo Grande boys team advanced to the finals for the first time in 20 years, finishing second in its Division 2 heat. Top finishers included Josh Davis, who placed sixth (14:45), and Trevor Cowan in 10th (14:54).
Arroyo Grande’s girls team finished fifth and missed qualifying. The Eagles were led by Jessica Morosoli in 15th (17:36), Elizabeth Heyde in 18th (17:52), and Emily Johnston finishing 20th (17:56).
Also in the Division 4 girls race, Morro Bay’s girls advanced, finishing sixth as a team with a ninth-place finish from Rachael Jelstrom (18:52) and 15th-place finish from Madline Ogle (19.18). The Morro Bay boys’ top finisher, Billy Vedrin, qualified as an individual for the finals with a seventh-place finish in 15:30.
Nipomo’s girls fell one spot below qualifying, with a sixth-place finish. Gracie Albano led the Titans with a 16th-place finish in 19:39.
Mission Prep’s Rachel Frye qualified individually for the finals with a sixth-place finish in 18:17.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALLCoast Union 3, Pacific Lutheran 0
The Broncos (16-5) defeated the Stingrays in straight sets, 25-12, 25-18, 25-18, to advance to the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.
Coast Union was led by Katelyn Lorentz and Sophie Flemion, who tallied six kills each. Nicky Ortiz added five kills and three blocks.
The Broncos will face either Firebaugh or Baker Valley in the semifinals Tuesday.
Coastal Christian 3, AGBU 1
Leslie Henry had 20 kills, 23 digs, four blocks and four aces as the Conquerors (16-2) dominated on the road, defeating Armenian General Benevolent Union 25-15, 21-25, 25-15, 25-8.
Koral Wright had 24 digs and two aces, and JoAnn Lindstaedt had 25 assists for Coastal Christian.
The Conquerors will face either Pilipos at home or St. Monica in Pasadena on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Division 5A playoffs.
BOYS WATER POLONipomo 16, Citrus Valley 6
Cole Holloway scored five goals to lead the Titans (25-4) to a home win over the visiting Blackhawks in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division 7 playoffs.
J.W. Dobbe scored three goals for Nipomo, as did Brennan Bryant, and Marc Baker and Alex Martinez each had two for the Titans.
Kirk Wilenius had 12 saves in three quarters of action for Nipomo, which outscored Citrus Valley 5-0 in the first quarter and again in the third.
The Titans take to the pool again at Mt. SAC on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the semifinals.