The San Luis Obispo High girls cross country team led an impressive showing by county girls at the 2011 CIF State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno, finishing ninth in the Division 3 team standings.
Templeton’s Savannah Camacho placed fifth individually in the Division 4 girls race, running the course in 18 minutes, 2 seconds, 16 seconds in the 5K course behind first place runner Vanessa Fraser of Scotts Valley.
It was a vast improvement over last year’s disappointing 37th place finish.
“She ran very well,” Camacho’s personal coach Jim Barodt said. “I think it’s a big step for her. She should have been up there the last few years. Finally she made it.”
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Camacho represented the Eagles but competed individually in the race.
“Her training has been really good and her workouts have been going really well,” Barodt said. “She was mentally prepared. You go over race strategy and she followed it to a tee, stayed relaxed and patient and made her move when she had to.”
Christine Hoffmann was the top finisher for the Tigers, placing 10th in a time of 18:21. Behind Hoffmann, Micayla Rennick finished 22nd (18:47), Leah Rife-Dupuy finished 46th (19:18), Olivia Carmo finished 79th (19:49) and Karaine Bridgeford finished 158th (21:15) to round out the scoring for San Luis Obispo, which finished with 249 points.
Palos Verdes finished first with 103 points, and Carrie Verdon of Campolindo placed first individually in 17:19.The San Luis Obispo boys just missed the top 10, placing 11th in the Division 3 race with 263 points. Palos Verdes was first with 100, followed by St. John Bosco with 112 team points.
Seamus Land finished 16th to lead the Tigers (15:49), followed by Luke Kraemer (22nd, 16:01), Joshua Ernst (61st, 16:41), Riley Pihl (78th, 16:58) and Cameron Bauer (90th, 17:09).
Danny Martinez of St. John Bosco finished first in 15:11.
Sander Souza, representing Paso Robles but competing individually, placed 59th in 16:26.