High School Sports

Arroyo Grande’s Hill finishes 15th in state cross country meet

Freshman Talley Hill of Arroyo Grande High ran her way to a 15th-place finish Saturday in the CIF State Cross Country Division 2 girls championships, finishing the 5K course at Fresno’s Woodward Park in 18 minutes, 16 seconds. 

Sarah Baker (16:43) of Simi Valley won the Division 2 individual title, giving her four state titles in four years. She won by 35 seconds.

As a team, the Eagles placed eighth out of 22 teams, scoring 196 points. Simi Valley topped Saugus 97-102 to win the team title.

Sophomore Leza Cassidy (18:34) was the second runner from Arroyo Grande to cross the finish line, coming in 29th, and was followed by sophomore Angela Gemignani (18:43), who was 37th.

In the Division 4 girls race, Nipomo’s Gracie Albano (18:58) led the Titans with her 15th-place finish on the same course.

The Titans came in 11th as a team with 275 points. San Lorenzo Valley topped Laguna Blanca 86-189 to win the team title.

The second Nipomo runner to finish was Kyra Meko (19:38), who came in 39th. Both Meko and Albano are seniors. 

Cassie Dittenhoefer (19:57), also a senior, was the third Titans runner to finish and was 55th overall.  

San Lorenzo Valley’s Anna Maxwell won the individual title in 17:08, winning by a whopping 44 seconds. 

The Morro Bay boys cross country team ran in the Division 4 team race and finished 15th with 333 points. Yreka topped Laguna Beach 102-148 for the team title.

The Pirates’ top finisher was junior Austin Lay, who ran the 5K course in 16:03 and placed 12th. 

The second Morro Bay runner to finish was sophomore Angel Virgen (17:05), who came in 73rd, and the third was senior Chris Popoca (17:18) in 95th place. 

Big Bear’s Caleb Webb was the individual winner in 15:15, winning by 12 seconds.

San Luis Obispo had one runner compete in the Division 3 boys race. Junior William Ernst (16:03) finished 26th in the race, won by Campoindo’s Aidan Goltra in 15:02. The next three finishers all placed within six seconds of Goltra.

Sophomore Ashley Davis was the only runner from Paso Robles to participate in the Division 3 girls race, finishing 35th in 19:10. Northwood’s Bethan Knights won in 17:08, finishing 43 seconds ahead of the runner-up.