Freshman Audrey McClish ran her way to a first-place finish at the Los Padres League girls cross country championship meet Wednesday afternoon at Cabrillo High in Lompoc.
McClish completed the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 18 seconds, helping the Pirates finish fourth in the team competition and secure a berth into the CIF preliminaries Nov. 14 in Riverside.
On the boys side, Andrew Stafford placed second overall with a time of 15:19, leading Morro Bay to an eighth-place finish.
Nipomo’s boys team finished second in the race and qualified for the CIF preliminaries for the first time in the school’s history.
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Sophomore Joe Gocke finished with the best time for the Titans with 15:44, four seconds faster than teammate Rogelio Flores.
Nipomo’s girls team finished third in the race.