High School Sports

Dual athletes come up big at PAC 8 Track and Field Championships

Arroyo Grande High’s Bradley Mickey competes in the triple jump at the PAC 8 track and field finals at Atascadero on Thursday. Photo by Joe Johnston 05-05-16
Arroyo Grande High’s Bradley Mickey competes in the triple jump at the PAC 8 track and field finals at Atascadero on Thursday. Photo by Joe Johnston 05-05-16 jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Arroyo Grande’s Bradley Mickey has earned his share of accolades. He was named Tribune County Player of the Year for football and made Second Team All County in basketball.

The Cal Poly football commit added another accomplishment Thursday at the PAC 8 Track and Field Championships at Atascadero High School: track and field champion.

In his first ever meet, Mickey won the triple jump event with a distance of 41’07.75, beating out San Luis Obispo county champion Ceddric Bermudez and Paso Robles’ Cade England by more than six inches.

“It is a lot of timing and technique, you can’t just go out there and just use athleticism,” Mickey said.

Mickey was recruited two weeks ago by Arroyo Grande’s track and field coaching staff, with the goal of winning a tight team match with San Luis Obispo, which was expected to be the Eagles’ biggest competition.

“For coaching me with a limited amount of time, (Arroyo Grande coach James Brown) has really kind of crash-coursed it,” Mickey said. “He has done a good job. We will see how we do in finals.”

Other dual-sport athletes competing for Arroyo Grande in the PAC 8 final included football and baseball player Alex Cecchi (long jump; he also won the event at the SLO County Meet) and football player Joel Bishop (high jump).

Graeber shines

Arroyo Grande’s all-around athlete Josephine Graeber had her best jump of the day when it mattered most. And she needed it.

Graeber, a senior, edged out San Luis Obispo freshman Anneke Moersdorf by a half an inch to win the long jump with a distance of 17-01 1/2 .

“It feels really good. I’m just on top of the world right now,” Graeber said.

Graeber also won the triple jump by a huge margin with a jump of 35’05.50”

“We have won the team title for the last three years, so I am hoping we can pull this one out,” Graeber said. “That’s why I was really happy because I got two points.”

Arroyo Grande ended up finishing in second place in the team event beind San Luis Obispo.

New kid on the block

At the end of the eighth grade, San Luis Obispo’s Moersdorf decided to check out track and field. The first thing the long-time gymnast tried was the high jump. She liked it, and turns out she is pretty good too.

Moersdorf beat out fellow Tiger Cora Devaney, clearing 5-02, to win first place in the high jump

“It’s been pretty amazing,” Moersdorf said. “My teammates are super supportive, and the coaches are pretty cool.”

Moersdof also occasionally competes in the 200-meter race and the shot put — but not Thursday. She also plays volleyball and plans to stick around for a while.

“I have three more years to get better,” Moersdof said.

Bolger Continues Domination

San Luis Obispo’s Callum Bolger continued his domination of county competion this year with a sweep.

Bolger broke his own meet record in the 3200m with a time of 9:18.30. In the 800m he beat out Righetti’s Sean Morley with a time of 1:56.18 and just missed another meet record with a 4:16.61 in the 1600m.

Other Results

The San Luis Obispo girls won the overall team event with a score of 167.667, beating out Arryo Grande (159.833) and Paso Robles (106.5). Arroyo Grande won the boys team event with a score of 180.5, beating out San Luis Obispo (167.5).

Atascadero pole vaulter Chris Gonzales beat out San Luis Obispo’s James Higgins and Arroyo Grande’s Spencer Eley at 13 feet.

San Luis Obispo’s Cora Devaney won the discus event, beating out Paso Robles’ Kristen Thompson with a distance of 128-4.

Mission Prep’s team of Jenna Lee, Paige Baxstresser, Alyssa Caldera and Emma Kuchinski won the girls 4x100 relay, beating Arroyo Grande by a comfortable margin. Baxstresser also won the 200m with a time of 25.96.

C.J. Cole won an exciting 100m Dash with a time of 11.00, narrlowly beating out Righetti’s Angel Plascencia (11.01) and Andrew Toh (11.12) from San Luis Obispo.

Brittney McKinley won the girls 100m Dash with a time of 12.45, beating out Mission Prep’s Paige Baxstresser’s 12.53.

Nate Higgins (San Luis Obispo) won the 400m Dash with a time of 50.58 on the boys side and Alyssa Caldera (58.49) from Mission Prep won it on the girls side.

Pioneer Vally’s Jhony Diaz won the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.40. San Luis Obispo’s Sarah Attala finished first in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.87.

Ashley Davis won the 1600m for Paso Robles with a time of 5:09.68 and the 800m with a time of 2:21.33.

St. Joseph’s (43.26) beat out San Luis Obsipo (43.39) for the 4x100 relay win while Mission Prep (49.39) took home the win on the girls side.

Arroyo Grande went one, two in the high jump with Vincent Ketelaar (6’4”) taking first and Joel Bishop (6’2”) taking second.

Righetti’s Angel Plascencia won the 200m with a time of 22.24.

Arroyo Grande’s Matt Sill won the 300m hurdles (39.94) and the long jump (20’11.75”) in a five minute span. Paso Robles’ Madison Mitchell took home the crown for the 300m hurdles (46.92) for the girls.

Malia Simon from Arroyo Grande won the girls 3200m with a time of 11:13.97.

Codie Wilshusen hit a personal record in a girls pole vault win for Paso Robles clearing 12’.

San Luis Obispo won the girls and boys 4x400 relay.

Samantha Henkel from Arroyo Grande won the girls shot put with a throw of 41’11”.

All first-place winners automatically qualify for a spot in the CIF-Southern Section meet. Second- and third-place finishers can also make it with qualifying times.