San Luis Obispo High School runner Callum Bolger blew away the competition in the boys 3,200-meter race at the CIF-Southern Section Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Cerritos College, missing out on the Division 3 record by just over four seconds.
Bolger, a junior, won the Division 3 title in 8 minutes, 57.22 seconds, within striking distance of Eric Hulst’s 40-year-old record of 8:53.0. He posted the best time across all four divisions and qualified for next week’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet.
Bolger was one of six SLO County athletes who qualified for the Masters Meet. The top nine runners and top 12 field athletes qualified, though the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 also took the top 12 finishers.
In addition to the 3,200, Bolger qualified in the boys 1,600, taking second place in Division 3 in 4:13.38 and posting the 10th-best time overall.
Fellow Tigers athlete Anneke Moersdorf, a freshman, finished second in the Division 3 girls high jump, clearing 5 feet, 3 inches. Her height was the 11th-best overall, and she also qualified for the Masters Meet.
Paso Robles also put two athletes into the Masters Meet. Codie Wilshusen cleared 11-9 in the girls pole vault, finishing tied for second in Division 3 and tied for seventh overall. Kristen Thompson was third in Division 3 in the girls discus at 131-9, good for sixth overall.
Arroyo Grande’s Eddie Chagoya was fourth in Division 2 in the boys shot put, and qualified 10th overall with a distance of 55-9 1/4 .
“He’s just coming around with his strength program and it’s all coming together in the shot put for him. I think he’s going to post the same mark or better next week,” Eagles coach James Brown said.
Atascadero’s Brianna Villanueva was second in Division 3 in the girls discus, qualifying sixth overall with a mark of 131-9.
Templeton’s Sienna Stinson qualified as an alternate in the girls pole vault. She won the Division 4 section title by clearing 11-0, and finished tied for 13th overall.
Templeton had two other Division 4 section champions: Clayton MacKay, who won the boys 300 hurdles in 38.50 second (12th overall), and the boys 4x400 relay team of Jared Wilson, Noah Crabtree, Dylan Prins and MacKay, which set a school record of 3:23.06 in winning the division title (12th overall).
The Eagles’ boys team finished sixth in Division 4, and the girls team tied for 15th. Crabtree was third in Division 4 in the boys 800 in 1:58.05, and Hannah McRoy was fifth in the girls discus with a mark of 113-5.
The Bearcats’ girls team had a stellar day, finishing sixth in Division 3. Ashley Davis finished second in the girls 1,600 in 5:03.03, and seventh in the 800 in 2:20.12. Thompson was sixth in the girls shot put with a mark 36-6 1/2 . The boys team was 18th, led by Gannon Chamberlain’s third-place finish in the 3,200 in 9:15.55, good for 13th place overall and missing the Masters Meet by an agonizingly small margin of 0.18 seconds. Luis Armendariz was fourth in the 3,200 in 9:19.11. Chamberlain also finished eighth in the 1,600 in 4:20.26.
The Tigers boys was seventh in Division 3, and the girls were 11th. James Higgins was seventh in the boys pole vault, clearing 13-0. Moersdorf was fourth in the long jump at 18-1 1/4 — finishing 13th overall and missing qualifying for the Masters Meet by two inches — and Cora Devaney was sixth in the discus with a mark of 125-7. Shaina Morris was eighth in the long jump with a mark of 16-10.
Atascasdero’s girls team finished eighth in Division 3. Villanueva took second in the girls shot put with a distance of 37-11 3/4 , tied for 15th overall. Ellie Nisbert added a sixth-place finish in the girls 1,600 in 5:12.11.
Arroyo Grande had four other athletes compete Saturday. Jana Riviera was fifth in Division 2 in the girls shot put, tying with Villanueva for 15th overall with a mark of 37-11 3/4 . Samantha Henkel was sixth in the girls discus with a throw of 119-1, and Leza Cassidy was eighth in the girls 3,200 in 11:03.76. Vincent Ketelaar failed to clear a height in the boys high jump and finished ninth.
In Division 3, Nipomo’s Jordyn Dorado finished third in the girls shot put with a mark of 37-10. Garrett Morgan broke his own school record in the boys 800, finishing fifth in 1:56.75.
In Division 4, Mission Prep’s girls 4x100 relay team of Jenna Lee, Paige Baxstresser, Alyssa Caldera and Emma Kuchinski took fifth in 50.05 seconds. Caldera also took eighth in the girls 400 in 61.04 seconds, and Noel Laird was sixth in the girls discus with a mark of 108-9.
Morro Bay’s Roxanne Nolan tied for second in the girls pole vault with a height of 10-9. Two of her teammates also placed in the pole vault: Savannah Garcia was eighth at 9-9, and Bryn Anderson was ninth at 9-3.