SAN LUIS OBISPO — All of the schools that make up the County of San Luis Obispo made the trip out to Cuesta College on Saturday morning to measure themselves with the rest of the county before entering their league meets next week.
The Arroyo Grande Eagles won on both the boys and girls side of the meet, proving that they will be the team to beat in the PAC 8 Finals which will be on May 3 at Atascadero High School. The Eagles scored 127 points on the boy's side, edging out the Bearcats (who beat them in a tri-meet earlier this month) by just nine points and ran away with the meet on the girl's side by scoring 188 points. In fact, the seventh-place team was closer in points to the second place team (San Luis Obispo) than the second-place team was to Arroyo Grande.
Neither of the Atascadero teams made it onto the podium at the county meet, the boy's team finished in fifth place with a total of 38 points while the girls finished in fourth with 36.6 points overall.
The top performers at the meet for the Hounds were senior runner Austin Erb and junior hurdler Jacob Winch who both finished second, the highest for a Hound in the meet. Erb set a personal record by running a 51.95 in the 400-meters and was beat out by just fractions of a second by Cole Bajema from Nipomo.
Winch really impressed in the hurdles and landed on the podium in both the 300-meter hurdles and the 110-meter hurdles. Winch finished third in the 110-meter with a time of 18.16 and second in the 300-meter with a time of 42.41, Paso Robles Bearcat Brendan Farnsworth took first in both.
Claire Livengood ran 5:20.08 in the 1600-meters which was good enough for fourth place and Katie Kershner just missed placing in the top three in the 300-meter hurdles, running a 50.40 (personal record) finishing fourth also.
Although one of the smaller schools in attendance, the Templeton Eagles took first place in four different events on Saturday. Kirk Russell won the high jump with a mark of 5’8”, Kade Gaertner recorded the longest throw in the shot put at 46’11”.25, and Julia Aurignac won both the 100-meter hurdles (17.25) and the 300-meter hurdles (47.48).
Freshman speedster Merran Grindley ran with the frosh/soph heats instead of the varsity on Saturday but still ran the fastest 100-meter hurdle time for a girl in the meet. Grindley ran in the heats before the varsity and posted a time of 16.69, just barely behind the school record of 16.40 that was set by Katie Walker in 2000, and just ahead of the time her teammate posted to win the varsity race.
Both teams are preparing for league prelims that will take place on Friday and Saturday. PAC 8 teams will be running the prelims and finals at Atascadero High School while Los Padres League opponents will travel to Santa Ynez.