Nipomo senior Jeanette DeWitt improved her personal best by almost 6 feet, with a 145-7 in the discus Saturday.
Mission Prep junior Jordan Hasay didn’t run her personal record in the girls 1,600 meters, but the Arroyo Grande resident’s 4:42.50 was quick enough to lead the nation’s prep girls runners - by a long way - at press time.
Her meet record - and personal best, as well as 2007 National High School Federation record for a time - is 4:39.13.
What figured to be a premier boys shot put event lived up to its billing, with Templeton’s Justin Cutler winning at 59-4, Nipomo’s Korben Boaz placing second at 57-2 and Arroyo Grande senior Kenny Sugishita placing third at 55-0. All three threw personal bests, Boaz and Sugishita threw PERSONAL bests, and all three marks were among the DyeStatCal.com top 10, at press time.
These were some of the big highlights at the Elks San Luis Obispo County Track and Field Meet at Cuesta College Saturday.
San Luis Obispo won the varsity girls team race handily with 148 points. Arroyo Grande finished second with 132. Paso Robles and Atascadero were locked in a duel for the boys varsity team title most of the afternoon, with Paso Robles winning (126). Atascadero finished second with 110 points, while Templeton took third with 96. Arroyo Grande finished fourth with 83 1/2 points. Nipomo took fifth (49 1/2).
DeWitt uncorked her 145-7 on her first throw Saturday. The senior’s toss looked good from the moment it left her hand, and that was the end result.
DeWitt said, “I saved (the release point) this time. I usually fall out of it early. I’m very happy with my toss today.
Hasay was slow to get back to work after running third at the Foot Locker Nationals cross country championships in December. She’s said for awhile, though, that her training has been coming along fine.
She seemed happy enough with her evenly-paced race Saturday. Hasay said beforehand that she simply wanted to better the 4:44.12 she ran at the K-Bell Invitational in her opening race of the season.
Hasay came through the first 800 in 2:20 and change Saturday and held that pace.
Typically, she was unchallenged though runner-up Karlee Owens of Arroyo Grande had a nice time herself, 5:09.7.
After greeting Owens following the race, Hasay said, “The race felt good. As always, it’s hard to run by yourself, especially in the wind. It bothered me a bit on the backstretch.” The wind began to pick up shortly before the 1,600 races and stayed fairly stiff the rest of the day.
Hasay said, “I’m pretty happy with where I’m at right now.” She’s looking toward the nationally-renowned Arcadia Invitational, where she hopes to run a fast 3,200.
The boys shot put duel was a spirited one. Cutler threw just beyond 60 feet on his last throw - but he fouled.
Boaz said, “Everybody’s always amped up for the County meet,” perhaps because a lot of the throwers know each other. There was the usual County meet camaraderie between the throwers as they noisily cheered each other on.
The senior PR’d, and he may have vaulted himself into the state’s top 10 in the process.
Sugishita was listed there recently, at 57-0, but, “That was a misprint,” he said, stating that his previous best was 53-plus. Thus, Saturday marked a nice improvement for him.
“I’m really happy,” he said. He added, “That was a really fun competition.”
Owens had a good day. There was the solid 1,600 time, she ran a winning 800 in 2:20.21 while contending with a fairly stiff wind, then she led off with a 59.0 400 leg for Arroyo Grande’s winning 1,600 relay team.
The junior said, “It was kind of windy down the backstretch. It was a little more windy here than at Santa Barbara.” Owens ran her best time of the season, 2:19, at the Easter Relays at Santa Barbara City College last month. Her 800 PR is 2:16. Owens finished fifth in the CIF Southern Section divisional race last year.
Owens said she has ran with Hasay “for a long time. She’s a fantastic athlete. I really look up to her. Athletes like her don’t come along very often.”
Meanwhile, Arroyo Grande senior Julianne Alarcio is gradually working her way back from injuries that have beset her since she set the meet long jump record of 18-1 1/2 her sophomore season in 2006.
She finished third with a 17-1 1/2 Saturday. Alarcio said, “I’m still not 100 percent physically. It seems that every kind of injury you can possibly have, I get. I get over one, then my body over-compensates and I get another one.”
Still, “I was pretty happy with my series. I’m just happy to be competing. I love track and field. You’re on your own, but your teammates are counting on you.”
Nipomo sophomore Kevin Britt wasn’t far off the meet record of 50.6. Britt won in 51.18.
San Luis Obispo freshman Abrianna Torres had quite a day. She ran a leg for the Tigers’ winning relay team, took the girls long jump at 17-7 and won the 100 in 12.87.
One meet record had fallen at press time. San Luis Obispo senior Emily Allis won the girls 300 hurdles in 44.16. The old meet record was 44.9. Allis won the 110 high hurdles in 15.46 Saturday.
In the boys discus, Templeton’s Justin Cutler took first place with a throw of 167 feet, 9 inches.