ATASCADERO — The Paso Robles Bearcats boys varsity team is No. 1 in the county this year after winning the PAC 8 title Thursday afternoon at Memorial Stadium at Atascadero High School. The Bearcats edged out the Arroyo Grande Eagles by boys team by 16 points, scoring 245 overall. Earlier this season, Paso Robles beat Arroyo Grande at a tri-meet in what Varsity Coach Anthony Overton said was the first time he had seen it happen in the past seven years.
The girl's varsity team placed fourth at the county meet, scoring 60.5 points. The San Luis Obispo Tigers won
The boys took first place in five different events Thursday and took second in three others. Paso Robles excelled in both throwing events, the hurdles, triple jump and distance running.
Altogether, Paso Robles will be sending 14 different athletes (not including relay teams) to CIF Prelims this Saturday at Moorpark High School.
Junior Brendan Farnsworth is the league champion in the 300-meter hurdles and placed second in the 110-meter hurdles. Farnsworth set a personal record in his 300-meter race, running a 40.11 and finished just ahead of teammate Jerahmy Kelley in the 100-meter hurdles.
Corban Payne continued his dominance in the throwing events and, like Farnsworth is a league champion in one event and
Cade England has breezed his way through the PAC 8 this season. With a jump of 46’05.05, England is not only the league champion but also now the PAC 8 record holder and Paso Robles High School record holder in the event. England also competed in the long jump and finished fourth (20’09) behind Junior jumper Connor Lacy (20’10) who also finished third in the triple jump (42’04.75).
The distance duo of Pablo Cortes and Steven Scruggs were in the front of a tightly-packed group for both the 1600-meters and the 3200-meters. Cortes and Scruggs finished first and third in the 3200-meters and second and fourth respectively in the 1600-meters with their total time in both events being less than four seconds apart. Cortes set personal records in both races. The junior ran a 9:33.64 to become the league champion in the 3200-meter and a 4:23.32 in the 1600-meter.
The boys 4x400-meter relay team of Jordan Summers,
For the Lady Bearcats, the throwing events were where they performed best. Kimberly Buchanan is the PAC 8 league champion in the shot put with a mark of 37’06.50 and Cara Jones took third in the discus with a throw of 106’06.50.
Kendall Caruana took second in the 800-meters with a time of 2:20.34 and Jahpenda Williams finished second in the long jump with a mark of 16’01.50.
To qualify for CIF prelims, an athlete must be the league champion or finish second or third in their event while meeting the minimum qualifying mark.