Dual dominance

Photos by Maya Cortez

Bearcats run past Eagles at home

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Bearcats track and field teams hosted Arroyo Grande on a dreary Wednesday afternoon, March 20, but didn’t let the weather slow them down as they beat the Eagles soundly. The Bearcats boys team has already proved in this short season that they are the team to beat in the County after cruising to victory at the Memorial Meet a few weekends ago in Atascadero and proved it again Wednesday as they beat AG, 101-34. The girls had a much closer day. It came down to just a few clutch performances that gave them the slight edge winning, 73-61.

The Bearcat boys dominated in pretty much every facet of the track meet winning in the sprints, the distance races, the throws and the jumps. Senior sprinter Jordan Summers flashed his speed taking first in both the 100-meters and the 200-meters with times of 11.71 seconds and 23.26, respectively.

Paso Robles could not be touched in the mid-distance on either the boys or the girls side taking first in both the 400-meters and 800-meters and swept the podium in two different events. Caelan Casa (53.70), Carlos Barrera (54.46) and John East (54.73) took first, second and third in the 400-meters while Charollete Castelli (2:37.71), Madeline Loff (2:39.51) and Grace Chamberlain (2:40.41) did the same in the 800-meters. The trio of Castelli, Loff and Chamberlain finished one, two, three in three different events but spent the entire afternoon racing themselves as the Eagles did not place a girl in either the 800-meter, 1600-meter or 3200-meter races.

The Bearcat boys only entered two racers into their 800-meter race and took first and second on the legs of Pablo Cortes (2:07.37) and Damien Gavilan (2:08.00) who both had busy days.

The fab foursome of Gavilan, Cortes, and both Scruggs brothers who helped lead Paso Robles to a CIF Central Section Cross Country title also ran the 1600-meter and took four of the top five spots, only Arroyo Grande’s Cooper Limon was able to shake up the order by finishing second. Gavilan finished first with a time of 4:29.52 narrowly beating Limon who finished with a 4:30.93. Following the lone blue and yellow jersey was a pack of crimson as Cortes (4:32.75), Steven Scruggs (4:37.86) and Jason Scruggs (4:45.82) followed closely behind. The same pack of boys ran unopposed in the 3200-meters and finished in the exact same order.

The Bearcats also placed well in the throwing events with the Kimberly Buchanan and Hailie Abel going first and second in the shot put with throws of 38 feet and 10.50 inches and 34-06 respectively and second and third in the discus with marks of 104-05 for Buchanan and 100 for Abel. Kerastin Abron just missed the podium in both events finishing fourth with marks of 33-03 in the shot put and 92-03 in the discus.

Corban Payne continued the dominance that he has displayed for the last two years winning both of his throwing events and edging out his teammate Gabe Katches. Payne threw 148 in the discus and 50-04.50 in the shot put while Katches hit 142-07 and 46-04.

Connor Lacy took first place in both the long jump and the triple jump as he has continued to do in meets this season jumping 21-04 with the single jump and 42-11 off of three. Junior jumper Garrison Thomas also performed well on Wednesday taking second in the triple jump with a mark of 41-08 and third in the long jump at 18-09.50.

The Paso Robles pole vaulters had a big day as the girls swept the podium with Shasta Garcia, Sofia Willoughby and Torri Pugh leading the way while Clay Wilshusen took first on the boys side.

The Bearcats will get another chance to test themselves this weekend when the head to Santa Barbara for the Easter Relays.

Photos by Maya Cortez


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