PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Robles Bearcats hosted the Atascadero Greyhounds for a dual meet on Wednesday afternoon as both teams begin to prepare for PAC 8 League Finals.
The two teams split the meet with the Bearcat varsity boys winning for Paso and the varsity girls winning for the Hounds. However, as they have all season, the Bearcats men’s team looked nearly unstoppable, beating the Hounds 114-18 on the afternoon.
The match-up on the women’s side was much closer with the Hounds just edging out the Bearcats 73-62.
Last Tuesday the Bearcats faced Mission Prep and PAC 8 track juggernaut Arroyo Grande in a tri-meet and for the first time in recent memory, the Bearcat boys edged the Eagles to stay undefeated on the PAC 8 season.
“We're excited to see where we end up, where we're working out in the league,” Track coach Anthony Overton said. “I don't think that we kind of knew it going into the season, but the guys have just been performing and we have great groups of kids performing and pushing each other, which has been awesome.”
The Bearcat’s men’s team is solid in all areas — jumpers, throwers, and runners.
“We have this really awesome jumper core that has been pushing each other,” Overton said. “We’ve got three guys on our team over 40 feet in the triple and we’ve had years in the league where there weren’t three guys in the league over 40 feet in the triple so that’s huge.”
Cade England and Garrison Thomas each jumped over 40 feet in the meet against the Hounds with England hitting 43-09, taking first, and Thomas jumping 40-10.50 and taking second. The Bearcats swept the podium in the discus as well with Corban Payne taking first by throwing 144-02 and was followed by teammate Micah Katz who hit a mark of 132-08.
The men’s distance team for the Bearcats is always a factor, especially coming off of their fourth straight league title in cross country. The core of Pablo Cortez, brothers Jason and Steven Scruggs and Damien Gavillan lead the ‘Cats and did so on Wednesday taking the top four places in the 1600-meter.
“It is the first time in a while that we have had some real depth so that league title is, like, a reality,” Overton said.
Even though the Bearcats ran away with the meet on the boy's side, Greyhound senior Austin Erb still manages to find joy in the meets as his high school season draws to a close.
“I don't know if I am trying to run in college yet,” Erb said through huff and puffs after winning the 400-meter. “But I'm just going out every day and practicing with the mindset of like, every race is my last race here. So coming up I've got three more races left, for sure, and then CIF if I make it there, so just one at a time I'm taking it and just making the most of it.”
On the women’s side, the Hounds took first and second in both the 100-meter and 200-meter. Juniors Shanice Welch and Talia Johnson finished nearly dead even in both races with Welch barely edging out Johnson in both. Welch beat Johnson by a combined five-tenths of second in both races recording a 13.9 in the 100-meter and a 29.3 in the 200-meter.