ATASCADERO — On Thursday, May 4 at Atascadero High School, the Bearcats track and field team finished in third place overall behind Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo Codie Wilshusen set a new school record in the pole vault, breaking the previous record that she set last season. Wilshusen vaulted 12’4”, a personal best, and finished 2’ higher than the second-place finisher from Arroyo Grande. Wilshusen is currently ranked in eighth in the Southern Section. She also finished in third place in the high jump clearing 4’10.
Madison Mitchell and Annie Meeder both finished as first team all-league selections after winning two events each. Mitchell continued her complete domination over the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, blowing away the field in both. Meeder has served as the favorite all year in the 1600-meters, but Atascadero’s Ellie Nisbet has been right behind her working to make this race interesting. Nisbet set a school and personal record on Thursday, but still came up short, finishing second to Meeder. Meeder finished with a time of 5:02.01. Meeder also won the 3200-meter race by more than five seconds with a time of 11:04.40.
Meeder, Wilshusen and Mitchell were the Bearcats lone first team all-league selections for individual events, and they are joined by 4x100-meter relay team of Madison Wineman, Kiara Mabien and Kayla McDonald, and Mitchell once again. Mabien also earned second team all-league for her race in the 400-meters. Mabien almost finished first in the 400, and it took a personal record from the San Luis Obispo racer who beat her.
While the girls team showed their speed on the track, the boys team was busy in the field. Four different Bearcats earned second team all-league on the boy’s side, three of them coming in the field. Jacob Franklin finished with an impressive day throwing, earning second team all-league selections in both his events. Franklin recorded a personal record in the discus with a throw of 156’11, and finished second in the shotput with a throw of 53’09. Cade England earned his second team nod in the triple jump with a mark of 42’ and narrowly missed out on a second selection by finishing third in the high jump with a mark of 5’10”.
On the track, Trad Berti battled it out with Callum Bolger of San Luis Obispo, but came up short. Bolger is one of the favorites in the 1600-meters this year, not just in the PAC-8, but in all of California. Berti was able to beat Bolger in a race earlier this season and will get another chance at CIF. Javier Solis put together the fastest 400-meters of his career Thursday finishing in third place with a time of 51:13.
The Bearcats that advanced to CIF will continue their season Saturday in Moorpark for the prelims. The finals will take place May 20 in Cerritos.