Here’s a belated Hail to the Champions — to the three area CIF Southern Section individual track and field champions, that is.

Santa Ynez senior Connor Reck won the Division 2 boys 800 meters race in 1:53.84 at the CIF Southern Section Finals at Cerritos College in Norwalk May 21. St. Joseph senior Richard Finnegan took the Division 4 boys shot put with a 50-1, and Nipomo senior Heather Hawes won the Division 3 girls discus with a 124-3.

The CIF Southern Section meet typically has tougher competition than the state meet in many other states. Congratulations to all three champs.

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Hail also to the state meet qualifiers — that’s Hawes, Garrett Weinreich of Arroyo Grande and Connor Reck of Santa Ynez.

Hawes moved on by finishing fourth in the girls discus at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet Friday. Weinreich, a junior, advanced by meeting the at-large boys shot put qualifying standard for the state meet. Reck, a senior, did the same in the boys 800.

Congrats to all three state qualifiers.

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(Semi)final exams: Lompoc will host second-rated Los Angeles Cathedral in a CIF Southern Section Division 5 baseball semifinal. Dunn is at home against Inglewood Animo Leadership Charter in a sectional Division 7 baseball semi. Both games are set for 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. Kudos to both area semifinalists.

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Two for The Show: Locals Jordan Hasay and Philip Adam will compete at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Hasay, a University of Oregon sophomore and Arroyo Grande native, won the NCAA women’s 1,500 and 3,000 meters at the indoor national championships earlier this year. She’s the top seed for the outdoor 1,500 and 5,000.

Adam graduated from St. Joseph. The Rice University senior is the three-time Conference USA men’s decathlon champion. He’ll compete in that event at the nationals.

Best of luck to both. The championships take place June 8-11 at Des Moines, Iowa.    

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Here’s one guy’s sports wish list:

That the Major League Baseball season be shortened. It is too long. Maybe that’s part of the reason there’s a steroids problem in baseball — desperate players trying to keep their bodies from breaking down from the rigors of an approximate April-to-Halloween campaign — that’s how long teams play if they make the post-season.  

That the poohbahs in the NCAA do the right thing and establish a playoff system to determine the national football champion.

That race organizers re-think the Tour de France cycling course. Maybe it’s just too hard for many guys to get through without “help.” Maybe that’s part of the reason doping has been so allegedly widespread during the race.

That club sports be confined to the summer. Club sports shouldn’t conflict with high school sports. Besides, people need a break at some point.

That people re-think Little League. The amount of preparation for teams that reach the Little League World Series can amount to a full-time job for the coaches. That’s  ridiculous.

That people stop calling poker a sport. It’s a card game. I don’t care what ESPN says.

That no athlete make an oral commitment to an NCAA school until he or she at least reaches high school.

Yeah, I know. These wishes will never come true. But a guy can dream, can’t he?

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