St. Joseph led a parade of local qualifiers for the divisional finals at the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Track and Field Preliminaries at Carpinteria High School Saturday.
St. Joseph sophomore Joseph Domingues was the fastest overall qualifier in the boys 1,600-meter run, winning his heat in a personal best 4 minutes, 21.93 seconds.
St. Joseph's boys 4x100 relay team won its heat in a season best 43.30 seconds. Meanwhile, Nipomo senior Garrett Morgan was the fastest overall boys 800 qualifier. He won his heat in 1:56.48.
Finals for all divisions will take place at Cerritos College in Norwalk next Saturday.
Domingues went to the lead on the second lap and held off eventual runner-up Jamie Moreland of Campbell Hall for the win.
"The biggest key for me was just pushing the pace the whole way and never slowing down," Domingues said.
"My kick was as good as it's ever been. To do all that work and then get caught in the last 100 would have been the worst. I was happy I was able to perform today."
Anchor man C.J. Cole said that unlike last meet when the foursome finished second at the PAC 8 League Finals, the handoffs were smooth.
"We worked on that a lot last week, and the handoffs are where we'd like them to be now," Cole said.
Kaleb Monette ran the first leg for St. Joseph. Fenton Will ran the second and Michael Powers ran the third.
Morgan motored past the two front runners in the last 100 and won convincingly.
"I kept it conservative," until he made his move, said Morgan.
"I didn't want to start a kick with 250 left and not have enough left."
Morgan said his personal best is the 1:50 he ran earlier this year. He had a near-mishap Saturday.
"I almost got tripped," on the first curve of the second lap, he said.
Will qualified seventh in the shot put. Cole qualified eighth. Powers qualified eighth in the 400. Teammate Will Pena qualified eighth in the discus and the Knights' Garrett Hoffman moved through in the pole vault.
Los Padres League champion Giiulio Giordani advanced in that event as well.
St. Joseph's D.J. Derisio is qualified seventh in the boys long jump.
Santa Ynez junior Emily Donahue won the Division 4 girls 3,200 championship last year. She qualified fifth Saturday for the 3,200 finals.
Another Santa Ynez junior, Sarah Perkins won the girls shot put with a school record 40 feet 3 inches at the LPL finals earlier this month.
Battling an injury on her throwing hand, she did not advance in that event Saturday. However, she qualified seventh in the discus. Teammate Breanna Rodriguez qualified ninth.
Nipomo schoolmates Matt O'Henley and Olivia Labastida also moved through. O'Henley qualified sixth in the boys shot put. Labastida qualified eighth in the girls 300 hurdles.
No Orcutt Academy athletes advanced, but the Spartans were well-represented Saturday. Six Spartans competed, and Michael Lopez raced in two events, the boys 100 and 200.
For a complete list of area athletes and their results, visit www.royalresults.com.
MOORPARK — Five Arroyo Grande athletes advanced to the finals in the preliminaries at Moorpark College.
Ban Taylor was a double qualifier, advancing in 4 minutes, 18.03 seconds in the boys 1,600 meters and in 1:55.94 in the 800.
Vince Ketelaar advanced in the boys high jump with a best of 6 feet, 3 inches. Joe Kraut advanced with a 154-0 in the boys discus.
Spencer Eley moved on in the boys pole vault at 14-6. "He won a long jump-off for that ninth qualifying spot," said Arroyo Grande coach James Brown.
Amber Martin advanced in the girls discus with a 116-8.
Eagles take eighth place
Arroyo Grande had a solid weekend at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 finals.
The Eagles placed eighth as a team with 104 points in a fast division with a total of 47 teams that scored points.
"We were also the highest placed team from our league," Arroyo Grande coach Russell Peterson said in an email. "Our 200 medley relay team of Jared Martin, Kevin Virning, Trent Schachter and Nathan Solis went 1:37.04 and placed 10th."
James Hazel placed 15th in the 200 freestyle and was 10th in the 500 free with times of 1:44.03 and 4:39.69, respectively. Hazel's 500 was a school record.
Schachter, who's committed to swim for LSU, placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.25. It was an automatic time for the CIF State Meet.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Solis, Schachter, Martin and Hazel placed third with a time of 3:09.22, a CIF State automatic time.