The Central Coast was well-represented at the 2011 CIF State Track and Field Meet.
Eleven athletes in the area from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara competed in state meet finals at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
I believe that, event-for-event, the California state meet is the toughest school-year high school one in the nation.
Nicholas Scarvelis of Dos Pueblos is a state champion. He won the boys shot put with a 64-0. Arroyo Grande junior Garrett Weinreich placed third at 59-5 1/2. Scarvelis finished fifth in the discus at 171-7.
Savannah Camacho of Templeton was the girls 800 runner-up in 2:07.84. Other area runners-up included Tess Rountree of Paso Robles in the girls high jump (5-6) and Abrianna Torres of San Luis Obispo in the long jump (19-4 3/4).
Torres concluded a sensational career at San Luis Obispo in the state meet. She finished seventh in the triple jump there, at 38-2 1/2.
The San Marcos girls 1,600 relay team of Kaylin Koopmans, Hannah McDaniel, Marie Brashears and Elysia Hodges finished third in 3:46.89. McDaniel tied for third in the high jump at 5-4. San Luis Obispo's Elena Clarke finished sixth in the girls pole vault at 12-0. Santa Ynez senior Connor Reck finished eighth in the boys 800 in 1:54.63.
Congratulations to all these finalists. In fact, congratulations to all the Central Coasters who qualified for the state meet. They made a season's worth of work wind up with a place in one of the biggest high school track and field shows in the nation.
That was nice to see: Sixty minutes of football, not one personal foul. That's what happened in the inaugural FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) All-Star Football Classic that was played in front of a sold-out crowd at Pioneer Valley High School Saturday night.
Not every high school All-Star football game I've covered has gone without a personal foul. In fact, during some, there have been multiple personal fouls.
However, in this one, not only were there no personal fouls, penalties never disrupted the flow of the game. To the players on both sides who kept their hits legal, in what at times was a pretty highly-charged game, well done.
More track and field: Locals Philip Adam (St. Joseph graduate) and Jordan Hasay (Arroyo Grande native) will compete at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa that will take place Wednesday through Saturday.
Adam, a Rice University senior, will compete in the men's decathlon. Hasay, a University of Oregon sophomore, is the top seed in the women's 1,500 and 5,000. Adam's competition will begin at 10 a.m. local time in the 100 meters of the decathlon. He'll compete in the long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 later in the day.
He'll go right back at it the next day, starting with the 110 high hurdles at 10 a.m. local time. He'll compete in the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 - the last event and typically a grueling one for decathletes - later that day and evening.
Hasay's championships will begin with a 1,500 semifinal at 4 p.m. local time Thursday. The 2011 NCAA mile and 3,000 meters indoor national champion will race at 6:10 p.m. PDT Friday in the 5,000 final. The women's 1,500 final, which Hasay finished third in last year, is set for 10:18 a.m. local time.
Visit NCAA.com, then go to National Championships Central, for a meet schedule and information concerning webcasts and telecasts of the meet.
Academic honors: Not only is Hasay, an indoor and PAC 10 track champion as well as a cross country regional champ been having a banner sophomore running year, she's been tearing it up in the classroom as well.
Hasay, teammate Anne Kesselring and Oregon men's track team member David Klech were all selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 track and field/cross country team that was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Hasay carries a 3.96 grade point average in human physiology.