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NORWALK — Cabrillo senior Haleigh Batty and Nipomo senior Garrett Morgan earned divisional championships on a hot Saturday.

Batty also extended her track and field season.

She won the Girls Division 3 long jump championship with a best of 18 feet, 7.5 inches at the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Divisional Finals at Cerritos College.

"I hope I made into the Masters," she said shortly after she was done.

She did. Easily. Batty was the third overall qualifier for the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet, the sectional qualifier for the state meet, which will take place next Friday at Cerritos College.

If she finishes in the top six there, or meets the at-large standard, she will qualify for the state meet for the first time.

As it is, she is a sectional champ, and Masters qualifier, for the first time.

"I'm very happy to be taking this home with me," she said as she looked at her first-place medal.

"I'm very happy with," her sectional championship, though she wasn't thrilled with her winning distance.

Batty came in with a best of 19-8.5. Batty jumped 19-2 at the sectional prelims last week.

Like Batty, Morgan was happy with his first sectional championship, a win in the Boys Division 4 800. He had to work hard to get it.

Morgan squeezed into the lead at the top of the last 100 meters and held off a strong bid from Silver Valley senior Connor Melton.

Morgan half-staggered at the end, but won in 1 minute, 57.68 seconds to Melton's 1:57.82.

"I almost tripped twice," Morgan said. "That was a hard race.

"The heat made it really tough. I ran 1:56.48 at the prelims, but with the heat today I was just running to win."

Morgan said, "I was very happy with the win."

Batty and Morgan's have tiles came on a day that saw mixed results for the locals.

St. Joseph senior C.J. Cole finished his distinguished high school athletic career with a fourth-place medal in the Boys Division 4 shot put.

The top six finishers in each event medaled.

"I'm pretty happy to finish with a medal," said Cole.

"It was our senior grad night at Disneyland last night, and we were out until 4 a.m."

Cole anchored the Knights' 4x100 Boys relay team. The quartet struggled with their handoffs and finished seventh. Eighth-seeded Will Pena of St. Joseph finished fourth in the Boys discus.

Top-seeded sophomore teammate Joseph Domingues struggled home seventh in the Boys 1,600.

Santa Ynez junior Emily Donahue couldn't defend her Girls Division 4 3,200 title. She did medal with a sixth-place finish.

Boys swimming

Eagles swim at State Meet

CLOVIS — Arroyo Grande's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Nathan Solis, Trent Schachter, Jared Martin and James Hazel set a school record at the CIF State Championships on Saturday.

Swimming at Clovis West, the Eagles swam a 3:07.89 in a swim-off at the state championships. The Eagles broke the school record.

Coach Russell Peterson said the mark is a strong All-American consideration.

College track and field

Hancock's Dionisio finishes fourth

Hancock College’s Brent Dionisio finished fourth, Rachel Naugle came in seventh and Taylor Nevitt placed 10th during the CCCAA Track and Field State Championships Saturday at American River College in Sacramento. The Hancock trio and the hundreds of other athletes had to contend with temperatures in the mid-90s.

Dionisio finished fourth in the men’s high jump final with a top clearance of 6 feet, 7 inches. The Pioneer Valley High School graduate and 2017 Western State Conference champion cleared 6-7 on his third attempt, but he could not clear 6-9 to stay in the hunt for a state title. San Mateo’s Jack Phillips won the state title by clearing 6-11 on his second attempt. It took San Francisco’s Rodney Morgan, who finished second, three attempts to clear that height. 

Naugle earned two points for the Hancock women with a seventh-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The sophomore finished with a time of 11:56.10. Diani Ellis from College of the Canyons won the state title with a time of 11:15.61. She beat the 12-person field by nearly 11 seconds.

Nevitt finished tenth in the women’s shot put. The Nipomo High School graduate’s top mark was 36 feet, 11.5 inches. The sophomore finished eighth in the event at last year’s state meet. Cerritos’ Amber Hart won the state title by 1.75 inches with a top mark of 44-5.5.


Sports Reporter