The San Marcos varsity boys cross country team won the Lompoc Invitational at River Park in Lompoc again Wednesday. The Royals just weren't as dominant as usual.
The San Marcos varsity girls cross country team also won the Lompoc Invitational at River Park in Lompoc again that day. The Royals were at least as dominant as usual.
Cesar Ayuso (second place) and John Barajas (fifth) of Santa Maria cracked the top five, but the Royals defeated the second-place Saints 23-43 in the four-team meet. Pioneer Valley was third with 68 points. Lompoc was fourth with 109.
San Marcos runners finished one-through-six in the girls varsity race, and the Royals scored a perfect 15 points. Pioneer Valley was a distant second with 50. Santa Maria finished third with 80. Lompoc did not have enough runners to score.
San Marcos seniors Jason Peterson and Kaela Cleary won the varsity boys and girls races respectively, Peterson in 16 minutes, 1 second and Cleary in 19:29 over the three-mile course.
Each pulled away from the runner-ups late in the race, Peterson from Ayuso, who finished in 16:12, and Cleary from teammate Madison Funk, who came home in 19:42.
Peterson said he really couldn't think of anything he did not like about the course.
"This is my seventh time running it, we run it twice a year, and it's really clean," he said.
"You can see your competition really well. It's really flat, and not as dusty as some other courses."
Peterson said he won with a "non-noticeable kick."
He said, "A non-noticeable kick is when you build into it during the last mile. It's not like a noticeable kick," where runners try to finish with a furious sprint down the homestretch.
Ayuso, a senior, said, "I wanted to go for first, but I just couldn't keep up with (Peterson). He pushed the pace."
Of some of the other top runners, Cleary and Barajas liked the course a lot. Ayuso was more reserved in his praise for it.
On a scale of one to 10, Cleary gave the course "A 10. It's so flat," she said.
Barajas also liked the flatness of the course. "It's a fun course," he said.
Ayuso said, "It's sandy, there's a lot of grass, and you run into a lot of turns that can slow you down. But really, it's a pretty fast course."
In the varsity boys race, besides Peterson, Ayuso and Barajas, San Marcos teammates David Dunklage (third place) and Ty Burre (fourth) rounded out the top five.
Sergio Jaracuaro finished sixth. He was the first Pioneer Valley runner home. Alexis Ramirez, in 17th, was the first Lompoc runner to finish.
Behind Cleary and Funk, teammates Mya Adornetto, Kate Allison and Lyla Krock, in that order, rounded out the top five in the varsity girls race.
Andrea Pasillas, in seventh, was the first Pioneer Valley runner home. Nicol Cruz led the Santa Maria girls with a ninth-place finish. Haley Calderon, in 16th, was the first Lompoc girl to finish.
The San Marcos junior varsity girls won with a perfect team score of 15 points. The San Marcos junior varsity boys edged Santa Maria 34-36.
Camille Lubach of San Marcos won the junior varsity girls race in 21:16. Jedric Callado of Santa Maria won the junior varsity boys race in 17:14.
Arroyo Grande 16, Mission Prep 2
The Eagles moved to 4-0, 2-0 with a PAC 8 League win over the Royals at Arroyo Grande.
Erika Egg lost one game in a three-set singles sweep for the Eagles. Teammates Bella Waterman and Emma Mostajo dropped one game in a three-set doubles sweep.
Arroyo Grande's Joceline Ramirez won three singles sets. She lost three games.
San Marcos 263, Santa Ynez 263 (San Marcos wins tiebreaker)
This time, the Pirates (0-3-1) lost a tiebreaker.
In their first tiebreaker this year, the sixth golfer from each team, typically the non-scorer for each squad, had the same score. Thus, the tiebreaker didn't break the tie, and the match ended in a draw.
This time, San Marcos' sixth golfer, Allison Seoane, 57, had a better score than Santa Ynez's sixth golfer did. Thus, the Royals won the match.
Alex Manion of San Marcos was the medalist with a 48 over the front nine, par 36 Alisal River Course.
Gracie Church and Hannah Getcher both shot a 50 for Santa Ynez. Scoring teammates following were Erinn Callaghan (51), Jordan Hartley (53) and Olivia Cortopassi (59).