Luis Jazo and his Arroyo Grande team were tops at the PAC 8 League Mid-Season Cross Country Meet on a balmy Thursday.
Jazo broke away after an early three-man pack included himself, eventual runner-up Pablo Cortes of Paso Robles and third-place finisher Joseph Domingues Jr. of St. Joseph and won in 16 minutes, 9.95 seconds over the 5K Fairbanks Course just outside of San Luis Obispo.
"I pulled away before the last hill," early in the third mile said Jazo, a senior. "I could feel the second-place guy (Cortes) falling away."
Cortez finished in 16:16.61. Domingues came in at 16:26:57.
The win was the first for Jazo on the Fairbanks Course. "I like the course, I like the hills but I would have liked for the weather to have been a little cooler," he said.
Atascadero junior Claire Livengood won the girls race handily in 19:47.11. A very nice result for her, especially since, "I passed out on this course once.
"This isn't my favorite course."
Livengood made sure the result for her Thursday was just fine. "I pulled away in the second mile," she said. Alexi Steinmaus of team winner San Luis Obispo finished second in 20:00.64.
Speaking of winning handily, the Arroyo Grande boys and San Luis Obispo girls teams both did that. The top four teams in the final league standings will earn automatic spots in the CIF Southern Section Preliminaries, so each of the top four squads Thursday earned a leg up toward getting a post-season spot.
Arroyo Grande's boys won with 30 points. Paso Robles was second with 51. San Luis Obispo was third with 80 points and Atascadero was fourth with 103.
Righetti, Pioneer Valley and St. Joseph finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively in the eight-team field.
St. Joseph, a smaller school, competes in Division 5 and if its divisional ranking stays high enough, the Knights will likely get into the Division 5 prelims with an at-large berth if they can't land an automatic bid.
San Luis Obispo's girls defeated second-place Atascadero 28-62. Arroyo Grande (81 points) and Paso Robles (88) rounded out the top four.
Pioneer Valley (132 points), St. Joseph (156) and Righetti (197) rounded out the seven-team field.
Arroyo Grande's five scoring boys runners all finished in the top 11. Xavier Gonzales of Atascadero (fourth place) and Andrew Swieringa rounded out the boys top five.
Afterward, Domingues said, "The course is a little longer than I'm used to.
"You never like to lose, but I want to give credit to these top two guys. This was their day today."
Arroyo Grande's Hailey Goodell finished third in the girls varsity race. Samantha Simard of San Luis Obispo finished fourth and Arroyo Grande freshman Arabella Eller rounded out the top five.
Besides Domingues, Santa Maria Valley team leaders in the boys varsity race included Jesus Garcia of Righetti (14th place) and Craig Ragan of Pioneer Valley (26th).
Santa Maria Valley team leaders in the girls varsity race included Alexis Medina of St. Joseph (17th place), Andrea Pasillas of Pioneer Valley (20th) and Emma Palacios of Righetti (31st).
The league finals will take place Nov. 2 at the Fairbanks Course.
Santa Maria 287, Nipomo 301
Medalist Marlen Reyes shot a 48, leading the Saints to a Los Padres League win over the Titans at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo.
Kailani Balderama shot a 54 for the Saints. Teammates Briana Nunez (56), Carmen Salinas (61) and Alicia Olivera (68) followed.
Brooke Panzardi led the Titans with a 50. Lily Brummit (53), Janna Stover (62) and Irelinn Dalton (63) and Carli Langdale (69) followed.
PAC 8 League Tournament
Medalist isabel Carpenter helped San Luis Obispo lengthen its lead a bit in a tight league race.
Carpenter shot a 39 over the par 35 front nine at the Paso Robles Golf Club, edging Sarah Fouratt of Righetti and Katie Burson of Atascadero, both of whom shot a 40.
San Luis Obispo edged runner-up Righetti, the second-place team in the league standings, 244-246. Arroyo Grande, the third-place team in the PAC 8 which came into the tournament just behind San Luis Obispo and Righetti, slipped to fourth in the tournament.
Atascadero shot a 248 to Arroyo Grande's 250. St. Joseph came in sixth in the seven-team tournament wiith a 297. Pioneer Valley was seventh with a 303.
Some team leaders included Karley Pinkerton for Arroyo Grande (44), Hailie Smith for Paso Robles (47), Sara Cossa of St. Joseph (49) and Coryn Nadal of Pioneer Valley (49).
Santa Ynez 255, Morro Bay 272
Medalist Gracie Church shot a 46, helping Santa Ynez beat Morro Bay in a Los Padres League match at the Morro Bay Golf Club.
Morgan Blunt shot a 48 for Santa Ynez. Bridget Callaghan (51), Madison Johnson (54) and Jordan Hartley (56) followed.
Santa Ynez 3, Cabrillo 0
Aile Uribe racked up 21 assists, and the Pirates (15-7, 8-3) swept the Conquistadores 26-24, 25-11, 25-23 in a Los Padres League match at Cabrillo.
Gillian Wilks and Laura Fieldhouse had 12 and nine kills respectively for the Pirates.
Righetti 3, Mission Prep 1
Zane Sheckherd pounded 20 kills and served six aces as the Warriors (15-14, 6-5) shook off a marathon first-set loss and went on to beat the Royals 27-29, 25-19, 25-14, 25-15 in a PAC 8 League match at Righetti.
Kendall Bagby, Jessica Powell and Lacey Thompson all had five kills for the Warriors. Jenna Wuehtrich and Makana Mahelona both had four. Akemi Karamitsos served three aces.
Nipomo 3, Orcutt Academy 1
The Titans scored a critical LPL win, moving past the Spartans to stand alone in fourth place in the league standings.
Mackenzie Bland led Nipomo with 12 kills while Abbey Gutierrez powered the defense with 30 digs.
Jenna Lane added four aces and three kills for the Titans. Rody Canton had eight kills and Leanna Jackson added seven.
Nipomo is 8-7 overall and 6-5 in the LPL. The Titans play Tuesday at home against Morro Bay at 6 p.m.
“My girls played hard and they fought for it,” Nipomo coach Andrea Ragan said. “We beat them in five in the first round and we were tied with them in the standings coming in. Now we’re along in fourth
Arroyo Grande 18, Pioneer Valley 0
Czarlyn Camba came the closest for the Panthers to winning a set in a loss to the unbeaten Eagles at home, falling 6-4 in a singles set.