C.J. Cole and Kailani Cabanting prospered in the wind Wednesday.

Cole, a St. Joseph senior, won two open events and anchored the winning boys 4x100 relay team. Cabanting, a Righetti sophomore, won both girls hurdles races at a quad meet that Righetti hosted at its track.

PAC 8 League members St. Joseph, Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Mission Prep participated in the meet. No team scores were kept.

Cole won the boys shot put at 45 feet, 11 inches, edging teammate Fenton Will whose best throw was 45-10 1/2. Kaleb Monette, Michael Powers, Will and Cole teamed for a win in 44.51 seconds in the boys 4x100 relay.

"It's early in the year. There are a lot of things we can clean up, the hand-offs and so forth," said Cole, who will play football as a wingback at Cal Poly next fall.

"We hope to be in the low 43s in a couple of weeks," said Cole. Cole was part of the relay team that posted a 43.05 last year.

Cabanting won the girls 100 hurdles in 17.22. She followed that up with a win in 51.0 in the 300 hurdles.

"I'm not sure what my PR in the 300 hurdles is. It's somewhere in the low 50s. I feel like I beat it (Wednesday)," Cabanting said. "I did a lot better than I did in the last meet.

"Last year our coach randomly put me in the 300 hurdles," Cabanting said with a chuckle. "He watched me run it and said, 'That's your best event.' So I stuck with it."

A particularly suspenseful race Wednesday came near the end of the meet.

Righetti's Sean Morley and Pioneer Valley's John Gutierrez dueled each other throughout in the boys 3,200. Morley held off Gutierrez to win in 10:45. Gutierrez finished second in 10:46.

Morley's teammate, Rogelio Felix, ran through the wind for a win, and a four-second PR of 2:06 in the boys 800. Felix anchored the winning boys relay team.

Fabricio De La Cruz, Juian Leon, Michael Soares and Felix teamed for a win in 3:40.0.

Cole didn't seem particularly impressed with his marks, although he kept in mind that he posted those marks on a windy day in early March.

"They were about the same as this point last year," said Cole. "I know I can do a lot better."

Righetti senior Virginia Behill ran solo most of the way through the wind in the girls 800 and won in 2:34.

"My PR is the 2:30 I ran last year," she said. "I wasn't really happy with my time. My second lap can get faster." Behill came through the first lap in 1:13.

"My goal is to eventually run about 2:20."

Not all event results were available Wednesday. In those that were, there were several other girls winners besides Cabanting and Behill.

Area girls winners included Jenna Wellenkamp of St. Joseph in the 1,600 (6:35); Andrea Pasillas of Pioneer Valley in the 3,200 (13:32), Corby Burress in the triple jump (33-3) and the Righetti girls 4x400 relay team of Anna Greene, Danielle Spies, Behill and Shawna Regan.

Besides Cole, Morley, Felix and the winning boys relay teams, area boys winners, in events that had available results, Damian Martinez of Pioneer Valley in the 110 high hurdles (18.46), Ivan Porkins of Righetti in the high jump (5-6), Will in the 100 (11.06), D.J. Derisio of St. Joseph in the long jump (19-7), Mason Biely of St. Joseph in the 300 hurdles (44.06) and Vincent Oliver of Pioneer Valley in the triple jump (38-8).


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