It was the final luncheon for the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table Monday at Giavanni's Pizza in Orcutt. The six schools that attended were well represented with track & field, softball, baseball, volleyball and wrestling student-athletes present.
Athletes of the week
Both of the weekly winners came from track & field.
On the boy's side, it was a record breaking height for Cabrillo pole vaulter Steven French. The Cabrillo senior broke his own school record and he broke the meet record at the Los Padres League Finals, held Thursday at Santa Ynez High.
French easily won the event with a vault of 16 feet, 10 inches. His Conquistadores won the LPL team title after going undefeated in LPL dual meets.
For his effort, French was named the male Athlete of the Week.
The LPL meet was dominated by Santa Ynez runner Jackie Chandler, who played a big part of the team victory Thursday at the LPL Finals.
As she has done many times over the regular season, Chandler won several events at the meet. She won the open 100 (12.87 seconds), 200 (26.8) and 400 (1:00.90) at the LPL Finals. She also ran the lead-off leg for the winning 4x100 meter relay team. Santa Ynez was unbeaten in LPL duals.
Chandler was named the final female Athlete of the Week at the luncheon.
Track coach Russ French introduced four key members of the boys and girls teams. He brought Adriana Covarrubias, Anthony Tyler, Terrance Robbins and French.
"Adrianna is probably the best 300 hurdler Cabrillo has ever seen," French said. "Anthony is one of the best two milers around and Terrance just ran a sub 2:00 half mile."
French also presented assistant track coach Alfredo Covarrubias and thanked him for all of his hard work.
Baseball coach Jon Osborne introduced senior outfielder Josh Miller, senior catcher Osvaldo Medina, junior pitcher/outfielder Philip Martin and junior pitcher/infielder Dylan Maiden.
Cabrillo is tied with Lompoc for second place in the LPL at 9-3, one game behind first place Santa Ynez with games left against Morro Bay today and Lompoc Friday, both at Don McIntyre Field.
Pitcher/centerfielder Brett Gregory was also at the luncheon and was introduced by athletic director Dan Troup. He said Gregory was the school's nominee for male Athlete of the Year, which will be awarded on Wednesday, May 20 at the annual Scholarship and Hall of Fame dinner.
Troup also presented the female Athlete nominee Sydney Townes, an All-League member of tennis, soccer and softball, as well as All-CIF in both soccer and softball.
Girls track coach Ashley Coelho brought a big and strong contingent from her LPL championship team.
"All nine of these girls were a big reason why we finished undefeated in league this season," Coelho said. "Combined the nine contributed 107 1/2 points out of the 128 we had to win the meet."
Along with Chandler, the track girls included Katherine Brocke (100/300 hurdles), Jessica Macaluso (300 hurdles, 400, 4x400), Carissa Phillips (4x100, 4x400, 100, 200), Jena Nelson (long jump, 100), Sirena Iorio (high hurdles, triple jump), Kenzie Spry (4x100, 4x400, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Alexandria Nolaso (4x100, 300 hurdles, 400, 4x400) and Kelly Grier (100 hurdles).
Coelho said Macaluso set a personal record in the 300 hurdles, Nelson set PRs in the 100 and the long jump, Iorio had a PR in the triple jump and Spry had a PR in the 300 hurdles.
She also said Chandler competed all season in the 100, 20, 400, 4x100 and the 4x400, although she didn't run in the 4x400 in the finals. She also holds the school record in the 200 and the 400.
Athletic director Greg Lanthier brought his four candidates for the Athletes of the Year.
The scholar athletes are Eric Fonteneau, an All-League baseball player and a starter for the past two years on the basketball team and softball player Natalia Zaragosa, who plays volleyball, basketball and softball. For athletes Lanthier presented wrestler Torey Barrett, a two-time CIF regional champion, a two-time All-CIF, a two-time California State placer and a two-time All-American, and Dyriece Tell, a three sport athlete — football where he was named the LPL defensive lineman of the year, wrestling, finishing third in the CIF-SS Division I championships and track & field.
Former athletic director Dick Barrett mentioned boys tennis, baseball, softball and track.
He talked about the two doubles teams that placed first (Juan Baez and Oscar Ramirez) and third (Mark Morales and Henry Ricardo) in the LPL tournament last week. Barrett also spoke about the close races going on in baseball and softball.
From track & field, Barrett introduced junior Erica Gracyk, who won the 100 hurdles at the league finals, her younger sister sophomore Erin Gracyk, winner of the long jump and triple jump, and senior thrower Chrisshnay Brown, the defending CIF-SS champion in the discus who won the league meet in both events.
He also presented three sport star Rylee Sager, who currently is batting over .400 for the softball team that clinched second place last week. Barrett also said she was the top golfer on the golf team and was the co-MVP in basketball. she also has a 4.4 GPA.
Track & Field coach Philip Adam had three of his athletes at the luncheon, junior Kaitlyn Jarrett, sophomore CJ Cole and junior Blake Jaeckels. Jarrett is a thrower and Adam sees a bright future for her, while Cole won the 100 at the PAC 8 finals. Jaeckels won both the long jump and the hurdles at the finals.
Adam also introduced assistant coach Hannah Barca.
Athletic director Tom Mott presented swimmer Jessi Van der Laan. Mott said Van der Laan won the 500 freestyle at the league finals for the second year in a row. He said she will compete in the 500 free Friday in Riverside in the CIF meet and she is the first alternate in the 200 free.
Athletic director Joe Graack brought three players from the volleyball team that will open the CIF playoffs in a first round match at Brentwood, the No. 2 seed out of the Gold Coast League. The Warriors are the No. 2 seed out of the PAC 8.
Graack introduced Matthew Laflin, Val richardson and Aaron Laflin.