St. Joseph junior Joseph Domingues Jr. made some history Wednesday.
According to longtime St. Joseph coach Greg Sarkisian, Domingues became the first runner to win all three boys distance races at the Santa Maria City Track Meet in his freshman, sophomore and now junior seasons.
Domingues cruised to wins in the varsity boys 1,600 (4 minutes, 35.04 seconds), 800 (2:03 flat) and 3,200 (unofficially, 10:07).
Brian Wallace, Santa Maria High School's athletic director, confirmed that Santa Maria's Nancy Juarez swept the three girls distance races at the city meet last year. Juarez was a senior in 2017.
Santa Maria High School hosted the 2018 city meet, which started on a cool afternoon and ended under the lights on a chilly evening. Final team scores were not available at press time.
"I'm just running to run, trying to hold my form. That's the plan," Domingues said after he won the 1,600. Unofficially, he finished his racing with a 63-second last lap in the 3,200.
Brianna Labastida and freshman Rayann Booker both had a big day for the Righetti girls.
Labastida ran the first leg and Booker ran the second for a Righetti girls 4x100 relay team that won in a solid early-season time of 50.7. Anna Greene ran the third leg for the Warriors, and Kailani Cabanting anchored.
Domingues won the 1,600 in 4:21.57 at the Thousand Oaks Invitational in late February. At press time, that was the fastest high school time in the state so far. Domingues took the 1,500 in 4:03.90-plus at the Winter Championships at Arcadia High School earlier in February.
Sujey Montano pulled a distance double for the Pioneer Valley girls. The senior went in front just before the start of the last curve in the 1,600 and won in 5:50.67. She moved in front early on the last backstretch in the 3,200 and won in an unofficial 12:51.9.
"I won at the city meet in my freshman year, I believe, and then I took two years off from track," said Montano.
"I came back because I wanted a chance to do anything to help prove to everybody that Pioneer Valley has a really strong distance team. Sometimes it doesn't really feel like I'm racing against the other girls because a lot of us know each other and it's like we're family."
Booker was coming into her first city meet off a successful youth track sprinting stint. She said she was "a little nervous," about the city meet. The nerves didn't show.
She won the open 100 in 12.55 and the open 400 in 1:03.44.
"The 100 is my strongest race," Booker said. "My start was good. I was happy with it."
After her solid first leg in the 4x100 relay, Labastida won the pole vault at 7 feet, 6 inches and the long jump at 15-0 3/4.
Cabanting followed up her strong anchor leg in the 4x1 relay with a win in 52.89 in the 300 hurdles. Teammate Kameah Tell won the 100 hurdles in 17.64.
St. Joseph's Katie Magni (2:31.49) and Corby Burress (31-7.25) won the girls 800 and triple jump, respectively.
Pioneer Valley, with a big anchor leg by Breanna Arias, won the girls 4x400 relay. The other three runners were Hannah Lacaste, Jasmine Magana and Laurie Geronimo. The time for the quartet was unavailable.
Results for the girls 200, high jump, shot put and discus were not available at press time.
Besides the wins by Domingues, the St. Joseph boys got a win by Darien Langley (11.37) in the 100.
Avi Patel (110 high hurdles, 13.62), David Conaoble (400, 54.23) and Max Daniels (long jump, 20-4.50) all won for Orcutt Academy.
At press time, Righetti boys winners included the 4x1 relay team of Isaiah Gayfield, Fabricio De La Cruz, Gavin Gayfield and Elijah Sheffield (46.75), Juan Pablo-Marquez in the pole vault (7-0) and Ivan Perkins in the high jump (5-6).
Orcutt Academy originally won the race, but the Spartans were disqualified after one of their runners fell into another lane on the backstretch.
Vincent Oliver (long jump, 39-6.50), and the 4x400 relay team of Julian Mares, Brandon Ibarra, Jason Garcia and Letarian Brandon won for Pioneer Valley. Garcia and Brandon, the last two runners, gave the Panthers a big boost on their respective legs.
The foursome's time was not available at press time, nor were results for the boys 300 hurdles, 200, shot put and discus.