Cabrillo High School senior Haighley Batty has a personal best of 18 feet, 11 inches in the long jump. She looked disgusted after a first jump of 16-0 at the Santa Barbara County Championships Saturday.
She was much happier after a second jump of 18-4 1/4 at Carpinteria High School that broke the girls long jump meet record by a quarter inch. The last two of her four jumps were both over 18-0, but the 18 4/14 stood as her best.
"It wasn't as far as I would have liked to have gone, but I'm happy with the consistency of the three jumps over 18 feet," Batty said.
"I'm very happy with the win, and I'm very happy with getting the meet record. Going in, I wasn't expecting to break ANY records. My quads are feeling a lot better than they have been, but they're not 100 percent. And I'm a little tired from all the training."
Batty also won the girls high jump at 5-4, which equaled her season best.
Her wins were two of several for Lompoc Valley competitors Saturday. The Lompoc boys 4x100 relay team scored an upset win in 43.28 seconds in the first boys varsity event of the day.
"That's our best time of the season," said anchor runner Shemar Savage. Dallas Canley, Anthony Manahan and Zion Harris teamed with Savage for the win.
"We ran the race the way we ran in practice," said Savage. "Our handoffs were good. We really worked on the relays this week. We had a good week."
San Marcos teams ran away with the varsity team titles. The Royals won the girls meet with 185 points. Cabrillo was the runner-up with 78. Dos Pueblos and Lompoc, each with 46, tied for third.
The Royals won the boys meet with 133 points. Lompoc (83 points) and St. Joseph (71) rounded out the top three.
Manahan won the open 400 in 49.37, and closed fast late to win the 200 in 22.54 later in the day.
"That was the first time I've gone under 50 in the 400," Manahan said after he won that race.
"Really, the biggest key for me was the breathing. You have to hold back a little down the backstretch so that when you hit the top of that last 100, you have something left."
Savage, who starred for the Lompoc football team, won the boys 100 in 11.16. "This was my first meet back," he said. "I've been out three weeks with an injured shoulder."
Chavon Garrett of Lompoc (111-2, girls discus) and Kimberly Deming of Cabrillo (10-6, girls pole vault) were the other Lompoc Valley winners.
Batty followed up her long jump-high jump double at the Mt. SAC Relays at Mount San Antonio College last weekend with a double in those same events Saturday.
Meanwhile, Santa Ynez junior Sarah Perkins won the girls shot put at 39-4 1/4 two weeks after competing at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in that event and earning a medal.
Her career best is 39-9 1/2. "I'm disappointed I fell under my personal best today, but I'm recovering from a wrist injury so I'm happy with the win," said Perkins.
"I just want to hit that 40 (feet)."
St. Joseph sophomore Joseph Domingues was the lone Santa Maria Valley county meet champion. He won the boys 800 in 1:58.67. Domingues had a big lead after he came through the first lap in 57.2, and he stayed in command.
"I'm pretty happy with the win," said Domingues. "I"m not 100 percent. I'm a little tired from the training.
"I just need to finish a little stronger. My personal best is the 1:58.1 I ran at the Russell Cup here last week."
Gulio Giordani of Santa Ynez was the other North County winner. He won the boys pole vault at 13-0.
The girls long jump mark was one of three girls meet records to fall. Allie Jones of San Marcos set a new girls 100 hurdles meet record with a win in 14.08. Teammate Erica Schroeder broke the meet record she set in the 800 in 2016 with a 2:13.45 Saturday.
"I'm confident in my training," she said. "I want to get to that 2:10 barrier and with my training, I think I can do it."
Schroeder was the 2015 girls 800 state champion.
The top four finishers in each event medaled. For a complete list of team scores, individual winners and North County medalists, please see the Scorecard page.
Hancock's Kwong breaks record
Hancock's Dria Kwong smashed her conference record by nearly four seconds and won two more titles, while sophomore Maddie Diaz won her second crown in as many days to help the Bulldogs finish a program-best third overall in the team standings at the Western State Conference Championships on Saturday at the Paul Nelson Aquatic Center.
Hancock entered the final day of the three-day meet in fourth place, eight points behind third-place Cuesta and 47 behind Ventura. After Saturday’s events, Hancock finished in third with 474 points, 15 points more than fourth-place Cuesta. Santa Barbara defended its conference title with 635 points. Ventura finished second with 537 points. A total of 10 women’s programs competed at the meet.
Kwong defended her title in the women’s 200-yard backstroke. She broke the conference record she set last season of 2:14.07 by finishing first this year in 2:10.91. The Orcutt Academy graduate won by nearly two seconds. Later in the day, Kwong successfully defended her 2016 title in the 200-yard butterfly event. She won the final by nearly five seconds with a time of 2:18.26. Kwong finished the weekend with three individual conference titles, matching her total from last season. The sophomore tied the program record set by Leanna Bramble in 2014-15 for most career individual conference titles with six.
Diaz won the 1,650-yard freestyle title with a season-best time of 18:41.47. She entered the final as the number-two seed, but won with a 10-second margin. The Pioneer Valley High School graduate won the 400-yard individual medley title on Friday. Hancock freshman Meagan Stevens finished third in the 1,650 final with a time of 19:38.23. Shannon Copeland placed ninth with a time of 20:59.42.
Freshman Ellyn Clardy finished eighth in the 100-yard freestyle final with a time of 30.48 seconds. During the weekend, she also finished sixth in the 200-free final and ninth in the 50-free final.
Sophomore Rebecca Gonzalez earned her second runner-up finish of the weekend with a second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke final. The Nipomo High School graduate came in at 2:29.24, second only to Cuesta’s Lauren Davis, who broke the conference record with a time of 2:21.28.
Makena Blanco also finished eighth in the 200-butterfly final with a time of 2:44.72. She finished eighth also in the 100-fly final.
Clardy, Diaz, Stevens, and Kwong ended the meet by teaming up for a fourth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Their time of 3:51.27 broke the school record by nearly four seconds.
Hancock finished the weekend with five individual conference titles, three runner-up finishes, three third-place finishes, and four fourth-place finishes.
The next step for the Bulldogs will be the CCCAA State Swimming and Diving Championships from May 4-6 at East L.A. College.
Clovis West Invitational
CLOVIS — Arroyo Grande girls finished sixth out of 42 teams at this meet, the largest high school invitational in California.
Here are Arroyo Grande's results:
200 medley relay team (Sam Hazel, Sarah Kasper, Sara Stipanov and Hannah Parson) second place, 1 minute, 43.04 seconds, a consideration time for the CIF Southern Section Preliminaries. Hazel, second, 1:01.66, 100 backstroke.
200 medley relay team (Emily Berg, Sarah Kasper, Hannah Parson, Taylor York) seventh, 1:56.87. 400 freestyle relay team (Stipanov, Berg, York, Hazel) seventh, 3:50.25.
200 freestyle: Parson, seventh, 2:00.59, Stipanov, 13th, 2:04.59. 200 Individual Medley: Hazel, sixth in a personal best 2:16.25; 50 freestyle: Kasper, 14th in a personal best 26.39; 100 butterfly: Olivia Sommer, 17th, 1:07.82.