There is strength is numbers.
Unfortunately for the Righetti Warriors, their numbers didn’t add up.
The Warriors boys and girls both finished third in a PAC 8 League three-team track meet they hosted Wednesday afternoon against the Paso Robles Bearcats and San Luis Obispo Tigers High Schools.
The Tigers and Bearcats had both strength and numbers.
San Luis Obispo brought 200 boys and girls in both varsity and junior varsity to the competition.
Paso Robles’ combined team numbered better than 150.
The host Warriors could only field 85 in the varsity and JV squads.
Paso Robles won the boys’ varsity competition with 111 points. San Luis Obispo finished second with 47 points and Righetti finished third with 11 points.
On the girls’ side, San Luis Obispo ran away from the competition, finishing with 121 points. Paso Robles was second with 32 and Righetti third with 16.
“They are both very healthy programs,” said Righetti head coach John Hollinshead. “And we had several key athletes who missed today’s meet because they were on a field trip to the Holocaust Museum.”
Even shorthanded, there were several Righetti standouts.
Junior Kameah Tell won the girls 100 meter hurdles in 17.79 seconds, finishing ahead of SLO’s Jazlyn Gabriele (18.97) and Isabella Andreatta (18.99).
“It was a good race, actually,” said Tell, who was battling a cold. “I got first in our first two meets so the season is off to a good start. You just have to find your rhythm. It takes a lot of practice. It’s taken me five years to get this good.”
Freshman Rayann Booker won the girls 400-meter race in 1 minute, 1.29 seconds, beating San Luis Obispo’s Lillian Svetich (1:03.49) and Paso Robles’ Aniah Weeks (1:06.49).
“I got out super fast. I have a little injury to my tailbone and it started hurting but I pulled through to the finish line,” said Booker. “I’m pretty happy with the outcome. My time was better than I thought it would be.”
“We have some strong girls sprinters and hurdlers and some jumpers, too,” said Hollinshead. “Our girls 4x100 in strong, too, but they are not here today because of the field trip.”
Another freshman, Tatianae Felemi, finished fourth in the girls shot put with a throw of 31 feet, 7.5 inches.
“My personal best is 36 feet but that was in junior high. I skipped last year so I’m working the rust out and getting into shape for the varsity season,” said Felemi. “I’ve kept improving since I came back. This is really exciting going against juniors and seniors. It makes me work harder.”
Paso Robles’ Kimberly Buchanan won the girls’ shot with a throw of 35-1.5. SLO throwers Ashleigh Cindrich (34-9) and Svetich (32-7.5) finished second and third, respectively.
The Warriors’ Cristiana Flores finished third the in girls’ 3,200 in 13:38.88. SLO’s Emma Manderino raced to a big early lead and never looked back, stretching her lead on the field in each of the eight laps to win the 3,200 in 12:32.65.
SLO’s Alex Southern won the boys 3,200 in 10:41.26.
Righetti’s Olivia Patterson took third in the 300 hurdles in 52.51 behind SLO’s Kylie Haidet (51.23) And Chloe Carlson (52.01).
On the boys side, Avery Fondern won the high jump at 5-feet-4, edging two Paso Robles jumpers, Cade England and Noah Jauregui.
Fondern finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18-7.5. Paso Robles’ Connor Lacy won the event with a jump of 20-10.
The Warriors’ Isaiah Gayfield finished second in the 100-meter race with a time of 11.69 seconds. Paso’s Jordan Summers (11.44) won that race.
Paso’s Ian Grace won the boys’ 110 hurdles (18.65).
Paso’s Brendan Farnsworth crashed out of the race, knocking down the ninth hurdle before crashing into and over the 10th. Farnsworth wasn’t injured in the day’s only mishap.
Paso Robles Pablo Cortes won the 1,600 in 4:31.26, Righetti’s Jesus Garcia (4:51.91) finished sixth.
SLO’s Samantha Simard won the girls 1,600 in 5:35.28.
Paso’s Corban Payne won the boys’ shot put with a throw of 44-feet-2.
Righetti’s Jan Gutierrez finished fifth and Jake MacKinnon finished ninth.
Payne also won the discus with a throw of 138-5. Guttierez (110-10) and MacKinnon (110-2) finished fifth and sixth.
SLO’s Caius Cowgill won the boys’ 400 in 52.20. Righetti’s Juan Pablo Marquez (58.80) and Nathan Telles (1:04.40) finished sixth and seventh.
Marquez later finished fifth in the boys’ pole vault with a jump of 7 feet.
Clay Wilshusen won the event with a jump of 10 feet.
SLO’s Nicole Liddicoat won the girls’ pole vault, also with a jump of 10 feet.
SLO’s Katerina Grondin (13.50) won the girls’ 100.
SLO’s Nicole Lauritzen (86-6) won the girls discus.
SLO’s Annalise Smelser (2:28.18) won the girls’ 800.
SLO’s Anneke Moersdorf (17-5) won the girls long jump and SLO’s Ashley Cindrich ((87-8.5) won the girls discus.
Moersdorf later won the girls’ 200 in 28.05 and the high jump with a jump of 5-6.25.
Paso Robles’ Brandon Farnsworth won the boys’ 300 hurdles in 42.40 with Righetti’s Kijon Matthews (48.40) finishing fifth.
Paso’s Jordan Summers won the boys’ 200 in a time of 23.32.
SLO’s Sophia Maino won the triple jump with a leap of 31-10.
In the relays, San Luis Obispo (44.85) won the boys’ 4x100 with Righetti (46.26) second.
SLO also won the girls’ 4x100 (52.61) with Paso Robles second (55.49). Righetti did not field a team in that event.
SLO also won the girls 4x400 relay in a time of 4:13.42 but Paso Robles prevented a relay sweep by taking the boys’ 4x400 in a time of 3:36.95.
“The kids are working hard every day at practice,” said Hollinshead. “It’s a progression. We want to see them getting better each week and that will line them up for success at the end of the season.”
“It was a good early season meet for us,” said SLO assistant coach Adam Basch. “At this time of the year, the meets are all about getting used to the atmosphere of track meets, getting used to the routine. We try to set some marks we can shoot for the rest of the season. Righetti is a good host. It’s great to run on their purple track.”