May 10, 2013 5:31 PM by Andrew Masuda
A handful of Central Coast athletes are title contenders going into this weekend's Pac-12 Conference Track and Field Championships in Los Angeles.
Lompoc High graduate Chelsea Cassulo is a senior hammer thrower at Arizona State, who actually just graduated this week. The former Hancock College athlete ranks #1 in the nation this season and 8th all-time in NCAA history with a top throw of 229 feet. She owns the Arizona State school record and earned indoor all-America honors with a fourth place finish.
The women's hammer throw is at 10 am on Saturday at Cal State Los Angeles.
The remaining events on Saturday and Sunday are at USC.
San Luis Obispo High graduate A.B. Torres competes in several individual events. The Colorado redshirt freshman is coming off a third place finish last weekend in the women's heptathlon. Torres tells KSBY she will compete in the long jump, the shot put and 100 meter hurdles. Torres ranks 7th in the Pac-12 this season in the long jump with a top mark of 20 feet, 2.25 inches. She also ranks 22nd in the shot put.
Mission Prep graduate Jordan Hasay will run in two events this weekend. The Oregon senior will compete in the 1,500 and 5,000 meter runs. Hasay is a two-time conference champ in the 1,500 and won the 5K crown in 2011. The Oregon women are the four-time defending conference champions. The finals for both of her events are on Sunday with the preliminary round for the 1,500 on Saturday.
Mission Prep graduate and UCLA sophomore Annie Mooney may also compete in the 5K. Her top time of 16:49.94 ranks 22nd in the Pac-12. Hasay ranks #2 in the 5K at 14:50.30.
St. Joseph High graduate Natasha Kolbo and San Luis Obispo High grad Elena Clarke will compete in the women's pole vault event. Both women compete for UCLA. Koblo ranks third in the Pac-12 this season with a top height of 13-6.25. Clarke ranks 22nd at 12-4.
KSBY Sports will be at the championships this weekend to provide as much coverage of the local athletes as possible.
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