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Nov 26, 2012 8:34 PM by Andrew Masuda

Lompoc's Hayes, St. Joseph's Rigali named Roundtable's Athletes of the Week

After a two-week break, the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Roundtable reconvened in Orcutt on Monday afternoon.

St. Joseph cross country runner Beth Rigali was named female athlete of the week. The junior finished the 5 kilometer course in 19:32, which was good enough for 16th out of 140 runners at the CIF State Cross County Championship on Saturday in Fresno. She helped the Knights finish 15th in Division V. "There were a lot of people there. There was a lot of excitement and I think our team did well under pressure. It was definitely a fast race," said Rigali moments after winning the award.

Lompoc High's Nikko Hayes earned male athlete of the week honors. He rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the Braves' 34-21 semifinal loss to Serra last Friday.

Hayes said he was still proud of his team's 32 game winning streak that ended in the semis. "It was so great, just week after week putting in hard work. We just prepared for every team the same and we just never took anything for granted and kept working hard," said Hayes. "It was just too many mistakes to recover from," added Hayes about the team's loss to Serra last Friday.

Hayes finished the season with a team-best 1,081 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. He averaged 10.9 yards per carry for the 12-1 Braves.

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