May 3, 2013 2:26 AM by Andrew Masuda
The Tigers and Eagles Pac 7 dominance in track and field changed hands on Thursday at the Pac 7 League Finals in Atascadero. The Arroyo Grande girls won the outright team title to snap San Luis Obispo's streak of six straight titles. But the Tiger boys returned the favor by capturing the outright league title to snap the Eagles' four year reign at the top.
The Tiger boys racked up 146 points, while Paso Robles finished second with 94 points and Arroyo Grande finished third with 84. Atascadero came in fourth, Pioneer Valley finished fifth, Righetti came in sixth and St. Joseph finished seventh. By virtue of the regular season dual meets, Paso Robles and AG finished tied for second place behind the Tigers.
San Luis Obispo received victories from sophomore William Ernst in the mile (4:23.80), and Duke bound Connor Hall, who won the 300 meter hurdles (39.2 seconds) and his second-straight pole vault crown(15-6). AG High's Joey Reeves also cleared 15-6, but missed out on the title because of attempts. Chris Toh defended his triple jump crown with a top leap of 41-5.75. Cal Poly bound Jack Ferguson also won the shot put by three feet with a top distance of 50 feet, 4.75 inches.
St. Joseph's Eli Malfo broke a two year old meet record in the 800 with a time of 1:55.97 by nearly one second. He edged AG's Blake Maule by .25 of a second to the finish. Pioneer Valley High's Brent Dionisio broke the high jump mark by clearing 6 feet, 8 inches. Since he does not have a jumps coach at PV, the junior teaches himself how to jump by watching Youtube clips on the internet. Arroyo Grande High's Elijah Holt smashed the meet mark by half a second in the 110 meter hurdles with a blazing time of 14.2 seconds.
Roddrick Pullen of Pioneer Valley won the long jump with top jump of 21-10.25. Atascadero High's Robert Hixson doubled by taking the 200 (22.57) and the 400 (49.39). Righetti's Eric Grant won the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.95 just edging SLO High's Nate Greenelsh by .02 of a second. Paso Robles received wins from Matthew Kwiatkowski in the 3,200 (9:37.09) and Ben Nagengast in the discus throw (156 feet, 10 inches).
The Arroyo Grande girls beat SLO 204-163 in the league final. Atascadero finished in third with 69 points followed by Paso Robles, St. Joseph and Pioneer Valley.
Arroyo Grande's Jade Fuller broke a 5 year old meet record in the 800 with a time of 2:16.71. Other victories for the Eagles were from Anna Zhang in the pole vault with a top mark of 10 feet and Elizabeth Heyde in the mile (5:03.33). Heyde missed out on the league record by .39 of a second. Kentucky-bound Madison Jacobs defended her throwing titles. The AG senior won the shot put by ten feet with a personal-best mark of 45 feet, 8 inches. She also won the discus throw by 28 feet with a top mark of 148-10.
The Tiger girls received wins from Kelsey Harper in the 100 hurdles (15.44), Ariel Becker in the long jump (18-3) and Alexandria Dalley in the triple jump (35-5.5)
Junior Samantha Anderson of Paso Robles doubled in the 100 and 200. She missed out on the record by .02 of a second with a time of 12.28 and took the title in the 200 with time of 25.54 seconds. Ashley Davis of Paso Robles also won the 2 mile event in 11:22.67.
Atascadero's Angelica Cusworth took the title in the 300 hurdles (45.45) and the 400 meter dash (57.98)
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