The San Luis Obispo and Nipomo girls cross country teams captured titles at the CIF Central Section Championships Thursday afternoon at Woodward Park in Clovis, CA.
Damien Gavilan, a senior at Paso Robles, finished second in a time of 15:19.62. Gavilan led the Bearcats to a sixth place team finish with a score of 155. Jonathan Munoz was the top finisher for Arroyo Grande, finishing sixth in a time of 15:50.13. The Eagles placed fourth as a team with 144 points.
Arroyo Grande freshman Taylor Jones finished fourth in a time of 18:14.37. The Eagles placed second as a team with 118 points, while first place Buchanan blew out the field with 26.
The Central Coast placed five runners inside the top ten with Santa Maria junior Yair Torres placing fifth and pacing the local runners in a time of 16:10.37. San Luis Obispo seniors Duncan Speirs and Colton Campa finished sixth and eight respectively and helped lead the Tigers to a second place finish as a team with 60 points. Santa Maria ended in fifth with 129 points, Atascadero with 188, and Pioneer Valley with 398.
San Luis Obispo edged Sanger for the team championship, 59-62. The Tigers placed two runners in the top ten, Grace Rubio in fourth and Shaylee Grimm in seventh. Paso Robles also had two top ten finishers in Charlotte Castelli, second, and Madeline Loff, sixth. The Bearcats placed third as a team with 65 points. Atascadero finished 13th with 353 points, while Pioneer Valley ended 16th with 416.
Nipomo finished fourth as a team with 198 points, just six points behind Foothill for third place. Jake Edwards was the Titans' top finisher in a time 17:34.97. Templeton placed 17th as a team with 401 points, St. Joseph was 20th with 449, and Orcutt Academy finished 21st with 465.
Righetti was the top team from the Central Coast with a 123-point fifth place finish. Senior Naylea Calderon was the Warriors' top finisher in a time of 20:12.19. Morro Bay placed seventh as team with 225 points, Santa Maria was 11th with 278, and Templeton ended 15th with 365.
Sophomore Patrick Thomas of Mission Prep paced the Central Coast in a time of 17:05.86, good enough for sixth place. The Royals took third place a team with 148 points, while Morro Bay finished 11th with 292.
With an 18-point cushion over Yosemite, Nipomo captured the championship with 18 points. Illiana Murguia led the way for the Titans with a sixth place finish in a time of 20:02.45. Orcutt Academy's Sonia Wasserman took eighth in a time of 20:11.52, while the Spartans finished sixth as a team.