Santa Ynez senior Emily Donahue was second in a personal best 18:30 at the Los Padres League Mid-Season Meet on Wedneday.

The Santa Maria boys won the boys race at the event held at River Park in Lompoc. The Saints won with a dominating performance. Santa Maria's boys, led by Cesar Ayuso's third-place finish, placed four runners in the top 10 and all five of its scoring runners in the top 13, easily going 7-0 in the dual meet scoring. 

Individual winner Audrey McClish led the Morro Bay girls to a 7-0 day. McClish won in 18 minutes, 18 seconds over the three-mile course.

The Santa Ynez girls finished second at 6-1 and the Orcutt Academy girls, who went to the CIF Division 5 State Meet last year, were a solid third at 5-2. Templeton finished fourth at 4-3.

Afterward, Donahue said, "I was really happy with the result, that I got a PR."

Kiely West of Santa Ynez finished third in the varsity girls race. Orcutt Academy teammates Mackenzie Webb and Talia Mata finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Devin Diaz and Joe Gocke went 1-2 for Nipomo. Diaz won in 16:05 with Gocke two ticks behind, in 16:07.

Diaz, Gocke and Ayuso were almost in lock step together going into the third mile. "I pulled away in the last half mile," said Diaz.

Jacob Brown led the Cabrillo boys with a seventh-place finish. Shane Silva (ninth place) led Santa Ynez and Lorenzo Papworth (11th) led Orcutt Academy.

Elena Estrada (ninth place) led the Cabrillo girls. Gracie Aviles (13th) was the top Nipomo girls runner. Nicole Cruz, in 22nd, was the first Santa Maria girl to finish. Haley Calderon, in 24th, led Lompoc.

The league finals will take place Nov. 1 at Morro Bay. Teams will earn two points for every team they beat. The meet will follow an invitational meet scoring format.

Boys water polo

Santa Ynez 18, Nipomo 5

Santa Ynez has got the big pictures things figured out. Now, at 15-4 on the season, the Pirates are focused on fine-tuning things.

It didn’t look like they needed a tune-up Wednesday as they cruised past Nipomo on Oct. 4. 

Keller Haws led Santa Ynez with six goals and Henry Allen added four.

Hawes also had five assists and two steals. Nolan Morrison added three goals and Jacob Thielst had two goals, three assists and four steals. Clayton Davidson’s two goals and Joe Hemming’s one score rounded out the scoring for Santa Ynez.

Tristan Durbiano and Greg Clark each made two saves for Santa Ynez, which is now 3-0 in the LPL.

“We’re just working on being consistent right now,” Santa Ynez coach Jake Kalkowski said. “We’re doing a lot of good things in there, we’re focused on forming good habits going into the postseason.”


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