ATASCADERO — The Memorial Meet, which is hosted by Atascadero High School, has long been one of the premier track meets on the Central Coast. Athletes from as far south as Santa Barbara County, as far north as Salinas, and every school in between show up for to compete for county wide bragging rights early in the spring season.
Every year the Memorial Meet serves as a humbling realization for some athletes that aren’t quite in optimum shape and gives a boost of confidence to others. Often the meet shapes the rivalries that will take place for the remainder of the season.
These athletes will all continue to compete against one another throughout the season, but this is likely the last time they will all be in once place before League Finals. According to the official results posted on Athletic.net, the Paso Robles High School boys and girls track teams dominated on Saturday, March 11, both leaving victorious, with many personal records set along the way.
Jacob Franklin was one of the standouts of the meet, winning both the shot-put and the discus for PRHS. Jacob threw the discus 147 feet, more than 9 feet further than Mathew O’Henley, the second-place finisher from Nipomo. After winning the discus, Jacob headed over to the shotput and launched the 12 lbs. cannon ball 49:10.50, taking home another first place finish for the Bearcats.
Cade England also had a terrific day jumping for the Bearcats. England finished first in the triple jump with a mark of 41:02.00, and finished second in the high jump reaching 5:08, just barely coming in second to Ivan Perkins of Righetti.
While the men’s team was busy in the field, the Lady Bearcats were on the track showing their speed and depth. No place was their depth more apparent than in their relay teams. The Lady Bearcats came out and really made a statement on Saturday. PRHS won the 4x400 meter relay, the 4x200 meter relay, and took 3rd in the 4x100 meter relay an 4x800 meter relay.
The women’s 4x400 meter relay team put together a great race with a time of 4:10:26. Madison Wineman started the girls off, Kayla McDonald ran the second leg, Madison Mitchell the third leg, and Kiara Mabien finished off the race as the anchor. These same four girls also ran the 4x200. They ran in a different order, but with the same result, a first-place finish for the Bearcats and a time of 1:46:51.
On top of finishing first in both the 4x400 meter relay and the 4x200 meter relay, Madison Mitchell also won the 300 meter hurdles, bringing her meet total to three races and three first place finishes — a perfect day.
There were many contributors to the victory on Saturday — Javier Solis set a personal record and took home first place in the 400 meters with a time of 51:22. Trad Berti and Annie Meeder both finished first in 3200 meter and Codie Wilshusen reached the highest mark in the pole vault. The Bearcats track team looked very strong on Saturday, and looks to have a fantastic season ahead of them. PRHS will be back in competition this Friday, taking on Atascadero High School at 3 p.m.
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