A basketball hero helped the Nipomo girls track and field team to two wins Thursday.
Football heroes helped the Lompoc boys track and field team to two wins that day.
Kylie Mendez was a standout guard who helped the Nipomo girls basketball team make the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA Playoffs. Thursday, she helped the Titans beat Lompoc and Santa Maria in a Los Padres League double dual meet at Santa Maria High School.
Anthony Manahan, Dallas Canley and Shamar Savage all helped the Lompoc football team to another Los Padres League championship. They helped the Braves defeat Nipomo and Santa Maria Thursday.
Lompoc's Elijah Evans won the 110-meter hurdles in 16.11 seconds.
Nipomo's girls defeated Lompoc 67-54 and Santa Maria 87-34. Lompoc's girls beat Santa Maria 70-46.
Lompoc's boys beat Nipomo 75-54 and Santa Maria 92-38. Nipomo's boys defeated Santa Maria 74-50.
"Track is a good second sport for me," Mendez said after she won the open 100 meters in 13.63 seconds. "It helps me get in shape for summer basketball."
Earlier this winter, the Nipomo senior signed to play basketball for San Diego Christian College.
Mendez anchored Nipomo's 4x100 relay team to a win in 51.96. Kim Knollenberg, Mackenzie Bland and Olivia Labastida teamed with Mendez.
Manahan won the boys open 400 in 50.93. Canley took the boys open 100 in 11.95. Savage won the 200 in 23.47. Manahan ran the second leg for the winning 4,x400 relay team.
Manahan teamed with Prince Enwerem, Noah Bowman and Zion Harris. The quartet's time was 3:40.26
Mendez has been on a qualifying 4x100 relay team for the CIF Southern Section divisional preliminaries each of the last three years. She qualified for the prelims in the open 100 her freshman year.
"I"m hoping to qualify in the 100 this year," she said. "My times are the fastest they've been for this time in the season."
Labastida won both girls hurdles races. She ran 49.65 in the 300 hurdles in her second time ever running the race.
"I ran 52 seconds the first time," she said. "I said to myself 'this time, you're running 51 seconds. You can do it.'" In fact, she ran considerably faster.
Nancy Juarez racked up a distance triple. Running alone most of the way in all three girls distance races, the Santa Maria senior won the 1,600 in 5:28.2, the 800 in 2:37.86 and the 3,200 in 12:12
""That was a personal best for me at this time of the year," Juarez said after her 1,600 race. She later won going away in the 800 and the 3,200.
In a duel between two of the better distance runners in the area, Nipomo senior Garrett Morgan beat Lompoc senior Isaac Acosta in the boys 1,600 and 3,200. Acosta finished second in both races.
Morgan made a big move on Acosta on the backstretch in the 1,600 and won in 4:34.42. He has qualified for the sectional finals in the 800 in the past, and his 800 speed paid off on the last lap.
"I actually like running the 1,600 best," he said. Morgan held off Acosta to win in the 3,200 to win in 10:13 flat. Acosta finished second in 10:14.82.
Bland won the girls open 400 in 1:01.94 and 200 in 28.33. Lauren Iliff was another Nipomo girls winner. She took the high jump at 4-8.
Some Lompoc boys winners included Harris in the triple jump (40 feet even), Alex Campfield in the high jump (5-3) and Danny Ekstrom in the long jump (19-3).