Santa Barbara High swept its season-opening track and field tri-meet with Righetti and St Bonaventure on Thursday at Peabody Stadium.

The Dons girls scored 102 points to 32 for Righetti and 19 for St Bonaventure. The boys had 95 points to 56 for St. Bonaventure and 43 for Righetti. 

“It was great to open with wins at home over two good programs,” said coach Olivia Perdices. “We had some strong performances today and there’s a lot for us to keep building on as the season progresses. We had a lot of kids pick up points in new and different events.”

For the boys, Davis Flanagin took first place in Santa Barbara sweeps in the long jump at 21-0 and triple jump at 42-1.5. In the long jump,  Amir Walton was second at 18-6 and Andre Battle third at 18-3.5. Oliver Andrews was second in the triple jump at 40-1.5 and Amir Walton third at 38-1. 

Santa Barbara, which won the league cross country title in the fall,  swept the distance races. In the 800,  Drew DeLozier won at 2:01.03, followed by Blaise Snow at 2:01.72 and Xan Tassos at 2:14.31.

In the 1600, Andreas Dybdahl took first in  4:37.81, followed by Jack Garza at 4:56.11 and Bode Andrulaitis at 5:01.01. The 3200 was won by Snow in 10:46.83, with teammates Xan Tassos (10:55.86) and Bode Andrulaitis (10:56.28) coming in second and third.

Blaise Winston, who joined the team after basketball season, was a triple winner, taking the high jump at 5-9, 300 hurdles at 41.21 and anchoring the 4×400 relay team of Anthony Lopez, DeLozier and Dybdahl and (3:37.40).

“We knew our strengths were the distances and jumps and it was really satisfying to have them come through for us,” said Perdices.

The girls swept the relays, with Indiya Zubiate, Gianna Stump, Laila Goodman and Arielle Feinberg winning the 4×100 in 53.08, and Laila Goodman, London Moro, Mackenna Show and Anne Knecht winning the 4×400 in 4:32.23.

Goodman made it three wins on the day with a victory in the 400 in 1:04.27.

Stump also posted three wins with a 14-7.5 in the long jump and leading a sweep of the triple jump at 30-9. Tallulah Andrews was second at 28-0 and Ella McMillan third at 27-10.5.

Knecht picked up a second win in the 1600 at 5:42.52, while Feinberg took the 200 at 27.99.

“Relays are something our girls really put a high priority on, so it was good to get those wins,” said Perdices. “We pull kids from all areas into those relays and those girls got us points all over the track and field.”

The Dons host Carpinteria on Thursday, March 3.

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