SB County Championships: Zerrenner puts name on two county records

Andrew Thayer wins the 100 meter sprint for the county title at Carpinteria High on Saturday.

Dos Pueblos distance runner Addi Zerrenner headlined the Santa Barbara County Track & Field Championships on Saturday by setting two meet records at Carpinteria Valley Memorial Stadium.

Zerrenner shattered the record in the 3200 meter by 11 seconds with a new standard of 10:44.18. Santa Barbara High Jamie Park set the old record in 1989.

In the 1600, Zerrenner shaved five seconds off the previous mark set by Santa Barbara High’s Anne Kennedy in 2004. The new record is 5:05.78.


Like Zerrenner, teammate Bryan Fernandez stood out in the distance events with very strong leads to first place finishes in both the mile and two mile.

Addi Zerrenner makes her final push to the finish line at the end of her record-breaking race in the 3200 meters.

“Addi really exceeded my expectations because it’s hard to run a personal record and beat records when there’s nothing to run against,” said Dos Pueblos distance coach Len Miller.

Miller said he was proud of Fernandez as well for winning the 1600 in 4:27.16 and the 3200 in 9:40.33.

Dos Pueblos held onto the championship titles from last year for boys Varsity and girls F/S, as did the Royals girls Varsity.

The final score for the winning varsity teams had Dos Pueblos boys at 102.5 and San Marcos girls at 117.

The Royals boys F/S team also held the championship title this year, ending the Chargers’ boys F/S five-year winning streak.

Bishop Diego’s Nicole Poindexter is a county champion in three events: long jump, 100 meters, 200 meters. She won the long jump by 11 inches and held off 400 winner Kaylin Koopmans in the 200 by half a second.

Koopmans set a personal record in the 400 victory with a time of 58.61 and ran on the Royals’ winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.

Davey McBride also brought in a 400-meter win for the Royals. McBride pushed himself to a personal record 50.97 passing second place finisher Joshua Yaro, from Cate School, on the curve before the home straight.

McBride also raced in the 110 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles, but it was Nikko Hayes from Lompoc who dominated. Hayes won both events with a time of 15.62 seconds for the 110s and 40.58 seconds for the 300s.

For the open events, the boys 100 meter win went to Andrew Thayer of San Marcos with a time of 11.18. After his race Thayer said, “I felt a little tight.” He was still happy with his race despite being two tenths of a second off his personal best.

Christina Khalil and Caroline Vance were also happy with their performances in the triple jump as they swooped first and second for the Royals.

Another achievement that stood out at the meet was by Joe Strong from Dos Pueblos. He took first in the boys pole vault with a personal record jump of 14 feet. His third attempt at 14 feet 6 inches was very close as well.

The meet ended interestingly with the Royals wining three out of the four 4×400 relays. With Boys Varsity as the last relay on the track Dos Pueblos fourth leg runner battled it out with San Marcos’ fourth leg to steal the win on the final straight into the finish.

The Royals 4×400 meter Girls Frosh/Soph relay set a meet record, but of the records broken Stamatia Scarvelis of Dos Pueblos really set precedent.

Capable of winning at the varsity level, she set records in the F/S discus and shot. Her shot put throw went 44 feet, 11 inches.

Scarvelis’ older brother Nick holds the F/S and varsity County Meet records in the shot put and discus.


  1. Thanks for giving the Frosh/Soph some of their due.  I have always been baffled when freshman and sophomores at County Champs would far outperform the juniors/seniors and get no mention in the press. For point-scoring reasons many of the best athletes are asked to compete in F/S.  Sure those freshman/sophomores will likely get ample attention in the future (and print and press time is limited), but track and field is about best times and distances and the best performances deserve mention. 

    • I too wish that Frosh/Soph would get some mention in the press.  Elaine McClure won first in the 1600 and 3200 and not one word was said about it.