Luis Mesino Helps San Marcos End Skid; Tiffany Costello Sets Course Record in Debut

Luis Mesino was all over the field for the San Marcos football team, helping the program win a game for the first time in two years.

Tiffany Costello made an auspicious debut for the SBCC cross country debut program, setting a course record and winning the season-opening meet.

Tiffany Costello, SBCC cross country.

Luis Mesino, San Marcos football.

For their stellar performances, Mesino and Costello have been voted the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athletes of the Week by the local sports media.

Because of Labor Day, there was no SBART press luncheon on Monday.  Mesino and Costello will be presented their awards at the next luncheon on Sept. 11at Harry’s Plaza Cafe.

Mesino played a huge role in San Marcos beating Morro Bay, 35-19, to snap a 17-game losing streak last Friday night. He caught two touchdown passes, including a 71-yard bomb; returned a kickoff 85 yards for a second (his second kickoff return for a TD in two games) and intercepted a pass. He also made a one-handed catch on a 45-yard pass that set up his first touchdown.

Costello won the Moorpark Challenge in her first college country race. Running in hot weather conditions, she finished the 5k in a course record of 19 minutes, 46 seconds.

She ran the 10,000 meters in track last season and finished as the runner-up in the Western State Conference, Southern California Championships and the State Championships.

The athletes that were considered for the Athlete of Week awards include Frankie Gamberdella (Santa Barbara High football), Natani Drati (Santa Barbara High football), Michael Elbert (Dos Pueblos football) and Mikala Triplett (Dos Pueblos tennis).

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