Cal Poly Track Team Sprints to Finish

By Michael Zavala

The momentum picked up by the men’s and women’s track and field
teams two weeks ago at the Steve Scott Invitational served them
well last week at the California Collegiate Athletic Association
Championships.

However, that momentum was not enough to get Cal Poly an overall
victory.

The Broncos finished in fourth place on the men’s side, only
four points behind third place Cal State L.A., while Chico State
took home its fourth-straight team title.

The women finished in fifth place overall, while UC San Diego
won its third-straight CCAA Championship victory.

A total of nine Broncos either earned a spot on the All-CCAA
team or met provisional qualifying marks for the NCAA Nationals,
with three Cal Poly athletes achieving both honors. All-CCAA honors
were awarded to the top three finishers in each event.

Also, a new Bronco record was set in the pole vault by junior
Lyric Teigan, whose 12-04.00 mark bested her previous school record
of 11-6.50, set in 2006. Her effort earned her a fourth-place
finish in the event.

On the men’s side, freshman Jonathan Williams won the CCAA title
in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.69 seconds. Williams was
also solid in the 200-meter dash, finishing in fourth place with a
time of 22.03 seconds. For his efforts during the season, Williams
was named the CCAA’s Freshman of the Year.

Senior Adam Moore continued Cal Poly’s winning ways by taking
the CCAA crown in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.01
seconds. Moore’s time of 48.25 seconds also earned him a
third-place finish in the 400-meter run.

Senior Mark Batres won the 10,000-meter run with a time of
30:59.55, and he also came in second in the 3000-meter steeplechase
with a time of 9:12.94, which enabled him to meet the provisional
qualifying mark for Nationals.

The Broncos’ final victory came courtesy of the 4×100 team,
which won the CCAA title with a time of 41.02 seconds.

In the 1500-meter run, junior Gerado Rabelo finished in second
place with a time of 3:51.00, which enabled him to meet the
provisional qualifying mark in that event for Nationals.

Senior Isaac Perez’s finishing time of 9:23.03 in the 3000-meter
steeplechase earned him a provisional qualifying mark for
Nationals, as well, and a fourth-place finish in the event.

On the women’s side, senior Christina Jimenez and junior
Adrienne Schumm both met provisional qualifying marks for Nationals
in the 10,000-meter run. Jimenez finished in third place with a
time of 37:00.50, and Schumm finished in sixth place with a time of
37:52.90.

In the 3000-meter steeplechase, freshman Emma Hartel’s third-
place finish of 11:18.88 earned her a provisional qualifying mark
for Nationals in the event.

The Broncos return to the track Saturday at the Occidental
Relays.

Michael Zavala can be reached by e-mail at
sports@thepolypost.com or by phone at (909) 869-4630.

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