Track team racks up personal bests

By Erik Carr

The Cal Poly track and field team competed at the Bryan Clay
Invitational last Friday at Azusa Pacific University, and came away
with some great performances.

“[It is] a good technical meet,” said Head Coach Troy Johnson.
“We’re working towards our goal.”

While the Broncos compete against their best competition in
every meet, this meet was distinguished by the fact that it
featured Olympic medalists from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic
Games.

In the men’s 200-meter race, senior Jonathan Williams ran
against Bryan Clay, who won a gold medal in the decathlon at the
2008 Olympics.

Williams placed third, finishing with a time of 21.34 seconds,
which matched his personal best. In addition to this feat, Williams
beat Clay, who finished fourth with a time 21.48.

“It happens,” said Williams modestly, in reference to beating
Clay. “It happens to the best of us.”

Williams also placed fifth in his heat of the 100, and sixth
overall, with a time of 10.76.

On the women’s side, senior Tokunbo Adeniji had a fourth place
finish, running a 55.73 in the 400.

In her race, Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain ran a 52.30 to
win the race. Ohuruogu won the gold medal in the Beijing
Olympics.

Junior Carter Griffin won the 400 with a time of 47.54, which is
a personal best. The time also made him eligible for NCAA Division
II Provisionals.

Elsewhere on the track, the men continued to have solid results.
Junior Jose Marquez had a personal best in the 1500 with a time of
4:00.56.

In his heat of the 200, senior Connor Duckworth won with a time
of 23.77.

“I started the race much better than I had [in the past],” said
Duckworth. “I was able to hold on thanks to the good start.”

Jake Deavers won the second heat of the men’s 110 with a time of
14.88.

Right behind him in sixth was Michael Hernandez, who ran a
15.71. Each race was the seventh and 14th best overall,
respectively.

The women’s side of track had its share of personal bests.
Senior Allison Brewer ran a personal best of 16.57 in the 110
hurdles.

“We want to be improving at this time in the season,” said
Brewer. “[The personal record] just makes me happy.”

Junior Julia Manzo ran a 17.91 in the 110 hurdles, and senior
Haley Orr ran a 1:05.72 in the 400. Both of the times were personal
bests.

In the women’s 200, freshman Ariel Whitney ran a personal best
of 26.11. Freshman Elizabeth Regan, Orr, and Manzo also ran new
personal bests with times of 27.99, 29.12, and 29.58,
respectively.

Near the end of the day, the women’s 4 x 400 relay team ran a
3:51.17, its fastest time yet. The team consisted of sophomore Kyle
Wolff, Whitney, Adeniji, and freshman Brooke Gamble.

In addition to their times, the Broncos also posted remarkable
measurements in the field.

Senior Megan Emami leaped 35-6 1/2 in the triple jump, which was
the fourth-best jump at the meet.

For the men, freshman Shane Cioni threw 136-09 in the discus
throw, which was good enough to win his heat.

Freshman James Cox placed fourth in his heat, throwing a
distance of 133-05. Overall, Cioni finished 13th and Cox finished
14th.

After a four-week absence, senior Mariano Baez was healthy to
compete and ran a 1:59.84 in the men’s 800, placing seventh.

“It went well,” said Baez. “Coach just said to concentrate and
do the best I could.”

Baez had another seventh place finish in the 1500, in which he
ran a time of 4:05.14.This Saturday, the track and field team goes
west to Los Angeles where it will compete in the Tommy “Tiny”
Lister Classic at the Jesse Owens Track of Cal State Los
Angeles.

Reach Erik Carr at: sports@thepolypost.com

Track team racks up personal bests

Jonny Tai/Poly Post

Track team racks up personal bests

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