By Erin O’Brien
Coming up on the NCAA Division II Championships, Cal Poly Pomona track and field athletes showed their strengths as the men’s and women’s teams competed in the Cal State L.A. Last Chance Meet.
Junior Tiffany Dinh said she felt confident going into Saturday’s meet, which may have helped the national qualifier contender in her race to the Championships in Pueblo Colorado.
Dinh, who earned All-American honors in cross country in fall, came in first place in the women’s 10,000-meter run.
Her performance ranks second all-time best in Bronco history.
“I knew what was at stake and I just came in ready to race with that mentality,” said Dinh.
Dinh crossed the finish line with a time of 35:45.87, which is 1.37 seconds off her personal best from March 16 at the Occidental Distance Carnival.
Dinh’s performance moves her up two spots in national rankings up to number 17.
“I think I’m in pretty good contention going into nationals . . . so we’re just waiting it out,” said Dinh.
Entries into the Championships were announced on Monday night on DirectAthetics and Flash Results.
Rankings continued to fluctuate before then as more last chance meets were held on Sunday.
Senior Jacob Deavers was ranked 15th nationally for 400-meter hurdles after his performance on Saturday where he placed first among competitors with a mark of 52.69. Last season, Deavers became an All-American for the event ranking seventh nationally.
Freshman Justin Ellerbeee and sophomore Heather Corder also came close to making it into the top 20 nationally.
Freshman pole vaulter Ellerbee recorded a “B” provisional mark of 15-9 moving him into 21st nationally.
Ellerbee made steady improvement throughout the season by improving his personal best by a foot-and-seven-inches.
Saturday’s Last Chance meet was also a time for freshman pole vaulter Emily Brandy, junior sprinter Brooke Gamble and others to compete in their last meet of the season.
Sophmore Shane Cioni and senior Tramieka Thomas traveled to Cal State Stanislaus to compete in the Twilight Qualifier on Friday.
Check The Poly Post Facebook on Monday night to see updates on the Broncos national rankings and pursuit at nationals.
Micheala Ard contributed to this article.
Jonathan Cruz / The Poly Post
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