Track team triumphs at Tiny Lister Invitational

By Erik Carr

The Cal Poly track and field team went to the Tiny Lister
Invitational, hosted at Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday, and
produced some of its best marks yet.

“I was happy,” said Head Coach Troy Johnson. “I looked at some
things we should work on. We just have to nurse injuries and get
healthy.”

On the men’s front, junior Carter Griffin qualified for the NCAA
Division II Provisional in the 200-meter with a time of 21.43
seconds. Griffin’s time was the best one in his heat and was sixth
overall.

In addition, Griffin placed second in the men’s 400 with a time
of 48.24.

“It was a really good time for him,” said Johnson. “He’s
starting to show his turnover.”

Senior Jonathan Williams nearly matched his personal bests in
both the men’s 100 and 200.

Williams ran a 10.77, finishing sixth in his heat of the 100,
and placed third in his heat of the 200 with a time of 21.35.

Williams’ personal bests in the 100 and 200 are 10.59 and 21.30,
respectively.

Williams, however, did have a personal best in the long jump, in
which he had the 10th best jump of the day, with a distance of
20-2.5.

Freshman Jacob Cummings, junior Neil Macrorie and senior Michael
Hernandez all competed in four events.

Cummings placed fourth in his heat of the 200, with a time of
23.66, and participated in the men’s 110 hurdles, long jump and
shot put. Cummings’ best finish was in the 110 hurdles, in which he
ran a 16.24, and placed fifth in his heat and 10th overall.

Macrorie competed in the same four events as Cummings.
Macrorie’s best performance for the day occurred in the 110
hurdles, where he placed third in his heat and eighth overall,
running a 15.62.

Coming in right behind Macrorie was Hernandez, who ran a 15.63
in the same race. For the day, Hernandez also competed in the long
jump, triple jump and shot put.

Hernandez showed off his versatility, turning in Cal Poly’s best
marks in two field events. In those events, Hernandez leaped a
seventh-best distance of 21-5 1/2 and a second-best distance of
45-7 1/4 in the long jump and triple jump, respectively.

“I came back [after being sick] and did the best I could,” said
Hernandez. “I was happy with my marks.”

Also putting in a full day of competition for the women were
freshman Elizabeth Regan and senior Amanda Smith, who both competed
in four events.

The four events Regan and Smith competed in were the 800, 100
hurdles, high jump and shot put.

Regan and Smith both had personal bests in the 100 hurdles and
the shot put. For the 100 hurdles, Smith ran a 15.99, which placed
her in second for her heat and ninth overall. In the shot put,
Smith placed 12th with a distance of 30-5 1/2.

Regan placed fifth in the same heat as Smith and 13th overall in
the 100 hurdles, in which she ran a time of 17.90. Regan threw a
22-8 in the shot put, which placed her in 14th.

“I was pretty excited,” said Regan. “It’s an improvement, but I
know I can do better.”

In their 800 heat, Regan placed sixth with a personal best time
of 2:27.39, and Smith placed eighth with a time of 2:30.07.

“[In the 800], I was still a little disappointed,” said Regan.
“I know with my training, I know that I can do well in conference
and improve my time.”

Senior Amber Hebb ran a 4:48.48 in the 1500, which put her in
third place.

This Saturday, the track and field team begins the month of May
with the Steve Scott Invitational, which will be hosted by UC
Irvine at Anteater Stadium.

Reach Erik Carr at: sports@thepolypost.com

Track team triumphs at Tiny Lister Invitational

Jonny Tai/Poly Post

Track team triumphs at Tiny Lister Invitational

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