By Christian Cataldo
The Cal Poly Pomona track and field teams traveled to UC San Diego to participate in the California Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.
Both the men’s and women’s team performed well, finishing among the top three in multiple events. However, it was an historic day for senior hammer thrower Carissa English, as she broke the school’s hammer throw record with a throw of 177 feet.
“It’s one of those things that we’ve known she can do,” said head coach Octavious Gillespie-Bennett. “Her potential has been there the whole time.”
English spoke on how it felt to go down in the CPP record books, and how her coach’s alteration to her throwing technique led to this moment.
“It feels really fulfilling because that has been my goal since day one,” said English. “It’s anybody’s really big dream in something they are really good at, [when it comes to breaking] any record in anything.
“Coming in, the technique was completely different from what I’ve learned, and I actually had a few rough weeks not knowing what [coach] was trying to teach me. When I actually got to throw and do it, it changed everything. It felt so easy and effortless.”
English finished fourth in the competition, but her performance was impressive nonetheless, as she trailed some Division I throwers.
On the women’s team, most CPP participants finished within the top three. Senior jumper Jessica Giacoletti finished second in high jump, with a mark of 1.63 meters. Sophomore sprinter Kendahl Gaines finished second in the 400 meter run with a time of58.01, and also finished third in the long jump event with a mark of 5.29 meters. Senior sprinter Isis Garland finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.69, and sophomore hurdler Sarah Regan finished second in 400 hurdles with a time of 1:03.71.
The women’s team finished the day in third place with 128.5 points, only finishing behind UC San Diego and Long Beach State.
On the men’s team, senior sprinters James Weiner and Louis Martinhelped the Broncos perform well in the 4×100 relay, 200-meter dash and the 100-meter dash.
CPP took first place in the 4×100 with a time of 41.45, just edging out the Tritons.
In the 100-meter dash, Martin and Weiner finished first and second. Martin finished first with a time of 10.88, and Weiner was right behind him with a time of 10.89.
In the 200-meter dash, Weiner and Martin finished second and third, with Weiner finishing with a time of 21.93 seconds and Martin with 21.95.
Coach Gillespie-Bennett commented on the strong performances from his sprinters.
“I’m impressed with their consistency,” said Gillespie-Bennett. “This isn’t the first time they have won. It’s their consistency week in and week out.”
Two pole vault seniors, Austin Allen and Justin Ellerbee, continued their dominant performances. Both finished second in the pole vault event, with marks of 16-2.75.
Three other notable finishes were in the long jump, 3000-meter steeplechase and the 5000-meter run. Junior jumper Mitchell Sagely finished third in the long jump event, with a mark of 6.82.
Senior distance runner Brandon Haugen placed third in the 3000-meter steeplechase event, with a time of 9:23.92. Freshman distance runner Issac Diosdado finished second in the 5000-meter run, finishing with a time of 14:53.50.
Junior Marcus Romo also turned in the Broncos’ best 400-meter hurdle time, finishing in 56.48 seconds.
The men’s team finished the meet in third place with 133.16, also behind UC San Diego and Long Beach State.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will return to action on Saturday, when they travel to Cal State San Marcos for the Mangrum Invitational.
Hayden Yi / The Poly Post
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