By Andrew Gordo
The Cal Poly Pomona track and field teams participated in two of their final events of the year this weekend, as several of the teams’ athletes improved their chances of qualifying for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Championships in Allendale, Michigan.
Some Broncos traveled to Cal State Los Angeles for the Last Chance Meet while others attended the Oxy Invite held at Occidental College. Both teams excelled at the meets.
On the women’s team, senior thrower Tiffany Gray continued to perform well as she improved her mark in shot put and moved into second place in CPP’s record books with a throw of 48-9 feet.
Gray also placed first at the event at Cal State L.A. with that mark.
Other athletes saw improved marks in their respective events, including junior thrower Tiffany Tate and junior distance runner Lizette Huerta.
Tate placed second in the javelin throw at Cal State L.A. with a distance of 136 feet en route to improving her “B” provisional mark.
Also improving her “B” provisional mark was Huerta, who ran the 1,500-meter race at the Oxy Invite and finished with a time of 4:29.99 seconds.
Other Broncos were also successful. Senior sprinter Araya Dixon did well at Cal State L.A. on Saturday, as she posted two first-place finishes. In the 200-meter dash, Dixon raced to a time of 24.93 seconds and also crossed the 100-meter line in 12.26 seconds.
In the long jump, senior Aariana Goshen earned a new personal record and placed second in the event with a distance of 17-11 feet.
The men’s side was also successful and showcased some great effort.
Several athletes ran well but narrowly missed a “B” provisional mark. In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Jordan Morris finished with a time of 14.84 seconds. In the 1,500-meter event at Occidental, sophomore Mark Huizar posted a time of 3:56.53, just missing the provisional mark.
In other running events, the Broncos had athletes finishing within the top three. In the 100-meter dash, Louis Martin III placed third with a time of 10.69 seconds. There was another third-place finish in the 200-meter dash, as James Weiner crossed the finished line at 21.74 seconds.
Lastly, in the pole vault event, two Broncos finished within the top five. At Cal State L.A., Austin Allen finished second in the pole vault after clearing a height of 15-3.75 feet in the pole vault. At the Oxy Invite, Justin Ellerbee placed fifth in pole vault with a height of 16-0.
Select Bronco athletes await word as to whether or not they will compete at the NCAA Division II National Championships held May 21-23.
As of now, there are nine total athletes ranked within the top 25 nationally for their respective events. Those athletes are: Ellerbee (fourth in pole vault), Francisco Gomez (21st and 23rd in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter), Gray (12th in shot put), Huerta (ninth in 1,500-meter), Huizar (15th in 5,000-meter), Martin (14th in 100-meter), Rodger Mantor (eighth in pole vault), Weiner (25th in 200-meter), and Erin Zwinger (17th in heptathlon).
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