CPP track and field excels in first meet

By Tammy Wong

The Broncos excelled in the Pomona-Pitzer Track and Field All Comers Meet on Saturday at Pomona Pitzer College in Claremont.

On the women’s side, four Broncos helped achieve first place for the 4X100. Freshman sprinter Marcela Desir, junior sprinter Kendahl Gaines, sophomore sprinter Tai Crumsey and freshman distance runner Sandra Marquez collectivley had an impressive time of 48.66, which landed them first place at the event. For the 4×400 event, the Broncos placed sixth and eighth.

In the women’s 100-meter dash, Desir had a strong time of 12.46 which landed her fourth place. Desir helped the Broncos obtain ninth place in the 200-meter dash. Marquez placed thirteenth, while Crumsey placed fifteenth in the event.

Five Broncos participated in the women’s 1000-meter run. Sophomore distance runner Casey Monoszlay obtained a time of 3:03.35, which landed her fourth place for the Broncos. Trailing behind Monoszlay was sophomore Kalin Tomlinson and junior distance runner Symone Booker.

Senior distance runner Marissa Nickles, who excelled in cross country earlier in the year, helped the Broncos obtain a speedy time of 5:03.94. The time helped the Broncos land sixth place in the 1-mile run. Freshman distance runner Anahi Betart followed behind Nickles with 12th place. Junior distance runner Layla Amiri rounded out the event for the Broncos and finished with a time of 5:26.64.

Sophomore Kimberly Schaefer competed in the triple jump and finished off with an impressive 9.77-meter jump.

On the men’s side, senior pole vaulter Rodger Mantor, who was an All-American last season, acquired the NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark in the pole vault competition when his impressive jump of 5.10 meters earned him the win for the event.

Junior sprinter Austin Braunschweiger had an impressive time of 10.92 in the 100-meter dash, which landed him third place. Junior sprinter Anibal Jimenez landed ninth place with a time of 11.12.

One of the top three runners for the 3000-meter run was sophomore distance runner Michael Gutierrez. Gutierrez held an impressive time of 8:44.57.

“I am really proud of my teammates,” said Gutierrez. “They excelled and dominated the track today. They really know how to get their business done, and they are speedy on the track.”

“I can not wait for the next track meet,” said Gutierrez. “We are going to work hard and train more to get a good base; we are going to be better. I know we are going to have a good season because we are a very strong team. The team is really strong. We are in this together. We run in a pack, and we know we could do this together.”

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Elaine Deleon / The Poly Post

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