By Tammy Wong
The Cal Poly Pomona track and field team had an impressive showing at the 30th annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Claremont on Saturday.
On the women’s side, senior Marissa Nickles excelled in the 1500-meter as she was the first Bronco to cross the finish line with a time of 4:39.94, earning her 15th place in the event. A few seconds behind Nickles was senior Lizette Huerta, who obtianed 17th place when she crossed the finish line with a time of 4:40.71.
Freshman Marcela Desir was the only Bronco participating in the 100-meter event. Desir received a time of 12.61 for the 100-meter. Meanwhile, freshman Sandra Marquez and junior Kendahl Gaines competed in the 400-meter event. Marquez obtained a time of 59.60, while her teammate Gaines received a time of 60.55.
Desir and Marquez also participated in the 200-meter run. Desir led the way as she crossed the line with a time of 25.76. This had her obtain 11th place for the Broncos. Marquez finished with a time of 26.86.
Sophomore Kimberly Schaefer was the only Bronco in the triple jump event, and she obtained a distance of 9.67 meters. Junior Deirdre Mercado competed in the pole vault event and finished with a height of 3.40 meters.
Senior Nina Pritchett obtianed 13th place in the hammer throw, as she obtained a distance of 41.33 meters. Senior Tiffany Tate obtained a 42.54 distance in the javelin, which landed her seventh place.
Freshman Michael Gutierrez was happy for his teammates’ success in the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
“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 super speedy on the track.”
On the men’s side, senior Rodger Mantor led all competitors in the pole vault event with a height of 4.80 meters. Sophomore Joaquin Monteiro-Williams placed 27 in the shot put event with a throw of 11.87 meters.
Senior Hector Alarcon competed in the discus event and finished with a throw of 41.16 meters. Freshman Kyle Lawson competed in the javelin event and finished with a throw of 45.49 meters.
Senior Jordan Morris excelled for the Broncos in the 110 hurdles event, as he finished third place with a time of 14.79.
Also excelling for the Broncos was the 4×100 team, which consisted of junior Gabriel Wirtz, junior Austin Braunschweiger, junior Anibal Jiminez and junior Napoleon Singletary IV. The team placed second with a time of 41.60.
Freshman Chris Uzoma, senior Mich Hamlin, senior Cesar Galvez and junior Chris Hyden comprised the 4×400 relay team for the Broncos. They finished third with a tome of 3:28.00.
Leading the way in the 1500-meter race for the Broncos was sophomore Ruben Dominguez. Dominguez finished with a time of 3:52.66 and placed tenth in the event.
Gutierrez talked about his excitement for the next meet.
“I can not wait for the next track meet,” 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 having a good season because we are a very strong team.”
The Broncos will return to action on Friday at the Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific.
Courtesy of Trent Preston / Bronco Athletics
Track and Field
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