Relay teams lead the way at Occidental

By David Wilson

Freshman Devin Collins lined up for his final triple jump attempt and as he had done on the previous three, raised his hands above his head and started a slow but rhythmic clap that drew the stadium’s attention.

After fouling on his first two and jumping 13.62 meters on the third attempt, the freshman sprinted down the runway and leapt into the sand.

The judges raised the white flag and Collins’ reaction indicated the result: a personal record of 13.77 meters and a second-place finish.

Track and field competed at the 2017 Occidental Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic, taking home 10 top-three finishes, finishing first in four events.

The Broncos did not wait long for their first triumph of the afternoon as their women’s 4×100-meter relay team of freshmen Bridgitte Agcaoili, Xjaedah Williams, Hannah Williams and junior Kendahl Gaines placed first with a time of 47.65 seconds, a personal record for the team.

“We are probably third or fourth in our conference with that time,” said Gaines.

Cal Poly Pomona completed the sweep of the event with Collins, freshman Kenneth Hamel, junior Gabriel Wirtz and senior Anibal Jimenez winning the men’s 4×100-meter relay with a time of 41.74, a personal record.

“We needed it,” said Collins. “The past couple weeks we weren’t running that great”hopefully we can move forward and keep getting faster.”

Collins had a busy day competing in the men’s 4×100-meter relay, 100-meter dash and triple jump. The freshman finished first in the relay, 29th overall in the dash and second in the triple jump, setting a personal record by an inch and a quarter.

“Triple jump was very surprising because it’s from short approach,” said Collins.

As it is still early in the season, Collins is looking to improve on multiple fronts.

“Definitely more technique work,” said Collins. “Just need to work on strength and working through fatigue.”

The Broncos claimed their third relay win of the afternoon in the women’s 4×400-meter relay with Gaines, freshman Sarah Reyna, junior Sandra Marquez and senior Ravyn Miller running a time of 3:59.10.

“We didn’t run the times that we probably should have,” said Miller. “But we went at what we thought would be best for us because everybody’s not at their best right now.”

Gaines ran in both winning relay teams and thinks there is work to be done.

“Our handoffs for 4×100 could always be better,” said Gaines. “That also helps drop time.”

Miller also competed in the women’s 400-meter dash and finished sixth.

“For me, I feel like I could probably finish a little bit better or maybe start off a little bit better,” said Miller. “As a group, we all did pretty good, honestly. I don’t really see where it needs to be fixed.”

CPP also had strong performances in field events. In the men’s pole vault, the Broncos had two athletes in the top three. Junior Kyle Victoria led the way, placing first with a vault of 14 feet, 11 inches. Sophomore Parker Johnson finished third with a height of 13 feet, 11.25 inches.

Along with Collins’ success in the triple jump, freshman Austin Collier jumped 23 feet, 0.75 inches en route to a second-place finish in the men’s long jump event.

In the women’s shot put, freshman Jenna Gonzales placed third with a throw of 38 feet, 2 inches. Gonzales also had a strong performance in the women’s discus throw, finishing fourth with a throw of 119 feet, 3 inches.

In distance events, sophomore Araseli Servin placed highest in women’s distance events, finishing second in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:46.82. Senior

Calene Morris finished 11th out of 156 runners in the women’s 5,000-meter and second among runners from Division II schools with a time of 17:03.53. On the men’s side, senior Mark Huizar finished second overall with a time of 14:24.33.

Senior Ravyn Miller finished first with the 4x400-meter relay team

David Wilson / The Poly Post

Senior Ravyn Miller finished first with the 4×400-meter relay team

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