By David Wilson
The track and _ÀåÂ_Äeld teams racked up 16 top-10 _ÀåÂ_Änishes at the 31st Annual Pomona-Pitzer Track and Field Invitational held at Pomona College.
Of those 16, six Broncos _ÀåÂ_Änished in the top five. Half of the team’s top _ÀåÂ_Äve _ÀåÂ_Änishes came courtesy of field events.
“We have some work to do,” head coach Wes Ashford said. “The high _ÀåÂ_Änishes that we did have is encouraging.”
Junior Austin Collier stood out among Cal Poly Pomona athletes on the _ÀåÂ_Äeld side, placing second in men’s long jump with a leap of 22 feet 8 inches and sixth in men’s javelin with a throw of 161″06. Senior Josiah Pekary also _ÀåÂ_Änished in the top 10 of men’s javelin with a throw of 157″00, earning a ninth-place _ÀåÂ_Änish.
Other high _ÀåÂ_Änishes from _ÀåÂ_Äeld athletes came from junior Paul Bentz, whose throw of 149″11 led to a _ÀåÂ_Äfth-place _ÀåÂ_Änish in men’s pole vault, and junior Nolan O’Brien cleared a 15″ 03 vault in men’s pole vault
on his way to a second-place _ÀåÂ_Änish.
Sophomore Parker Johnson wasn’t far behind O’Brien in eighth place with a vault of 13″09.25. In men’s shot put, freshman Ryan Peacock placed sixth with a throw of 47″09.25.
In women’s _ÀåÂ_Äeld events, CPP’s two throwers, freshmen Anela Miki-Han and
Jenna Gonzales, _ÀåÂ_Änished ninth and tenth respectively in women’s shot put with throws of 39″02.50 and 38″01.50. Freshman Tyla Graves _ÀåÂ_Änished ninth in women’s long jump with a leap of 18″00.50.
On the track side, it was CPP’s women who led the way. The women’s 4x100meter team of freshman Bridgitte Agcaoili, junior Kendahl Gaines, freshman Xjaedah Williams and Graves finished third with a time of 48.25 seconds.
Despite the third-place _ÀåÂ_Änish, Gaines felt the team did not run as well as at Occidental when the same team won the 4×100-meter relay.
“All of our handoffs were really bad today,” Gaines said. “I think we were all kind of just _ÀåÂÛ_ustered. One person just _ÀåÂ_Änished the race and she had to go straight into doing 4x100meter. We were just kind of all over the place today.”
Individually, Gaines _ÀåÂ_Änished fourth in the women’s 400-meter dash, running a time of 56.38. Earlier in
the day, Williams matched Gaines’ _ÀåÂ_Änish in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.58.
On the men’s side, freshman Kenneth Hamel placed eighth in the men’s 100-meter dash and sophomore Devon Reed ran a 3:54.69 in the men’s 1,500-meter, earning a tenth-place _ÀåÂ_Änish.
With the California Collegiate Athletic Association meet coming up in three weeks, Ashford is pleased with where the team is at this stage of the season.
“We’re coming into the phase right now where we’re still trying to build,” Ashford said. “The coaches aren’t really trying to peak their athletes yet, we’re just trying to build and get that solid base underneath us.”
Next week, track and _ÀåÂ_Äeld will compete at the Bryan Clay Invite at Azusa Paci_ÀåÂ_Äc University and the Mt. San Antonio College Invite at Cerritos College.
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Freshman Imani Williams competing in the women’s long jump at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
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