Athletes set personal records ahead of CCAA meet

By Bri Wingfield

Track and field performed in their final regular season meet Friday and Saturday at the UC Irvine Steve Scott Invitational in an attempt to solidify their position going into the California Collegiate Athletic Association conference meet.

Sophomore Kyle Lawson and senior Danie Foxvog rose to the expectations of the meet, both hitting personal records.

Coach Wes Ashford used this meet as an opportunity to qualify more athletes for the conference meet and strengthen the team’s overall presence.

“I feel like we are coming into form,” said Ashford. “It’s hard to tell where we stack up against the other teams because we haven’t competed against them, but we have a good, strong team and we’ll have a good showing.”

Foxvog set a personal record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.79, earning a No. 31 finish overall.

“It means the world. All of the hard work you put in is finally surfacing and you can figure out what your real talent is,” said Foxvog.

Foxvog will be competing in the women’s 800-meter run as well as the 4×400 relay race at the conference meet.

“I focus on me and do what I know I can do,” said Foxvog.

Lawson competed in the javelin throw, hitting a personal record of 56.05 meters, taking third place.

“I haven’t been able to hit that mark since our meet in Redlands earlier this season, so it’s good to get back in the high fifties,” said Lawson. “It was good getting a high mark going into conference next week.”

Lawson will be competing in the decathlon and the open javelin in next week’s conference meet.

“This season has gone really well,” said Lawson. “This was my first season doing the decathlon and it was less of a building season than I thought it would be.”

Currently sitting at 22nd place in the nation for the decathlon, Lawson has the opportunity to climb the scales and overtake 16th place to qualify for nationals with a strong performance at the conference meet.

“I’m really looking forward to the whole team coming together to be at the meet as a team to watch and cheer each other on,” said Lawson.

Other top finishers included junior Austin Collier, who placed third in the men’s long jump competition with a jump of 7.23 meters.

Sophomore Devon Reed and senior Calene Morris placed in the top 20 of the men’s and women’s 1500-meter run, respectively.

The CCAA conference meet this Thursday and Friday will be held in Chico, California.

Sophomore Kyle Lawson threw a personal record 56.05 meters in men

David Wilson / The Poly Post

Sophomore Kyle Lawson threw a personal record 56.05 meters in men’s javelin, finishing third.

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