By Bri Wingfield
This weekend, four Broncos traveled to Florida to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Two returned as All-Americans.
“We had an overall solid performance from our athletes this weekend,” said head coach Wes Ashford. “It was all positive.”
Senior track and field athletes Mark Huizar, Damani Brown and Calene Morris, along with junior Ruben Dominguez, all returned with top 20 performances in their respective events.
“Championship racing is a different kind of racing from what they experience during regular season meets”there is a different mindset,” said Ashford.
Huizar, in his third trip to track and field nationals, is finally coming back with the All-American status he has been working for.
“Coming out with an All-American finish in the 10K was a pretty nice way to end my career,” Huizar said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Huizar finished in eighth place in the 10K run with a time of 29 minutes, 54 seconds and 13th place in the 5K with a time of 14:35.17.
“This season couldn’t have gone any better. I did everything I wanted to do and accomplished my goals,” said Huizar. “I fell short on a few things but I know coming out of the season there was nothing I could have possibly done to make it better.”
In regard to the 10K run, Huizar said, “Overall, I wasn’t too focused on the competition, I was just focused on myself and what position I was in.”
Just missing the All-American mark with 13th place in the 5K, Huizar still attributes the finish line of that race as one of his best memories of the weekend, as he got to share it with teammate and training partner Dominguez.
Dominguez finished right behind Huizar in 14th place, running a 14:38.14 in his National debut.
“That’s just the way that race panned out, it didn’t play into their strengths,” said Ashford.
Brown also returns from his final collegiate meet as an All-American after snagging fifth place overall in the javelin and breaking his personal record.
“I knew I had the throw in me, I just had to hit the right angle,” said Brown, who has struggled with an injury most of the season.
Coming into the meet, Brown’s personal best throw was 64.47 meters; he broke his personal record with a 66.79-meter throw.
Brown now sits with the second longest javelin throw in Cal Poly Pomona history.
“I wanted to end [the season] slightly better, but I did get a personal record and fifth at Nationals, so I can’t complain,” said Brown.
Morris finished in 20th place with a time of 17:17.12 in the 5K race.
Courtesy of CPP Sports Information
Brown placed fifth in javelin
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