Track and field opened the season at the Rossi Relay’s by hitting three NCAA provisional marks and placing first overall on the men’s side and third overall on the women’s side.
Juniors Paul Bentz, Shane Martin and Hannah Stueve hit NCAA provisional marks with Bentz and Stueve placing first in pole vault discus and pole vault respectively.
“I like the group we have I think they’re working their tails,” head coach Chris Bradford. “I’m looking forward to growing from this, obviously today is about working out the kinks, we are not a finished product today.”
The product on display at Claremont Mudd-Scripps earned three first place finishes and 15 top three finishes in Bradford’s first track and field meet since taking over as head coach from Wes Ashford last year.
On the track, the Broncos dominated in hurdle events. Martin finished second overall in 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.29 seconds.
Junior Keeon Thomas placed third in 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.70. On the women’s side, Senior Alisha Greenlaw’s time of 15.02 placed her third in the 100-meter hurdles.
The Broncos’ men’s and women’s relay teams each took third place in their respective races.
In the women’s distance medley freshman Samantha Barajas, senior Rayvn Miller, senior Kalin Tomlinson and junior Lorraine Fernandez finished with a time of 12:25.69.
In the men’s 4×400-meter relay, Thomas, junior Chris Uzoma, freshman Luke Doukakis and sophomore Carl Chavannes ran a 3:22.15 race to finish third.
“One of the big things in these early meets is taking the things we’re working on in practice and putting them into the competition,” Bradford said.
Of the 15 top three finishes overall, 10 came in field events.
Stueve led the way with a 11 foot, 11 and three-quarter inch vault that set a national qualifying mark and was the second highest vault in school history.
In men’s pole vault, seniors Kyle Victoria and Nolan O’Brien placed second and third with jumps of 15—01 and 14—07.25 respectively.
The men dominated the discus competition placing in four of the top five spots including sweeping the top three positions.
Bentz led the way with a throw of 163—11 feet and sophomores Gerardo Flores and Ryan Peacock followed in the next two sports with throws of 153—01 and 149—07 respectively.
In women’s discus, sophomore Jenna Gonzales finished first with a throw of 128—01 feet.
In shot put, sophomore Anela Miki-Han and junior Alejandro Sandoval-Guzman placed second in the women’s and men’s events.
Sophomore Charisma Byrd rounded out the Broncos’ top finishes with a third-place finish in women’s high jump with a leap of 5—01.75.
The Broncos next hit the track next Friday and Saturday in Turlock, California in the Kim Duyst Invitational.
“That’s why I like this sport is you have time to grow,” Bradford said.
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