Men’s track and field placed third overall at the Point Loma Nazarene University Invitational, during a weekend when track and field competed at two different meets.

Most of the team competed in San Diego at the PLNU meet with a small number of athletes taking part in the 40th Annual Aztec Invitational held at San Diego State University.

“Today was a really positive step forward for a lot of people,” coach Chris Bradford said. “Almost every event had season bests in it, a lot of people had personal bests today, so I thought today was a really good step forward.”

The team dominated the hurdle events on both the men’s and women’s side with senior Alisha Greenlaw winning in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.56 seconds and junior Shane Martin winning in the men’s 110m hurdles with a time of 14.16 seconds.

CPP finished one-two in the pole vault competition with seniors Kyle Victoria and Nolan O’Brien finishing first and second respectively with jumps of 15 feet, three inches.

Senior Nolan O’Brien placed second in men’s pole vault completing a one-two finish in that event for CPP. (Courtesy of CPP Sports Information)

In women’s long jump, sophomore Imani Williams took first place with a jump of 17’8.25.

“We’re coming off a big training week, right now we’re going to continue to hit them pretty hard in practice for another three, four, five weeks before we really start backing off getting into the championship season,” Bradford said.

Cal Poly Pomona’s relay teams also took home high marks this weekend with both the men and women finishing in the top-three in the 400m relay.

The women’s team placed second with a time of 48.94 seconds.

The men finished third with a time of 42.43.

At nearby San Diego State University, five Broncos competed in the heptathlon and decathlon events.

“Most meets don’t offer decathlons and heptathlons and the Point Loma meet didn’t offer that, so it was just an opportunity for them to get their first one of the season in,” Bradford said.

Freshman Gabriel Zapata placed fifth in his first men’s decathlon and was the only male athlete who competed for CPP at the Aztec Invitational.

“He performed very well first time going through it, made some mistakes, hopefully we learn from those and continue to get better each week,” Bradford said.

Four women competed in the heptathlon with Williams leading the way in fourth place.

Track and Field will compete at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and California Collegiate Invitational at UC San Diego this weekend.

“Being satisfied or being happy with where we’re at, I don’t think I’ll ever be at that point with our kids,” Bradford said. “We’ll have kids winning national championships and we’re still looking at how can we get them better.”

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