Warriors were Set to Go in On Your Mark Meet

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 31st, 2015


Shane Rowan

Shane Rowan

Westmont Track and Field started off the 2015 season by hosting six other teams in the On Your Mark Track and Field Meet on Saturday. Both the men’s and women’s teams took first place in the meet and several Warriors qualified for participation in the NAIA Indoor National Championships, which will be held March 5-7 in Geneva, Ohio.

The On Your Mark Meet included both indoor events and outdoor events. Athletes could not use the outdoor events to qualify for nationals, but they could be used to gain an entry into the GSAC Championships next April.

The Women’s team tallied 264 points to claim first place, outpacing second play California Lutheran who collected 119.5 points. Concordia finished third with 72 points, three more than Vanguard who claimed fourth. A handful of Biola runners tallied 50.5 points for fifth place while William Jessup scored 21 points and Marymount scored nine.

Becky Collier finished first in the high jump with an automatic qualifying mark of 1.70 meters (5-7). Collier also finished first in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 16.02 seconds.

Also earning an automatic qualification into nationals was Elysia Mitchell who won the 200 meter dash in time of 24.77 seconds. Mitchell also won the 100 meter dash, completing the race in a time of 12.25 seconds.

Freshman Jessica Erikson finished first in the 400 meter run in a time of 57.14 seconds, beating the automatic qualification time by over a second. Kelly Collins took third in the 3,000 meter run, but did so in an automatic qualification time of 10:18.56

Earning a provisional qualification mark was Taryn Phipps in the 800 meters. Her second place time of 2:18.78 was just 0.18 seconds over the automatic qualification time.

Westmont’s 4 x 400 meter relay team claimed first place winning the race by more than 19 seconds and beating the automatic qualification mark by more than 10 seconds. Erickson, Kaylin Koopmans, Phipps and Mitchell posted a time of 3:50.30.

In the women’s long jump, Westmont athletes claimed first and second place. Kristan Holding won the event with a jump of 5.13 meters (16-10). Madison Hererra claimed second place when she covered a distance of 5.03 meters (16-6).

Katheryn Mohrhoff’s time of 1:11.19 in the 400 meter hurdles won her first place by more than two seconds.

The Westmont men accumulated 285.5 points, besting second place California Lutheran who scored 106.5. Concordia scored 84 points to claim third while Vanguard notched 46 in a fourth place finish. William Jessup finished fifth with 22 points, two better than Biola who took sixth. Marymount scored 12 points.

Shane Rowan won two events for the Warriors. In the triple jump, Rowan recorded an automatic qualification mark of 14.36 meters (47-1.5). In the long jump, Rowan had a mark of 6.73 meters (22-1).

Tyler Moore also earned an automatic qualification into the indoor national championships by finishing the 400 meter race in a time of 48.85. Christian Hatchett took second in the event with a time of 49.57.

Ben Kingsley won the men’s discus with a throw of 42.90 meters (140-9) while Joseph Miller won the men’s javelin with a mark of 50.03 meters (164-1).

Taking first place in the 400 meter hurdles was Matthew Johnson who recorded a time of 58.60. Evan Kramer claimed 10 points for the Warriors with a first place finish in the mile run, completing the race in 4:22.42.

Westmont’s men’s 4 x 400 meter relay team of John Nealon, Jared Klopfer, Hatchett and Moore finished off the racing events by taking first place in a time of 3:21.25.

Next week, the Warriors will host the Westmont Sunshine Indoor Open on Friday and Saturday, which will be comprised only of indoor events. The multi-events – women’s pentathlon and men’s heptathlon – get under way on Friday along with the 5,000 meters and distance medley relay. The balance of the events are scheduled for Saturday.

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