Warriors Race to First in Opening Meet

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 31st, 2016

 

Becky Collier(Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

Becky Collier
(Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

Westmont Track and Field opened the 2016 season by hosting the On Your Marks Invitational on Saturday. The Warriors claimed both the men’s and women’s team competitions, winning each by more than 100 points.

The Westmont women scored 276 points with Concordia (Calif.) taking second with 92 points. Vanguard (63 points) edged William Jessup (62 points) to claim third place. In the men’s competition, Westmont scored 291.5 points while Vanguard claimed second with 101 points.

Westmont’s Becky Collier won the women’s high jump while earning an automatic qualification for the NAIA Indoor National Championships. Collier cleared 1.65 meters (5-5). Ali Johnson claimed a win in the 800 meters with a time of 2:26.73 while Jessica Meyers won the women’s mile in a time of 5:17.54. Olivia Wood crossed the finish line of the women’s 3,000 meter in a time of 11:12.48 to claim first place.

Westmont entered four teams in the women’s 4 x 400 meters and the Warriors finished first through fourth. Melissa McCormick, Brianna Stoppa, Abigail White and Taryn Phipps came in first with a time of 4:12.47.

Kristen Kahaian and Hannah Packham tied for first in the women’s pole vault with jumps of 2.89 meters (9-5.75). Kristen Germann won the Hammer Throw with mark of 33.18 meters (108-10).

On the men’s side, Thomas Hamlin won the 800 meters with a time of 2:00.42 while Nathan Evans claimed first place in the mile in a time of 4:22.76.

In the 4 x 400 meters relay, Westmont’s two entries placed first and second. Bryan Avendano, Nathan Evans John Nealon and Bradford Ortlund finished in first with a time of 3:30.27.

The triple jump was won by Westmont’s Aaron Lederer who covered 12.44 meters (40-9.75). Joseph Miller earned first place in the javelin with a distance of 51.64 meters (169-5).

This coming weekend, Westmont will host the Sunshine Indoor Multi-Events and Open.

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