San Diego Host Track and Field Event

Posted By Horizon Staff March 28th, 2013 in Sports : 0 COMMENTS

Tina Ballue
Staff Writer

The Westmont Warriors Track and Field team left Friday night for San Diego to compete Saturday, March 23, at the Ross & Sharon Irwin Meet at Point Loma Nazarene University.

For some, this meet offered the opportunity to compete in new events. First-year John Beasley, who is also a first time track and field athlete, started the season with long and high jump, but was asked to try Discus and Shot put also this season.

“I was just trying to go out there and get a mark and then work from there. I am pleased and still have a lot to work on, but it will come. I am excited to improve and get better,” shared Beasley.

Hannah Jacobson third-year is a second-year track and field athlete who was asked to try Javelin this year to help earn more points in the GSAC Championship meet, which is only six weeks away. Jacobson had the opportunity to compete in Javelin for the first time at this meet as well.

There were several athletes who had outstanding performance from Saturday. Ben Kingsley, second-year,  not only competed in all four throwing events (shot put, discus, javelin, and hammer), but also made it to final rounds in all four events, even PR’ing in three events. At the end of the day, Ben took a total of 24 throws! Kingsley PR’d in shot put with a throw of 42’ 11 ¼ “, javelin with 161’ 5”, and hammer with a throw of 123”.

Another athlete to keep an eye on was fourth-year Mandy Chevalier.

“I ran a 24.99 in the 200 last year once, but this year I started feeling frustrated with my times,” explained Chevalier, when asked about her new time 24.76 the PR she has been looking for as well as the new school record and qualifying time for NAIA Nationals. “Also to note, our team this year is great. We have all come together and really showed support for one another; coming around that turn and hearing everyone cheering along the turn helped me run better,” shared Chevalier.

With one race left for the day, the 1600m relay, the Warriors were in-store for another great race to finish the meet. The men’s 1600m relay set out to take advantage of the long trip to San Diego and did just that with all legs running PR splits and also qualifying for NAIA Nationals. Bryan Avendano first-year, Christian Hatchett second-year, Tyler Moore first-year, and Quincy Braxton fourth-year, “stormed to a second all-time best Westmont performance in winning the race,” reported Coach Russell Smelley.

The Warriors look forward to a home meet this weekend on Saturday, March 30.

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