Pomona Pitzer Track and Field

Posted By Horizon Staff April 16th, 2013 in Sports : 0 COMMENTS

Tina Ballue
Staff Writer

Westmont Track and Field team traveled to Pomona- Pitzer Track and Field Invitational on Saturday, April 13 for their last meet before GSAC Championship. This is one of the largest meets the Warriors compete at, with over 1200 athletes competing; it’s a full day of track and field. This meet is especially fun for the team because there are athletes who are training for the Olympics to Paralympic athletes.

The Warriors have had quite a season if one has been following and this meet held more great results. Head Coach Russell Smelley just threw out a few small statics from the Saturday meet saying “There were 34 PR’s, 9 record book performances, 3 school records, 3 national qualifies, 2 season bests, and 1 class record.”  Theresa Nealson (SR) qualified for NAIA Nationals in the 800m running a new personal best of 2.11.76. Laurel Stormans (SR) also running a PR qualified for Nationals in the 400m hurdles with a time of 63.25 and setting a new senior class record. Mandy Chevalier ran a 24.49 in the 200m qualifying for Nationals and also having a PR that day.

The team congratulated each other as Coach Smelley shared all the PR’s and records, but the team quickly got focus on their long term goal which is just around the corner now, GSAC Championships. With championships on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 the teams looks ahead and are especially glad to have championships hosted at home. The Warriors are sure to put on a great day of competition to watch. Josiah Taylor a sophomore jumped into a new event for this year, the 400m hurdles, and has been pleasantly surprised as he has PR’d three meets in a row. “Pomona is one of my favorite meets. The competition is really good and a lot of schools always show up ready to compete. There are all levels of athletes to watch that day and it is one of my favorite aspects. But I am looking forward to GSAC and I really want to score for the team because every point matters,” shared Taylor when asked about his season. For some athletes they haven’t had as much experience on the team, but are looking for the same goal as Taylor, to score points for the team. Karlie Storkson (FR) came out just a few weeks ago after she finished her basketball season. “I was pretty intimidated coming out for this team especially so close to the end of their season, but everyone was welcoming and I am thankful for new teammates and honored to be on this team as well,” shared Storkson.

Come out and support the Warriors Track and Field team at GSAC Championships on April 26 and 27, it’ll be two days of record breaking and watch the seniors compete at their last Westmont Track and Field meet.

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