On Friday, 8 Laker Track & Field student-athletes were accepted and competed in the 2018 Oregon Twilight. Hayward Field at the University of Oregon is one of the most famous venues for our sport known by fans around the world. Hayward is home to NCAA All Americans, Champions, Olympians, and current professionals. Southwestern student-athletes performed well with character and respect. We are proud of their work. Competing there with live streaming, 5000 people watching/chanting/cheering, and lining up against Olympians would convince many to wilt or quit. Our Lakers shined.
Results started with a big improvement to 51.0, an NWAC auto-qualifying mark, in the Women’s 400 Relay with Lillian Weatherman, Ryleigh Cobb, Presley LeBlanc, and Alex Lofthouse taking 5th. All improved, but Ryleigh especially ran her best leg of the year. The Men’s Relay featured Angel Moreno, Kuda Murasiranwa, Carter Rudisill, and Bryan Hunt going 42.79 for 6th. Individually, Alex raced to 13.10 for 11th in the 100m and set a PR with 26.47 for 7th in the 200m. Presley ran 12.96 for 9th in the 100m and 26.53 for 8th in the 200m. Kuda took 9th in the 200m with 21.93. After watching Devon Allen run a leading time for the year about 45 minutes earlier in the 110 Hurdles, Kuda lined up next to him and other Ducks to run 10.71 for 7th. In the next heat, Bryan ran 10.897 for a share of 8th/9th place. With six other NWAC men already under 10.9 seconds, the Men’s 100m race will be one to watch at the NWAC Championships. Read Oregon Twilight Results http://www.nwacsports.org/trackandfield/results/2018/May4-2018_twilight_results.pdf. And see Oregon Twilight Photos at the Daily Emerald – https://www.dailyemerald.com/2018/05/05/photos-oregon-hosts-the-twilight-meet/ and OregonLive – http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2018/05/devon_allen_and_raevyn_rogers.html.
Both full teams competed the next morning for the Linfield Open, a large invitational with many four-year colleges and 5 NWAC schools. Kia Collins threw 33.31m in Hammer, 32.61m for 6th in Discus, 10.01m in Shot Put, and 31.29m in Javelin. Erica Hughlett threw Javelin 17.53m. For the Men at Discus Throw, Cole George made 32.91m, Dustin Jennings 29.08m, and Ryan Cecil 24.24m. In Long Jump, Bryan Hunt went 6.0m, Christian Ambrogio 5.48m, and Ethan File 4.86m. Later in Triple Jump, Christian took 5th on his 6th and last jump of the day at 12.29m.
Christian was part of a Men’s 400 Relay that just missed passing the baton in the legal zone. For the Men’s 400, Cole George slightly bested his mark to 52.82, Clinton Omandi lowered his PR to 55.7, Everett Evanoff 57.52, Ryan 1:05.27, and Matthew Kashiwamura 1:13.81. Lamont Klepper ran 11:34.96 in the 3000m Steeplechase. Kuda and Bryan returned to race the 100m in a photo finish with Kuda winning by 0.02 of a second taking first overall in 10.95. Angel ran 11.43 and Carter 11.99. For the 200m, Clinton ran the 2nd of his 3 PRs for the day at 24.8. Christian was next at 25.0, Everett 25.34, and Matthew 29.93.
On the Track, the Women’s 400 Relay returned to post 51.32 for 4th. Lillian ran her first Open 400m taking 12th in 1:05.55. Lou Mei Gutsch ran PRs in both the 400m at 1:21.59 and 800m at 3:15.20 smiling at the end as usual for her. And notably for the Lakers was a night and day racing for both Alex and Presley. Though only 800 meters in total, running back to back days all out taxes athletes at every level. Well done Alex and Presley. In the 100m, Alex took 8th in 13.1, Presley ran 13.51, and Ryleigh a PR in 5 years of track races at 13.9. In the 200m, Alex earned 6th with 26.67and Presley ran 27.7. Knowing the women had outworked them over the 2 days, Clinton talked Christian, Angel, and Kuda into racing the 1600 Relay for the final event of the day pushing themselves to 6th in 3:33.32 earning Clinton’s 3rd PR of the day. Read Linfield results here http://www.nwacsports.org/trackandfield/results/2018/May5-Linfield_Open_2018_Results.pdf.
The final competition of the year, the NWAC Track & Field Championships, takes place May 21 – 22 in Gresham, Oregon at Mt. Hood Community College. Go Lakers!