The Southwestern Track & Field teams competed Saturday in the Cougar Open, a large twilight meet hosted by Clackamas Community College. Bryan Terry began the day about 12:30 with 1 of his 2 Personal Records (PRs) for the meet in the Hammer Throw at 42.63m to place 12th. Nearly every Laker posted PRs as well, several improving in more than one discipline. Destiny Martinez threw inches from her best at 23.89m, and SWOCC Women’s Athlete of the Month Kia Collins went 31.16m.
Track events started at 4:30 with the Women’s 4 x 100m Relay of Ryleigh Cobb, Lillian Weatherman, Presley LeBlanc, and Lexie Lofthouse running a season’s best 52.9. In running the relay, Lexie was too late returning to Long Jump for her first attempt. She settled in for her next attempts to leap 4.93m taking 4th overall just an inch from her PR. Nice job Lexie. With the men jumping on the runway next door, Christian Ambrogio went 5.44m for 14th and Bryan Hunt 6.03m for 10th. Bryan ran the second leg in the Men’s 4 x 100 Relay taking the baton from starter Carter Rudisill. SWOCC Men’s Athlete of the Month Angel Moreno ran third followed by Kuda Murasiranwa finishing in 42.75 for 3rd, 0.03 seconds out of second place and PR for the Men’s Relay. Later Kuda returned to face the Clackamas anchor leg runner in the Men’s 100 and tied the 17 year old school record of 10.7 seconds finished second again by 0.03 seconds — 2 photo finishes in one evening and a school record tie. Congratulations Kuda! With good races and warmer days coming, that record is in serious jeopardy.
Other Laker Men ran fast times too. Bryan took 4th in 10.94, Angel 8th in 11.25, and Carter 18th in 11.71. In the Women’s 100m, Presley ran 13.27 for 11th just out of reach of Lexie running 13.37 for 12th. Ryleigh ran 14.06 for 17th just behind Lillian at 13.63 in the second of 4 PRs. Lou Mei Gutsch ran 1:24.20 in the 400m and improved her 800 PR to 3:16.24. In the Men’s 400m, Cole George raced to 9th in a PR of 52.84, Clinton Omandi took 15th at 57.4, Everett Evanoff improved his PR to 58.25, Ryan Cecil went 1:05.49, and Matthew Kashiwamura 1:12.35.
Field event marks during those races showed improvements too. In Men’s Shot Put, Dylan Jennings went 10.69m, Erick Zamora-Ajtun put his PR out to 10.86m, and Bryan was 13.26. For Women’s Shot, Kia was 9.76m. In Women’s Javelin, Kia moved her PR out about 2 feet to 32.48m just past Mazie Martin in 32.05m. Erica Hughlett threw for 18.82, a gain of about 3 meters. In Men’s Discus Throw, Ryan added a foot and half to his PR for 25.65m, Dylan made 29.91m, Cole went 35.64m, and Bryan took 8th in 40.46m. In Women’s Discus after more than 5 hours of competition, Kia made it to Finals and took 8th with 32.61m, Destiny went 22.66m, and Mazie threw 22.66m. About 7:00 in the evening, Christian made it to Finals in the Men’s Triple Jump taking 8th in 11.9m.
While Women’s Shot and Men’s Discus finished on the Field, the last Track events included the Women’s 200. Presley was 8th in 27.05 barely ahead of Lexie in 27.09, and Lillian moved her PR down to 28.44. For the Men’s 200m, Matthew edged his PR down to 29.46, Everett improved his PR to 25.7, and Carter set a PR to 23.87. In one of the closest races of the night, the second heat of Men’s 200, Angel had a lead on the curve over Bryan at about 100 meters but ended taking 6th with 22.93 just behind Bryan’s 5th at 22.91 – a 0.02 second different! Kuda took 2nd with 21.73, a PR on US soil. His 200 mark leads the NWAC even though the race wasn’t wind legal being a 3.9 meters per second tail wind over the limit of 2mps. The final events were the 4 x 400s. Lillian started the Women’s with her 4th PR of the night about 1:04. Ryleigh, Presley, and Lexie followed for a combined PR of 4:26.90 taking 3rd. The Laker men finished 5th with Angel, Everett, Lamont Klepper, and Cole finishing in 3:48.77. For complete results, read here http://www.nwacsports.org/trackandfield/results/2018/April21-CougarOpen.pdf.
The Lakers host the 8th Prefontaine Master’s Meet this Saturday, April 28th with events starting at 11am until about 4pm. We hope to see you out on the Field and Track for more lifetime best marks!