On Friday and Saturday April 27th and 28th, SWOCC hosted the Prefontaine Masters Meet for about 20 unattached or club competitors over age 35 down from an expected 40 thanks no doubt to stormy weather. Southwestern’s Track & Field Men and Women also competed in between taking care of visitors. Thanks go out to both SWOCC Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams for assisting during the meet. Action began Friday in Throws with a small group of athletes following the 5 disciplines of the unusual Throws Pentathlon.
Kia Collins started with all in Hammer Throw going 32.45m. Moving to Shot Put, she made a PR in 10.95m, less than an inch from 36’. Discus came next with an effort close to her best at 32.45m, and finally in Javelin, she set her 2nd PR of the day at 32.75m or 107’ 6”. Mazie Martin posted a 31.84 in Javelin, and Erica Hughlett threw near her best at 18.34m.
For the Men in Hammer Throw, Dustin Robey set a massive PR out past 100’ at 31.45m. Maybe it was thanks to his mother watching or maybe it was coaching from 89 year old, Myrtle Point native Harvey Lewellen who nearly matched him, albeit with an age-appropriate implement, at 28.67m. Bryan Terry led at 39.94m. In Shot, Bryan made a put of 13.46m, a nice PR for him just past 44’. Erick Zamora Ajtun also had a best day at 10.93m, about an inch shy of 36’. Next at Discus, Erick set his massive PR of the day at 39.89m, improving more than 25’. Bryan took first just past at 40.39m, Cole George made 34.20m, Dustin 25.97m, and Ryan Cecil 21.60m. In Javelin, Dustin led in 47.21m, followed by Bryan 38.60m and Erick 23.18m.
Track events ran on Saturday with the 400 Relays. Lillian Weatherman, Ryleigh Cobb, Presley LeBlanc, and Lexie Lofthouse moved the baton around in 55.60. The Men featured Clinton Omandi, Christian Ambrogio, Ethan File, and Dustin Robey in 49.00. The Women’s 400m dash was won by Brittany Kreutzer in 1:12.00. Madi Davis followed at 1:16.80, and Sam Shook came in at 1:26.10. For the Men’s 400, Cole led at 52.9 followed by Clinton 56.50 and Everett Everson 56.51, Dustin 59.20, and Matthew Kashiwamura at 1:13.30. In the Women’s 100m, Ryleigh ran 14.3, Lillian 14.31, and Kia 15.90. Lou Mei Gutsch improved her 800m best to 3:14. For the half lapper 200m race, Madi was first for the Women at 31.30. Christian was first for the Men at 25.70 followed by Ethan 27.60 and Matthew 31.20. Lamont Klepper ran a 19:16.37 Men’s 5000m race. And finally, unusual co-ed teams made up the 1600 Relays for fun races. Find complete results here http://www.nwacsports.org/trackandfield/results/2018/April28-Prefontaine_Masters.htm.
On Saturday April 28th, a small group from the Southwestern Men’s Track & Field team competed at Oregon State University in a large invitational with dozens of universities and Lane Community College from the NWAC. Action began about 1pm with the 4 x 100m, the 400 Relay, where the Lakers raced to 6th in 43.04. Swirling winds made the rest of events not wind legal for setting records, and that mattered as it turned out about an hour later. In the Men’s 100m, Kuda Murasiranwa set a new college record taking 3rd in 10.67. Wind or no wind, congratulations on a fine mark that puts Kuda in a tie atop the NWAC best performances of the year. Also racing the 100m was Bryan 8th in 10.91, Angel 19th in 11.22, and Carter 20th in 11.72. Finally, results for the Men’s 200 included Kuda 5rd, at 21.98, Angel 15th in 22.96, Bryan 17th in 22.96, and Carter 23rd in 23.99. Find complete OSU results here http://finishedresults.trackscoreboard.com/#/results/meet/8157.
For the meet this Friday May 4th, a few Lakers might be accepted to compete at the Oregon Twilight at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene. Then, both teams will meet in the final invitational of the season at the Linfield Open in McMinnville. With the NWAC Championships scheduled May 21 – 21, look for a college record and All American performance from Kuda in the 100m alongside his 400 Relay teammates Bryan, Angel, and Carter. Presley and Lexie look to sharpen and return to top 8 podium finishes in the 100m and 200m. Bryan has a good chance at the podium in 3 throws events. Erick will be there spinning with power for the podium in Discus. And finally, Kia has very probable chance for a top 8 finish in all 4 implements. Go Lakers!