Redlands Track & Field Garners Quality Marks at Second SCIAC Multi-Dual Meet

Redlands Track & Field Garners Quality Marks at Second SCIAC Multi-Dual Meet

The University of Redlands track & field program hosted the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Multi-Dual No. 2 on Ashel Cunningham Track inside of Ted Runner Stadium on Saturday.  While scoring against three foes, the Bulldog women earned a 129-20 win over Chapman and an 87-75 victory against the University of La Verne, but lost to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges by a score of 55-107.  The men easily defeated Chapman, 125-18, but came up short against CMS (61-100) and La Verne (49-113).

Overall, the Bulldogs put together a solid meet with career-best marks and top times among NCAA Division III for this season. 

Among the women's highlights, sophomore Kaylee Jorgensen (Claremont, CA) uncorked a career-best time of 2:18.54 in the 800 Meters to take first place, while junior Jessika Snincsak (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) won the 3000 Steeplechase with her time of 12:17.57.  Sophomore Mandy Widen (Vail, AZ) earned a first-place height of 11' 5 ¾" in the Pole Vault.

In addition, senior Lauren Roberts (Portland, OR) took second in the 5000 Meters with a time of 19:08.18.  Junior Alison Smith (McKinleyville, CA) unleashed a second-place showing in the 100 Hurdles by crossing the finish line in 15.28.  Finally, sophomore Vanessa Blanchard (Palmdale, CA) took second in the High Jump with a height of 5'1".

The 4x100 Relay of sophomore Courtney Crain (Happy Valley, CA), junior Jasmine Ramos (Santa Fe Springs, CA), freshman Kara Romani (Sacramento, CA), and Smith earned a time of 49.16 to finish second overall.

The men impressed in the sprinting events, with senior Joey Colucci (San Jose, CA) firing off the second-fastest time in all of NCAA Division III for the current season, when he won the 100 Meters in 10.70.  Junior Myles Speegle (Castro Valley, CA) closely followed in second place with a time of 10.80, which ranks him sixth in the nation.

Colucci continued to shine with his career-best time of 21.52 to take second in the 200 and place him fifth among Division III.

Sophomore Afari La-Anyane (Morgan Hill, CA) and freshman Nathan Munoz (Rio Rancho, NM) teamed up for a solid outing in the 110 Hurdles, earning first and second place, respectively.  La-Anyane's career-best time of 14.82 lands him eighth in the nation, while Munoz closely followed in 15.02.

Senior Pekthra Chhor (Loma Linda, CA) and freshman Nick Burchett (Gold River, CA) continued the Bulldogs' quality performances in the hurdles by taking first and third in the 400 Hurdles.  Chhor now ranks 23rd in Division III with a career-best time of 55.11, while Burchett also ran a career-best mark when he crossed the finish line in 56.90.

The 4x100 Relay of freshman Luke Bohlinger (Mercer Island, WA), Colucci, Speegle, and Munoz fired off a second-place time of 41.53 to now rank third in the country.  The 4x400 Relay of Bohlinger, Burchett, sophomore Sean Unger (Carlsbad, CA), and Chhor finished second with a time of 3:29.52.

Highlighting the field events, freshmen Michael Sahagun (Rosemead, CA) and Matthew Hayashi (Hacienda Heights, CA) each registered third-place showings in different throwing events.  Sahagun uncorked a career-best heave of 132' 5" in the Discus Throw, while Hayashi launched a career-best mark in the Shot Put of 43' 4 ½".

Redlands heads to the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m.