Track ready for GSAC
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This past weekend was a packed one for the Westmont Track and Field team. While freshman Pieter Top and senior Becky Collier stayed at Westmont to compete in the Sam Adams Multi-Event Invitation, the rest of the Warriors team traveled to Claremont to compete at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
At Sam Adams, Collier, the defending national champion in the women’s heptathlon, finished seventh with a total of 4,742 points, the second highest score in the NAIA. Collier also holds the number one score in the nation at 4,839, set earlier this season at the Jim Klein Multi. Top finished in seventh as well, with a score of 6,086, currently ranked second in the NAIA. The highlight of the meet, however, was world-class. Derek Drouin, the defending Olympic Gold Medalist in the high jump, competed in his inaugural decathlon at the Sam Adams Invite, and during the competition, broke the world record in the decathlon high jump with a jump of 2.28 meters (7’5 ¾”). Drouin scored 7,150 points and finished in fourth.
Meanwhile, at Pomona-Pitzer, the rest of the Westmont track and field team competed in the prestigious Pomona-Pitzer Invite, a meet that boasted over 1,500 athletes from all over the nation. Westmont athletes took home wins and posted an impressive number of personal bests. With the GSAC Conference Meet only three weeks away, the Warriors took advantage of the highly competitive atmosphere of the meet and continue to work steadily towards the team goal of capturing conference titles.
“The team did well all around, with quite a few PR’s recorded in field and track events, and handled the competition really well overall,” said Hope Geisinger, who recorded a half-second PR in the 800m run. “I think we did a good job of rising up to the competition and leaving all the other stresses of school and life behind. I’m proud of our team.”
Going into the conference championships, Geisinger said, “This meet pushed the whole team in the right direction as we look forward to GSAC. We were able to either look at mistakes we’ve made and process how to implement changes in the coming weeks, or to feel proud of changes already implemented. I feel like our team got even better prepared, and everyone is ready to do their part in order to win a title.”
The Warriors will compete this weekend at the Santa Barbara Easter relays, hosted at Santa Barbara City College, their last competition before the conference meet. Westmont men’s track and field is hoping to win a fifth straight championship, and the women’s second in three years. The GSAC Conference Championship will be hosted at Westmont on Apr. 27 and 28.