Warriors shine at Sunshine Open
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The men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Sunshine Indoor Open track meet this past weekend, the Warriors’ second meet of their indoor season. Contrary to previous years, it was a beautiful sunny day during this meet, when it usually has been a gloomy, rainy day. The Warriors embraced the beautiful weather and put up an incredible fight with outstanding times and a few athletes qualifying for Nationals.
Overall, the Warriors competed well and put up a good fight against the opposing teams including Vanguard University, Santa Barbara City College, Oregon Tech, Fresno Pacific University, and Marymount University, among many others.
Some outstanding winning performances included junior Dana Bowers who qualified for Nationals in pole vault, with an impressive season best of 3.72m. Additionally, freshman Seth Wilmoth also qualified for Nationals with his score of 4.80m.
In the men’s weight throw, senior Eric Wong finished with a throw of 13.93m, while in the women’s weight throw, senior Kristen Germann finished with a throw of 12.49m. Sophomore Jack Dickinson won the men’s discus with a throw of 40.92 m. In the women’s long jump, senior Madison Herrera finished with 5.43m.
In the men’s distance medley relay, Westmont’s sophomore Michael Conant, sophomore Pedro Perez Espino, senior Tyler Bradford, and sophomore Michael Oldach finished with an impressive time of 10:28.96. In the women’s distance medley relay, Westmont also was victorious, with senior Nadine Lara, sophomore Emily Parks, senior Hope Geisinger, and freshman Janna Jensen finishing with a time of 12:33.10.
In the women’s mile run, Westmont’s freshman Grace Hanna finished first with a time of 5:26.32, with senior Nadine Lara right behind her with a time of 5:37.20. In the women’s 600m run, sophomore Emily Parks finished first with the time of 1:36.57. In the men’s 1,000m run, the top four runners were Westmont athletes. Sophomore Michael Oldach finished first with a time of 2:32.46, senior Jacob Grant followed with 2:33.22, senior Tyler Bradford finished with 2:39.92, and in fourth place was sophomore Patrick Malberg with a time of 2:55.16.
While reflecting on the entire meet, freshman Zackary Nelson said, “These past two meets have been a great learning experience for everyone because it was nice seeing everyone compete.” He continued to say that, “We know what we have to work on moving forward in practice, and we are all excited to see where the season is going to go for us.”
This upcoming weekend, Westmont’s men’s and women’s track teams have their first meet on the road at Soka University on Saturday, where they are only taking one bus, with a limited amount of competitors. The time of this meet is yet to be announced.