Track and field hosts Sunshine Open

Mireille Minassian, Staff Writer

This past weekend, Westmont hosted its second track and field meet of the season: the Sunshine Open. The Warriors continue to fight their way through the unprecedented season as both the men and women collected some significant wins. While various non-conference teams were included in the meet, the Warriors competed against some Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) teams as well. The GSAC teams participating included Vanguard, William Jessup, The Masters, and Hope International. 

On the women’s side, some of the most notable wins included claiming first place in the distance medley, whose quad consisted of second-year Madden Hundley, fourth-year Casey Jensen, second-year Callie Guthrie and first-year Kacie Kwan. First-year Reagan Crain placed second in the pole vault, and fourth-year Tori Davis placed second in the long jump.

Furthermore, first-year heptathlete Lily Sween had an impressive performance, placing second in the 60-meter hurdles indoor pentathlon, the high jump indoor pentathlon, and the shot put indoor pentathlon. Sween came in first place in the long jump indoor pentathlon.

Looking to the future, Sween said, “My goal for the season is to be a national champion in the women’s heptathlon.” It is without a doubt that Sween has a bright future ahead of her, and the Warriors will cheer her on all the way!

In terms of the men’s side, they, too, had some significant wins. Third-year Jarad Harper placed fourth in the 60-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.25. Fourth-year Will Warner placed second in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:25.67.

When asked about the strengths of this meet, Warner spoke on behalf of the team, claiming, “Collectively, I think we had a strong showing as a team and were getting used to competition. For some, this was another meet of attempting new personal bests and improving marks in the previous meet. Others were coming into season for various reasons and it was a good weekend of competition for our runners.”

As a fourth-year runner, Warner has his own goals to achieve, saying, “Missing last season has certainly given me some extra motivation to succeed and come with an increased sense of strength and focus on competing this season.” Will is not the only athlete experiencing this extra motivation to make the most of the season. 

The Westmont men excelled in the 800-meter run with runner John Baker placing second and fourth-year runner Chris Hanessian placing fourth. In the 1000-meter run, Jason Peterson placed first and Adam King placed first in the mile run. The Westmont men placed first in the 4×800-meter relay and first in the distance medley, with the same impressive quad consisting of John Baker, Daniel Rubin, Adam King and Jason Peterson. Lastly, to top off the list, Westmont’s Seth Wilmoth placed first in the pole vault. 

The Warriors will host the GSAC (Golden State Athletic Conference) Indoor Invitational this coming weekend, in hopes of advancing in their personal and team goals of moving onto the National Championships. Go Warriors! 

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