Winning weekend for Westmont track team

Annika Bahnsen, Staff Writer

As the cold finally starts to dissipate and the sun is warming up, many spring athletes are enjoying the ability to compete in our wonderful Santa Barbara weather. Some of the teams embracing the sunshine include the men’s and women’s track and field teams. 

The track teams hosted the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) indoor meet at Thorrington Field on Friday and Saturday. Vanguard University, William Jessup University and Warner Pacific University were in attendance, creating a fun and competitive weekend for the athletes. Many events took place at the meet, each giving all of the athletes an opportunity to show off their hard work. 

Westmont came out on top, finishing first of the four teams who competed. Many of the Warriors had really impressive results, aiding in the win.

“The whole team really approached the meet with a spirit of competitiveness and, as a result of that, the performances all across the board were amazing!” Redshirt first-year Madden Hundley exclaimed while describing the successful meet. She came in first during the one-mile run.

For the women, many athletes stood out among the competition. Redshirt third-year Kristen Mohrhoff was first in her 600-meter run, giving the Warriors a leap in the standings. Right behind her in the same race was Callie Guthrie, a redshirt second-year. Another addition came from first-year Kacie Kwan, who came in first in her 1000-meter race. In the long jump competition, captain and fourth-year Tori Davis came in first place, helping fuel some motivation for the rest of the day. Overall, the women really powered through with a positive result.

For the men, there were big stand-out performances. Second-year Jarad Harper was first in the 200-meter dash, propelling the Warriors more comfortably into first. Some other first place finishes came from redshirt third-year William Warner in the 600-meter run, third-year Jason Peterson in the 1000-meter run, and first-year Adam King in the one-mile run. 

One of the best performances of the meet came from the men’s 4×800 race. This team consisted of King, Peterson, second-year John Baker and second-year Daniel Rubin. They qualified for nationals and dropped 13 seconds on their personal record. This success kept the Warriors as the top contender in the meet against the other schools. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the athletes had to follow strict protocols in order for the race to happen and no spectators were in attendance. Hundley commented on the atmosphere switch these policies created:

“There is something about a crowd of people cheering you on and watching you that makes a race feel all the more exciting.” She continued, “I will have to say it is definitely really strange to wear a mask up to the start line.”

Even with the COVID-19 rules in place, the track athletes are looking forward to their next meets, hoping to stay on top of all the competition. 

The Westmont track team will compete March 4-6 at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in Brookings, South Dakota. 

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