MOSCOW, Idaho -- Competing out of state for the first time in 2021 the Sasquatch track and field squad faced challenges both from mother nature and some of the best teams in the Pacific Northwest at the University of Idaho Invitational at the Dan O’ Brien track complex on Saturday, April 24.
Cold temperatures and wet weather conditions were the norm for the day, yet the Sasquatch faithfully turned in many blue-collar performances as they march toward the final meets of the season. Leading the way for the women’s team Tori Arnold, Alma Manzo, Tressa Wood, Lainey Johnson, and McKenzie Fletcher.
McKenzie Fletcher ran a lifetime best in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.53 and placed fourth against good competition. Her time moves her up to third on the conference performance list. She also placed third in the 400-meter-hurdles and remains ranked first in the conference in the event.
Tori Arnold continues to jump consistently and her 35 feet and 3.75 inches jump was good for second place in the meet. Alma Manzo turned in her best long jump of the season with a leap of 17-feet- and 10.75-inches placing third overall in the meet and moving up into the second spot in the conference.
Tressa Woods continued to show her skill in the middle distances with a six-second improvement in the 1500-meter running 5:04.61 a lifetime best and currently ranking as the second conference performance.
Lainey Johnson finished fourth overall in the 200-meter, running just off her season best with a time of 28.35.
The Sasquatch men had a very good showing with a total of 12 athletes earning top four finishes on the day. Lacking a conference championship meet this season the men are poised to finish as one of the top teams in the Northwest Athletic Conference.
Leading the way for the men were Aster Dotson, Jared Hathaway, and Jabriel Davis all with second place finishes overall. Dotson remained close to his season best in the javelin throw with a toss of 175 feet and 3 inches and remains the top javelin thrower in the conference. Hathaway returned to competition for the first time in the last month in his specialty event of triple jump with a mark of 43 feet and 2.25 inches good for seventh in the conference this year. Davis along with the other Sasquatch jumpers all cleared 5 feet and 11.50 inches with Davis taking second on fewer misses.
Earning third place honors were Anders Nielson, Johan Correa, Jon Watkins, and John Grieshaber. Nielson ran 17:34 in the 5000-meter, Correa equaled his season best in a very quick 1500-meter running a very good 3:56.40 and remains the first ranked performer in the conference this year. Jon Watkins again flirted with breaking the 50 second barrier in the 400-meter with a very good 50.75 in gusty racing conditions. Grieshaber remains consistent in the pole vault with a repeat clearance of 13 feet and 9 inches.
A busy day on the track and in the field proved successful for Jake Schnatter the freshman from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Jake finished fourth overall in the men’s 100-meter in a time of 11.25. In the 200-meter he recorded a season best time running 22.36 good for the third best mark in the conference so far. In the long jump, Jake improved his best mark of the year with a leap of 21 feet and 7 inches which ranks him seventh on the conference performance list.
Also making a return to the track was Demitrius Alford in the 400-meter. Demi finished in fourth place with a solid time of 52.03, the fifth best time in the conference currently.
The men’s weight crew also had several quality events on the day with Bradley Fillis, Aster Dotson, Joey Woodland, Brooks Michaels, Colby Anderson, and Brandon Snider turning in a number of top finishes, season best marks, and some of the top performances in the conference again this week.
Fillis the freshman from Central Valley High School continues his streak of hitting a personal and season best mark for yet another week. This time it came in the hammer throw where he finished fourth overall with a throw of 154 feet and 7 inches and remains in second place in the conference. He followed that up with an equal fourth place finish in the men’s shot put close to his season best with a throw of 48 feet and 4.75 inches.
Dotson as mentioned earlier remains the first ranked javelin thrower in the conference with a leading mark of 178 feet and 10 inches. His teammate and the second place javelin thrower in the conference Joey Woodland returned to action this week with a season best of 166 feet, placing fourth overall in the meet.
Montana freshman Brooks Michaels made his first hammer final of his collegiate career finishing in ninth place. In the shot put Michaels truly shone with a season and lifetime best throw of 44 feet and 1.50 inches an almost four foot improvement on the season. His toss in the shot final, his second of the day is good for the fourth ranked mark in the conference this year.
Colby Anderson had a season best in the hammer throw finishing fifth overall with the current seventh best mark in the NWAC in the event throwing 128 feet and 10 inches. Drew Crosbie placed fifth in the 110-meter-hurdles with his second fastest time of the season running 15.91.
Up next for both teams will be the Buc Scoring Classic hosted by Whitworth University on the Boppell Track. Meet and live link information is available on the Whitworth Athletic website.
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