[Corvallis, Oregon] The meet certainly lived up to its name for the Sasquatch track and field teams this past week on Whyte Track on the OSU campus on Friday and Saturday. Numerous season and personal bests were achieved over the two-day meet where temperatures topped eighty degrees both days.
Leading the charge was freshman Lizbeth Soto, already the NWAC leader in the long jump and 200m, Soto claimed the top spot in the conference in the 400m by blazing the track in a new best of 59.20 seconds. In the 4 x 100 relay Soto anchored the team to another season best for the squad, running 50.74 in the event. Not yet done for the day Soto once again anchored the 4 x 400 relay to the top time in the conference running 4:07.97.
Miranda Irwin also had a busy yet successful day that included running legs on both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays along with teammate Liz Soto, Madison Douglas and Camille Ussher. Irwin set a new season best in the 400 hurdles running 1:07. 65 currently the third best time in the conference.
Madison Douglas seems fully recovered from an injury that has kept her on the sidelines these past four weeks. A key player in the relays just missed her season best in the 400m, running a solid time of 1:03.01 good enough for the seventh best time in the conference.
In the women’s 800m Sophie Ferraro turned in the fourth fastest time in the conference so far this year running 2:26.12
Isabella Carpenter also reached a season best in the discus throw hitting a toss of 117’2” good for ninth on the conference list.
On the men’s side not surprisingly one of the best overall athletes in the NWAC once again rose to the top in his signature event the men’s high jump. Jaxson Nichols simply dominated the competition by clearing a conference leading and personal best 6’ 10.75” winning the event over all other divisions represented. This jump would place him in the fourth spot on the National Junior College Performance List and amazing accomplishment. The NWAC season long leader also climbs into the fourth spot on the CCS All -Time list for this event.
Another student athlete having a breakout race was Montana freshman Christian Hansen in the men’s 100m. Hansen reached a new personal and season best by breaking the eleven second barrio for the first time in his career running a super-fast 10.94 good for the fourth best time in the conference so far. Hansen was rewarded with the NWAC’s Men’s Track Athlete of the Week award for his efforts.
On the distance side of the track. The men’s 5k was held late on Friday night in the Distance Carnival portion of the meet which was run in the evening due to the extreme temperatures. Luke Hurd had a huge break out performance recording a personal and season best of 15:29.39. Good for the second fastest time in the conference this year. The men’s distance crew will play a huge factor in the team scoring at the NWAC Championships May 22-23 at Mt. Hood CC.
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