Throwers Lead the Way at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational
CLAREMONT, Calif - Apr. 14 - The track and field team spent another weekend in California as the Thunderbirds competed at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday. Several athletes broke into Southern Utah's top-ten records while also qualifying for the upcoming Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championship.
Jennika Wright led the way for the throwers with a first-place finish in the shot put and second-place finish in the discus. Wright's shot put mark of 46-2 improves her previous fourth-place Southern Utah record by four inches, while her discus mark of 150-5 ranks sixth in the school records and qualifies her for a berth at the conference championship. Rylee Mulitalo and Whitney Singleton followed Wright in the shot put, placing second and third with respective marks of 44-2.75 and 43-4.25.
Mulitalo also recorded a fifth-place mark of 136-11 in the discus throw, while Sadi Hoyt led the women in the hammer throw with a third-place mark of 160-10. Whitney Fairbanks represented the women in the javelin with a mark of 127-10, placing fifth in the event.
Jayson Kovar led the male throwers at Pomona-Pitzer, tying for third place in the shot put with a toss of 51-5.5 and placing ninth in the discus throw with a mark of 160-10.
The Thunderbird sprinters were led once again by Shaun Murray and Preston Myers as each athlete placed fourth in his respective event. Murray's 100-meter time of 10.49 ranks sixth in the school records and qualifies for the Big Sky championship while Myers' 200-meter time of 21.36 falls only 0.6 seconds behind his top-ten record of 21.30. Both sprinters also raced in the 4x100-meter relay, along with Kodai Kusano and Jeff Alley, and the team placed fourth with a fifth-best Southern Utah time of 41.43. Southern Utah's 4x400-meter relay team placed third with a time of 3:18.95 and included Murray, Tyson Boyer, Dallin Tavoian and Arnold Carrillo.
Shaye Maurer led the sprinters on the women's side, finished seventh in the 100-meter dash with a personal best time of 11.96. Maurer's time also qualifies for the conference championship and ties for second place in Southern Utah's all-time records. Denaya Morin, Mayra Franco, Lindsay Terry and T'Keyah Johnson made up the women's 4x100-meter relay team, which placed third with a time of 47.58.
Kirsten Bradford led the distance team with a third-place 1,500-meters time of 4:29.32, ranking sixth in Southern Utah's record books. She was followed by Danielle Jewkes (4:30.71) in fifth place and Jamie Smith (4:34.78) in 13th place. Smith's time also qualifies for a berth at the championship. Kaylee Coates placed eighth in the 800-meters with a time of 2:13.01, followed by Aubrey Bryson in 11th place with a qualifying time of 2:14.44.
The men were led by Ryan Barrus in the 1,500-meter run with a seventh-place time of 3:53.49. Barrus also broke into the school records, ranking 10th in the event. Jon Lee also recorded a top Southern Utah finish at Pomona-Pitzer, placing ninth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.59.
Stephen Wilson and Shaye Maurer led the jumpers in Saturday's meet, competing in the men's long jump and women's high jump respectively. Wilson placed seventh in the long jump with a mark of 22-5.75, while Maurer tied for seventh in the high jump with a height of 5-3.
The T-Birds will be back in action next weekend as the team travels to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The meet is set to take place Apr. 18-20.