ATTENTION ALL TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES:
Do not forget to register for both of the Spring Track and Field classes to compete for the 2013 season!
FIRST YEAR ATHLETES: You have to register for the two following classes:
1. CRN #77706 or 90313 PHYE 222 Intercoll. Track and Field (for 1st year athletes only)
2. CRN #70122 PHYE 254A Professional Activities for Track and Field (for 1st year athletes only)
SECOND YEAR ATHLETES: You have to register for the two following classes:
1. CRN #79227 PHYE 223 Intercoll. Track and Field (for 2nd year athletes)
2. CRN #70135 PHYE 254B Professional Activities for Track and Field (for 2nd year athletes only)
Any issues or questions, contact Coach Ross at :firstname.lastname@example.org
The San Diego Mesa College Men's Track team went to Lancaster, CA with one purpose in mind- to bring home the Conference Championship Title. They knew it was not going to be easy, battling adverse conditions and with every other team in the conference gunning for them after their dominant performance in the Foothills Conference Preview in late February, but it made no difference. Let the obstacles come, they would not be deterred; they went out there and got the job done. And didn't look too bad doing it.
Lucas Kodama and Moses Fierro brought home points in the 100m, taking 3rd and 4th respectively, with times of 10.84 and 10.85. They came back later in the meet to rake in more points in the 200m, taking 5th and 6th respectively, with times of 22.33 and 22.50. Next Maurice Strickland took 2nd in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.60. Strickland would prove to have a busy day as he would later jump in the pole vault, soaring to the top of podium claiming first place, followed up by his teammates Evan Bray, Mattia Cimolin and Lucas Ashe who took 4th, 5th and 6th. From the distance squad, Michael Gonia and Deng Akuien took 4th and 6th in the 3000m steeplechase, while freshman Aaron Thomas took 4th in the 5000m run to bring home 4th place points.
Other highlights from the field events include Julian Young taking 2nd in the long jump with a jump of 6.93m. And last, but certainly not least, perhaps one of the strongest performances of the day came from Freshman Stephen Coburn. Not only did he take 1st in the shot put with a mark of 14.86, but he took 1st place in the discus throw, followed up by fellow teammate Julian Alotta in second. His throw, a huge PR to end a great day of competition for SDMC track, ranks him as the #1 discus thrower in the SoCal region.
Deng Akuien had a strong performance in the steeplechase at the Pt. Loma Invitational.
The Mesa track & field team produced a large number of great performances at the Pt. Loma Invitational on Saturday, March 20 including many that rank in the top ten in the Foothill Conference rankings and loads of personal bests. The meet included most of the San Diego area schools including Pt. Loma College, Cal State San Marcos, UCSD, USD, Southwestern College as well as schools from outside of the San Diego area including the Naval Academy.
One of the highlights for Mesa was the performance of the sprint squad. The 4 x 100 relay team of Kenyon Morris, Justin Gibbons, Qualin Simmons and Antonie Jackson finished a very close 2nd place in a time of 42.80. All of these athletes then had success during the rest of the meet including strong times by Qualin Simmons (11.27) and Kenyon Morris (11.29) in the 100 meter dash. Qualin and Kenyon moved to 8th and 9th on the performance list in the Foothill Conference. Kenyon added a 22.55 victory in his heat of the 200 meters which moved him into 7th on the conference list. Qualin won his heat of the 200 with a time of 23.10. In addition, Mesa had two other heat winners in the 200 with Jeremy Langford (23.43) and Chris Montiejunas (23.96) both crossing the line in victory.
The distance team also produced some outstanding performances. Deng Akuien ran a big time PR in his second 3000 meter steeplechase finishing in 3rd place in 9:49.43. Deng's time moved him to 2nd on the Foothill Conference performance list and into 6th place in Southern California. Also moving high onto the conference performance list were Connor Betancourt (15:22.26) and Ryan McMonigle (15:37.72) who moved to 4th and 6th on the 5000 meter list.
Mesa was not to be outdone in the field events as they produced many outstanding marks. These were led by thrower Brandon Jilka who performed well in both the shot put (11.55 m) and discus (33.73 m). These marks moved him to 6th place on the shot put list and 5th place on the discus list in the conference. The Olympians also shone in the triple jump with a tremendous 2nd place finish by Billy Carter, who jumped 12.95 m. Billy's mark moved him to 2nd on the Foothill Conference performance list. Justin Gibbons added a strong performance of 12.33 meters, moving him into 6th place on the conference list.
Next up for Mesa is a home meet with the other San Diego area community colleges on Thursday, April 1.
Qualin Simmons had a productive day in the relays and long jump at the Foothill Conference Relays
The Men's track team took 5th overall in Friday's Foothill Athletic Conference Relays. The team had outstanding individual performances which contributed significantly to the team's overall success. Impressively, minutes after an exulting sprinting leg in the 4x200m, Qualin Simmons was able to add another inch to his exceptional early season mark in the long jump from last week's competition. Simmons again earned 2nd place in the long jump with a leap of 20'8.5.” Moreover, Christian Jacobs had intimidating throws as he posted imposing marks of 39'6.25” in the shot put and 109'2.5” in the discus wearing ‘low top Chuck Taylors.' Jacobs earned 3rd and 4th place in his events. Justin Gibbons had an impressive early season mark of 5'10” in the high jump and received 4th place.
On the track the action focused mostly on relay competition. Mesa's top finish was a second in the 4 x 200 relay. They also recorded a 6th place finish in the distance medley and a 7th place finish in the sprint medley. The team will divide up for the next competion with the distance runners going to the Oxy Distance Carnival and the rest of the team competing at the Aztec Invitational.