FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The CSU Bakersfield women's track and team proved it is on the right track by posting faster times and higher marks than in last season's first meet at Saturday's season-opening competition at the Northern Arizona Invitational at the Walkup Skydome.
Roadrunners Sara Nielson (La Quinta, Calif., Riverside CC) and Alyssa Page (Santa Rosa, Calif., Montgomery HS) both posted sixth-place finishes as the top finishers for CSUB. Nielson, in her first meet since suffering a back injury that sidelined her for a large portion of the 2012 season, placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.47 seconds. Page took sixth in the 400-meter run with a time of 58.89 seconds.
"Many of our times and marks are way ahead of where the team was in its first meet last year," said CSUB head coach Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, who made her meet debut with the 'Runners on Saturday. "This was an incredibly positive experience. The women competed fantastic. I couldn't be more proud of them."
Anaiz Ortiz (Jr., Palmdale, Calif., Antelope Valley College) and Kaylee Moyer (Fr., Bakersfield, Calif., North HS), finished seventh and eighth respectively in the one-mile run with times of 5:54.33 and 5:59.84.
Freshman Jamara Scott (Bakersfield, Calif., Golden Valley HS) placed ninth in the long jump after leaping 16 feet, 8 inches to round out the Roadrunners who recorded finishes in the top 10.
Team scores were not kept for the meet.
The 'Runners will compete in their second and final indoor meet on Feb. 17 in the Run For the Dream Invitational in Fresno, Calif. The CSUB women will then be joined by the men for the outdoor season, which begins March 8-9 at the Ben Brown Invitional in Fullerton, Calif.