CLAREMONT, Calif. – Several personal bests and a few spots on the CSU Bakersfield track and field all-time Top 20 lists were claimed by the Roadrunner men and women during Saturday’s competition at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
“I thought we had a good meet today,” said Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, CSUB’s Director of Track and Field. “Tim moved up on the depth chart and won the high jump. Falon had a huge personal best in the long jump. Gabe moved up the depth chart with a personal best in the 400 hurdles and AJ set a personal best to move up a few spaces on the depth chart in the 5000. Our student-athletes in the hammer throw also set personal bests.”
Sophomore Tim Van Horn improved his personal best in the high jump to 6-11.50, moving the native of Gilroy, Calif. to a tie for fifth all-time in CSUB history. The mark was good enough for a win in Claremont, besting 27 other men on Saturday. Van Horn also now holds the outright high jump lead in the WAC this season.
Gabe Gaeta, a redshirt sophomore, finished fifth of 29 men in the 400m hurdles with a new best time of 53.91. The finish moved Gaeta up one spot to 14th on CSUB’s depth chart in the event and is the third-best time in the conference this season.
Justin McKinley improved his PR in the triple just by almost three feet with a mark of 45-00.25. The distance leaves the senior just under seven inches outside of the CSUB Top 20 list. Junior Joselito Flores paced the ‘Runner jumping trio in the long jump with a mark of 21-05.25 to finish 12th of 45 men.
Freshman Curt Threlkeld posted a new PR and CSUB’s best time of the season in the 400m at 48.73. The mark is the second-best in the Western Athletic Conference this season and was good enough for sixth among 64 men in Claremont. Threlkeld also posted a time of 1:53.80 in the 800m, less than a second off of his personal best, to finish 16th of 115.
Tristan Watson ran a time of 14.97 in the 110m hurdles, just one tenth of a second off of his personal best in the event. The junior placed ninth overall among 33 men on Saturday. Close behind Watson was fellow junior Alec Benavides, who lowered his PR in the event to 15.25 to finish 12th. Watson also lowered his PR in the 200m to 22.59 later in the day.
Redshirt senior Emmett Wirtz improved his shot put PR by just over six inches to 44-09.50. Wirtz finished 10th of 49, just one spot ahead of sophomore Luis Mendez (44-01.25). The redshirt senior went on to PR again in the hammer throw with a toss of 160-08, third-best in the WAC this season. Mendez also posted a new best in the discus with a best throw of 134-05.
Junior Alex Raya finished the 5000m race in 16:10.04, improving his previous best in the event by nearly 30 seconds on Saturday.
In her first collegiate attempt at the long jump, freshman Falon Wilson posted a best mark of 18-03.25. The jump was the best for CSUB this season by over two feet and the best for a ‘Runner since 2008. Wilson’s mark is now the 16th-best in CSUB history and the sixth-best in the WAC this season.
Junior Micaiah Lugo improved her personal best in the hammer throw by 10 feet on Saturday with a mark of 161-02. The throw was good enough for ninth at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, moves Lugo to eighth all-time for the ‘Runners, and gives the native of Oxnard, Calif. the sixth-best mark in the WAC this year. Lugo went on to post a season-best result in the discus as well (128-05), finishing seventh of 42 in that event.
Junior Angel Valdez posted a new personal best in the 1500m race with a time of 4:58.77. The time lowered Valdez’s PR by over five seconds while, just two places behind her, was freshman Paradise Pelzer with a two-second PR (4:59.54).
Freshman Mariah LeSure led the ‘Runners in the 200m dash with a new personal best of 25.61. The time was almost half a second better than her previous best mark.
Alejandra Frausto posted a new PR in the 5000m race with a time of 19:03.39. The mark was almost 16 seconds better than her previous best and moved the freshman up two spots to 18th all-time for the 'Runners.
The Roadrunners will head to Cal State LA’s Twilight Open, Apr. 12-13, for a two-day meet. The ‘Runners throwers will open the competition Wednesday night with a pair of events before the rest of the squad joins them for a busy meet on Thursday.