CLOVIS, Calif. – CSU Bakersfield's men's and women's track and field teams closed out the regular season with another strong set of performances at the Fresno State Invitational on Saturday.
“It was a pretty solid day,” said Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, Director of Track and Field at CSUB. “Gabe got a personal best in the 400 hurdles. Curtis got a personal best in the 800 and Falon and got a PR in the 100 hurdles. Mariah got two personal bests today and Angel won the 5k with a personal best under very hot conditions. Tristan and Alec were right at their PRs in the 110 hurdles. I'm pleased with the outing and look forward to the conference meet.”
Freshman Curt Threlkeld finished third in the 800m race with another personal record time (1:52.37). Threlkeld improved his previous best by almost a whole second, now has the ninth-fastest time in CSUB history, and is a tenth of a second behind the second-best in the WAC this year.
Redshirt sophomore Gabe Gaeta reset his PR in the 400m hurdles by half a second in a third-place finish at the Fresno State Invite. Gaeta ran the race in 53.28, a time which moves the Bakersfield native to 11th in CSUB history. The mark also ranks Gaeta second in the WAC this season.
A week after lowering his personal record to 14.76 in the 110m hurdles, Tristan Watson finished third with a time of 14.79. Alec Benavides was close behind at 14.96 in fifth, just .01 seconds off of his PR from a week ago as well. Benavides also finished third in the javelin with a throw of 185-00, his third-best of the season.
Freshman Nick Zandes was the third-fastest ‘Runner in the 110m hurdles with a new PR of 15.64 as he prepares for the WAC decathlon. Zandes also placed fifth in the pole vault with his second-best height of the year (14-03.25).
Redshirt sophomore Ar'reon Molina lowered his 400m PR for the second-straight meet, posting a time of 50.66. In their first 4x100 relay of the season, the ‘Runners finished fourth with a time of 42.73. The mark ranks CSUB's quartet of Gaeta, Justin McKinley, Joselito Flores, and Watson fourth in the WAC this season.
Freshman Falon Wilson posted a huge personal record in the 100m hurdles, lowering her previous best by almost a quarter of a second to 14.47. The finish was good enough for ninth in Clovis, ninth in the WAC this season, and seventh in CSUB's history. Wilson also ran her second-best 100m dash of the season at 12.13 to finish fourth.
Mariah LeSure was close behind Wilson in the 100m dash at 12.15, a new PR by more than a tenth of a second. The time tied the freshman for ninth in CSUB's Top 20. LeSure went on PR in the 200m as well, posting a time of 25.27 to finish 11th. She improved her previous best by almost a quarter of a second and is now less than two tenths of a second outside of CSUB's Top 20 list.
Junior Angel Valdez led the ‘Runners in the 5000m race, posting a new best time of 18:16.12. Her new PR was more than 12 seconds fastest than her previous best as the Bakersfield native moved to 10th all-time for CSUB with the victory in Clovis.
Junior Micaiah Lugo placed third in the hammer throw with a new PR of 161-08. The throw improved her previous best by six inches as Lugo remains eighth in CSUB history and sixth in the WAC this year. Freshman Julianne Finch posted a mark of 11 feet, 11.75 inches in the pole vault for the second-straight week, her second-best height of the year.
Freshman Paradise Pelzer paced the CSUB distance ‘Runners with a 10th-place finish in the 1500m (5:04.06). Sonia Holguin was the second ‘Runner to cross the line with a four-second PR (5:11.25). Redshirt senior Ariana Mariscal posted a season-best in the 800m by three seconds (2:26.06) to finish 10th.
The Roadrunners have concluded the regular season and will have next week off before heading to Edinburg, Texas for the 2017 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. The four-day meet will span May 10-13 with the first two days featuring the heptathlon and decathlon.
Full results from Saturday's Fresno State Invitational are linked above. CSUB's men won 2-of-6 while the 'Runner women won 1-of-5.