CLOVIS, Calif. – Another strong set of performances for CSU Bakersfield’s men’s and women’s track and field teams came on Saturday, Apr. 22, as the Roadrunners excelled at the Bulldog Open hosted by Fresno State.
“It was another great day,” said Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, Director of Track and Field at CSUB. “We had a lot of personal bests and lots of movement on the depth charts. I’m really excited about how the team is performing right now.”
Freshman Falon Wilson lowered her personal record in the 100m dash by an impressive margin of .17 seconds on Saturday. The native of Bakersfield finished the race in 12.04 seconds and is now tied for seventh all-time in CSUB’s history. Wilson could become the first ‘Runner to go under 12 seconds since 1983, when her mother, Andralette (Gill) Wilson, set the current school record at 11.56. Wilson is also now in the Top 10 in the Western Athletic Conference this season.
Fellow freshman Mariah LeSure also posted a new PR on Saturday with a mark of 12.26 in the 100m. Lesure is now 15th all-time for the ‘Runners in the event.
Another freshman from Bakersfield, Paradise Pelzer, lowered her PR in the 3000m steeplechase by over 30 seconds to 11:53.78 to win the event on Saturday. Pelzer’s mark makes her fifth all-time in CSUB history. Senior Tori Blackmon finished second behind her teammate with a 29-second PR of her own. Blackmon’s time of 12:05.78 moved the Bakersfield native to seventh all-time for the ‘Runners.
Junior Angel Valdez placed sixth in the 3000m race with a six-second PR (10:28.28). Valdez is 10th in CSUB history while freshman Alejandra Frausto also posted a personal best of 10:58.43 and is now less than 10 seconds outside of CSUB’s Top 20 list.
Junior Susannah Vera came up just a quarter inch short of her personal best in the high jump while posting a season-best mark of 5-03.00 in Clovis. The height moves the native of Indio, Calif. up to eighth in the WAC so far this year. Freshman Julianne Finch posted her second-best mark of the season in the pole vault to finish second overall. Finch’s best jump reached 11-11.75 on Saturday.
In the first attempt at the event of the season, CSUB’s 4x100m relay team posted a time of 47.94, nearly a whole second better than CSUB’s fastest run a year ago. The quartet consisted of Wilson, redshirt senior Marina Emhoff, LeSure, and Vera.
Junior Tristan Watson lowered his personal best in the 110m hurdles to 14.76 in a third-place finish. The mark moves Watson out of a tie with his father, Johnny Watson (1990), and up to 15th all-time for the ‘Runners. Fellow junior Alec Benavides was just one place behind Watson at 14.95, a new PR that ranked him 19th at CSUB. In the javelin, Benavides earned his third victory of the season, this time by 14 feet, with a toss of 184-04.
Redshirt sophomore Ar’reon Molina lowered his personal best in the 400m to 50.89 with a fifth-place finish. Freshman Curt Threlkeld placed fifth overall in the 800m dash with a time of 1:53.70, his second-best time of the year.
CSUB’s high jump trio swept the top three spots in the high jump. The 'Runners all posted the same height of 6-04.75, but junior Joselito Flores took the win as he hit his mark on the first attempt. Justin McKinley was second, clearing the height on his second leap while Tim Van Horn needed all three jumps to clear the bar and finish third.
Watson (22.54), Molina (22.73) and DeMario Brown, Jr. (22.87) all lowered their personal best times in the 200m dash on Saturday. Watson’s mark was good enough for fifth in Clovis.
Next week, the Roadrunners will return to Clovis, Calif. for the Fresno State Invitational. The one-day meet will be held on Saturday, Apr. 29, and will feature another full day of competition for CSU Bakersfield and the field. Full results from this weekend's meet will attached here when they are made available.