Feb 27, 2017
With a break finally in the rains, Hartnell College track & field teams enjoyed a banner day at the DeAnza Open in Cupertino. DeAnza College will play host to this spring's Northern California Regional Championship and many teams came out over the weekend to get a preview of the facility and competition. As a team, the women placed second overall to host DeAnza College 176 to 146 points. The men came in third behind host DeAnza and Diablo Valley College.Sophomore Alyssa Pochop nearly qualified last year to the CCCAA State Championship in the javelin throw but came up just a two feet short in her final competition in the event. This season she's already booked her ticket to Sacremento in May with her winning mark of 114'3". That mark makes Pochop the fifth best thrower in Hartnell history in the javelin throw. Also surpassing the state automatic qualifying mark early in the season was Andrew Martinez. A former Soledad High School athlete, Martinez took over the state leading mark with his winning 9:48.93 in the 3k steeplechase. A Norcal finalist last year in the event, Martinez lowered his lifetime best by 19 seconds in his debut this season. He is the only athlete in Northern California to complete the event in under 10 minutes so far this spring. The mark was a personal best by 19 seconds. Frosh Haley Romero flirted with a long jump of 18 feet with her season best 17'9.50". Romero also competed in the shot put and javelin competitions for the first time prepping for the Northern California heptathlon championship in April.
The Panther will travel north to Sacramento for the American River College Beaver Relays next Saturday. American River College will be the 2017 CCCAA State Championship host later this spring.