Panthers Keep Pace at Hot Sequoias Relays

Sophomore Andrew Martinez sets the pace in the 1500 meters.
Sophomore Andrew Martinez sets the pace in the 1500 meters.
The Hartnell College track and field team headed inland to Visalia for the College of the Sequoias Relays held at the Mineral King Bowl. With Southern California powers Riverside College and Mt. San Antonio College in attendance, it provided a rare affair to compete with athletes from the southern region of the state.

Alyssa Pochop won her third consecutive javelin competition with a new personal best 114'8". The javelin competition was shortened due to time and Pochop was only awarded the preliminary three throws. Pochop also recorded a season best in the hammer throw (133'11"). The women's 4x100 meter relay team of Leilani Russell, Sherise Robinson, Haley Romero, and Bailee Rusconi lowered their season best to 49.66 to inch closer to becoming one of the few quartets to go under 49 seconds. They are currently ranked fifth in Northern California and ninth all-time. Romero also lowered her season best in the 100 meter hurdles to 15.47 placing second in the competition. The time moves her to ninth all-time. Rachel Legaspi and Adriana Jimenez ran almost identical times int the 400 meter low hurdles with their 1:14.26 and 1:14.28 season bests. Marissa Gonzalez enjoyed a season best in the javelin 97'5".

Sophomores Oscar Mora and Andrew Martinez lead the Panthers in the middle distances. Mora ran just ahead of Martinez 4:04.39 to 4:05.64 in the 1500 meters for season bests for both. Martinez lead the Panthers in the 800 meters with a season best 2:02.16 with fellow Panther Sergio Coronel right behind at 2:02.76. The men's 4x100 meter relay of Norman Napolitano, Jordan Rodriguez, Thomas Salao, and Joziah Garcia almost cracked the 43 second barrier with a season best 43.05. Frosh David Thompson lowered his season best 110 high hurdles to 16.99.

The Panthers will host their annual Ed Adams Invitational starting Friday, March 24th with a day one multi-event competition followed by men's and women's 10,000 meter runs and continue Saturday, March 25th.