Orozco and Mora Get State Autos Over Weekend

Orozco and Mora Get State Autos Over Weekend

The Hartnell College track & field squad split in half this past weekend with distance runners taking on some of the best competition they could find at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the rest of the squad looking to improve in lane races and in the field at the Chabot Invitational. Friday's distance meet was highlighted by four state automatic qualifying marks and multiple season bests. On Saturday in Hayward, there was one state automatic mark earned along with several season bests.

Sophomore Jorge Sanchez solidified himself as a state championship contender in both the 5000m and 10,000m with his lifetime personal best 14:47.37 in the 5000m. His time was a heat winner by three seconds and moved the former Alvarez Eagle into the fourth best mark in school history trailing state champions Diego Leon, Daniel Tapia, and school record holder at 1500m Cristian Soratos. Oscar Mora, Jr. earned a state qualifying berth with his 15:11.85 which makes him the third best performer in Northern California. Andrew Martinez (15:14.86) and Edgar Bonilla (15:17.17) were right behind with Martinez picking up a State "B" mark. Williams Ordaz clocked a season best 15:34.02 in his heat with Sergio Coronel doubling back from his 1500 meter personal best (4:05.38) with a lifetime 5000m best of 15:45.26. Yvette Felix inched herself closer to the joining state champion Malena Grover as the only females to cover 5000 meters in under 18 minutes. Felix lowered her best to 18:10.88 to become the sixth best performer in school history. Beatriz Duarte also set a lifetime best in her heat at 19:10.50 moving her to fifteenth all-time and fourth in Northern California. Edgar Bonilla also ran 3:57.76 in the 1500 meters. Jonathan Saldana earned a state automatic mark in the 3000 meter steeplechase in just his second attempt in the event. His time was 9:52.19. His teammate Jose Ruiz earned a State "B" mark with his lifetime best 9:56.85. Both Saldana and Ruiz move into the top 20 all-time for the steeplechase event.

At the Chabot Invitational, Eduardo Orozco stole the show with a solo 3:58.26 mark in the 1500 meters that saw him win by over 11 seconds and dip under the state automatic mark. His time is second only to teammate Edgar Bonilla in Northern California.Orozco was also the winner of the 5000 meters in a lifetime best 15:30.55. Chelsea Andrade earned a state "B" mark in the hammer throw pushing her personal best to 140-5. Tyrell Windam enjoyed a solid 22.98 personal best in the 200 meters and also helped the 4x100 relay team of Jordan Rodriguez, Norman Napolitano, and Joziah Garcia set a season best 42.70. Angel Mejia, Jr. (4:13.79) and Louis Leon (4:25.44) were both heat winners with season bests in the 1500 meters. Mejia doubled nicely with a season best 15:51.00 and Leon dipping under 16 minutes for the first time ever (15:59.37). Randy Dorion lead the Panther 400 meter hurdlers with a season best 63.70. David Thompson cleared an important 5-8 in the high jump in just his second competition in the event. Marissa Gonzalez improved on her pole vault clearing 9-0 for the first time this season and inching closer to the conference leader. Alyssa Sanchez (20:13.19) lead the Lady Panthers in the 5000 meter run with Leslie Oseguera (20:16.16), Tanya Campos (20:32.63), and Elizabeth Hernandez (20:53.85)  all running well. Stephanie Santoyo improved in the 400 meter hurdles (1:15.97).

The Panthers will travel over spring break to the Santa Barbara Open at Santa Barbara City College on Friday, April 14th.