Napolitano and Villareal Score at Dec Championship

Napolitano and Villareal Score at Dec Championship
The Hartnell College track & field team was busy during the spring break week with multi-event athletes heading north to Santa Rosa for the Northern California Multi-event Championship on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Panthers also headed south to Santa Barbara for the SBCC Easter Open at picturesque La Playa Stadium on Friday. Freshman Sherise Robinson was the highlight of the week with a near victory in the heptathlon championship in just her first full seven event competition. With personal bests in the 100 hurdles (16.55), high jump (4-8.25), shot put (26-4.50), javelin (91-5) and a victory in the 800 meters (2:30.99), Robinson came within 73 points of the victory. Her total score of 3951 is the twelfth best in school history and just missed breaking the 4000 point barrier. Robinson's second place finish ensures the freshman from North Salinas High School will have the opportunity to compete in the CCCAA Championship May 19-20 at American River College. Also competing the heptathlon was fellow frosh Haley Romero who totaled 3362 to place eleventh in her first multi-event competition. In the men's decathlon championship, sophomore Norman Napolitano used the strength of his lifetime best 14-7.25 in the pole vault to place fifth overall in the ten event competition. Freshman Clemente Villareal enjoyed a solid first showing with an eighth place scoring finish.

At the Santa Barbara Easter Open, the men's 4x100 meter relay team of Thomas Salao, Jordan Rodriguez, Tyrell Windham, and Joziah Garcia were victorious with a season best 42.69. Garcia also enjoyed a lifetime best in the 400 meters (49.51) which moves him into the top 10 in Northern California. Andrew Martinez placed second in the 3000 meter steeplechase in a lifetime best 9:43.47 which moves him to second in Northern California and ninth best in school history. Eduardo Orozco lead five Panthers in the 800 meters with his 1:57.00 second place finish. Adam Alnazer (1:58.62), Sergio Coronel (2:00.18), Andrew Martinez (2:01.54), and Oscar Mora, Jr. (2:02.04) all ran season bests. Jorge Sanchez lowered his season best in the 1500 meters (4:03.57) and was followed closely by Angel Mejia, Jr. (4:05.56). Freshman Patrick Olson at 4:09.75 was also a heat winner and qualified provisionally to the Norcal Trials in the 1500 meters. Tyrell Windham was a heat winner in the 200 meters (22.74) and lead Jordan Rodriguez (22.79) and Joziah Garcia (22.83) all under the 23 second barrier. Nate Mora had a season best 123-4 in the hammer throw.

On the women's side, Haley Romero returned to the long jump runway just  two days after the heptathlon to soar to a season best 17-11.75 to move into a seventh place tie all-time. Romero is looking to become just one of six women in Hartnell history to long jump over 18 feet. Yvette Tavarez lowered her 3000 meter steeplechase time by 39 seconds to 12:50.17 to move to eighth best in Northern California. She also qualified provisionally in the 5000 meter run (20:13.18). Sherise Robinson placed second in the 400 meters (59.08). Leslie Oseguera ran a season best in the 800 meters (2:31.95).

The Panthers will compete next at the Bob Rush Last Chance Meet at the College of San Mateo on Thursday, April 20th