Last Chance Meet Produces for Panthers

Last Chance Meet Produces for Panthers
With a rained out track event meet a few weeks ago, the Hartnell College track & field team took advantage of the Bob Rush Last Chance Meet at College of San Mateo last Thursday. Several regional qualifying marks and improvements give the Panthers much needed momentum heading into the Coast Conference Championship scheduled for Wednesday at Hartnell College and Saturday at Monterey Peninsula College.

For the second time this season Eduardo Orozco dipped under the four minute barrier in the 1500 meter run to lead an additional seven Panthers to season bests. Orozco won the event in 3:59.72. He towed Andrew Martinez (4:00.92) and Jorge Sanchez (4:01.51) to personal bests. Sergio Coronel was not too far behind in 4:04.29 to lead a second group of Patrick Olson (4:07.49), Adam Alnazer (4:07.81), and Mario Perez, Jr. (4:08.15). Olson and Coronel had the two fastest 800 meter times of the group with 2:00.65 and 2:00.88. Thomas Salao earned a regional provisional qualifying mark in the javelin with his lifetime best 160-6.

Yvette Felix picked the right time to lower her season best in the 800 meters to 2:26.41. She was followed by Elizabeth Hernandez who returned to action after three weeks out with illness (2:29.82), Olivia Jimenez (2:30.85), Jocelyn Cervantes (2:31.91), and Beatriz Duarte (2:32.51). Leslie Oseguera lowered her 5000 meter run best 20:14.15. Haley Romero (15.79) lead fellow Lady Panther Sherise Robinson (16.07) to a top two finish in the 100 meter hurdles. Raquel Legaspi earned a regional qualifying mark in the 400 meter hurdles with a season best 1:12.69.

The Panthers will host the Coast Conference Trials on Wednesday. Events that will be contested as a championship final are long jump, pole vault, javelin, and hammer throw. Field events will start at 2:30pm with trials of running events scheduled for 3:00pm.