Fling Hits State Auto at DVC HOF Classic

Hartnell runner being followed by three American River College runners
Sophomore Nick Merillana leads the 1500 meters at the DVC HOF Classic

Competing for the first time this season with fair weather, the Hartnell Panther women produced some of the best marks in the state at the Diablo Valley College Hall of Fame Classic in Concord. The meet attracted many of the top programs in Northern California. A top mark for Northern California was produced in the pole vault by Panther Jack Flings Several new Northern California provisional marks were also reached for the Panthers.

Sophomore Jack Fling is excited for his final season as a Panther. The defending Coast Conference champion and state qualifier, the former Palma HS grad is looking to add the Northern California pole vault title to his resume along with helping the team in the decathlon before he graduates. With all the other vaulters not clearing heights above 13'7", Fling found himself in a unique position of having the runway to himself for his final attempts. With extra time, the sophomore was able to clear a Norcal leading 4.45m to equal the CCCAA auto qualifying mark. Earlier in the week, Fling completed his first decathlon but showed no signs of fatigue. He also extended his shot put personal best to 9.52m. Fellow sophomore Nicholas Merillana lead the Panther distance squad in both the 1500 and 3000 meters. Merillana placed third in  both the 1500 meters in 4:06.54 and 3000 meters in 9:04.73. Both were just off his lifetime bests. Freshman Luis Mendoza debuted in the 1500 meters in a regional qualifying 4:12.84. Sophomore Alfredo Mejia, Jr. nearly bettered his lifetime best in the 3000 meters running 9:09.04. Frosh Isaiah Guerra was second in the triple jump 13.00m and had a personal best in the shot put to 10.29m. Freshman Guy Gida had season bests in the shot put (11.21m) and hammer (33.15m). Shraee Harrison was 22.54 in the 200 meters pulling teammate De'Antae Williams to a Norcal provisional 22.63. Sophomore Conlyn Pattison jumped a lifetime best 1.77m in preparation for the decathlon. 

The Panthers will compete next in a unique competition on March 2. The Wildcat Cup will feature the Panthers, host Chabot College, Santa Rosa JC, Yuba College, and Cuesta College, all programs with head coaches that graduated from CSU Chico and were members of the Chico Wildcat Track & Field program.