After a one year hiatus from the SFSU Distance Carnival, the Yotes hit the road on Wednesday night and braved the 10 hour drive in the spirit of competition. The two day format featured distance and jumping events on Friday and sprinting and throwing events on Saturday.
On the men’s side, there were a number of notable performances for Friday. Starting off the day, Max Hampton became the third Yote ever to have break the 31 minute mark in the 10k. In doing so Max also qualified for the nationals, slipping under the A standard by over 25 seconds. Also competing in the 10k were the trio of Dan Williams, Matt Goodwin, and Miles Ranck who all hit the ever-important Cascade Conference mark in the event.
Following the barrage of 10k’s came the jumping events for the men. Joseph Bolin gave three attempts at the National B mark and came up just short after his short absence from competition. Continuing his progress as a vaulter, Charlie Shepherd gained a monster 1 centimeter improvement from his previous best. Over at the long jump pit, it quickly turned from a Distance Carnival to a Jump Carnival as a small army of Yotes took over the jumps area. The day was highlighted by Tyler Higby and Isaac Gonzalez who both set personal bests. Isaac continued by leaps and bounds as he set his new personal best at 6.69 meters. Tyler Higby made his long jump debut for the Yotes and did not disappoint as he put together a great series of jumps ending with a 7.02 meter jump. Finishing up Friday for the men came a series of great 5k performances. Billy Chamberlain-Godfrey, Dylan Walker, and Andrew Sutton all ducked under the conference mark in what looks to be a promising event for the Yotes come conference time.
The lady Yotes showed promise as well on Friday. Opening with Amy Pfaff knocking out an early season National A mark in the 1500m. Carrying the momentum from this performance was Mishal Cotugno, who was just off hitting the National B mark as she ran an impressive 800m race. Back at the Jumps Carnival, the women continued the show as Tiana Thomas put together her best ever mark of 5.22m in the long jump. Following up Tiana was freshman Kami Hawkins competing in her first ever triple jump competition. Finishing with a 10.61m jump and a Cascade Conference qualifier, Hawkins looks to be a factor for the Lady Yotes come conference time. Finishing the day for the Lady Yotes were another group of 5k racers. Solid early season performances from Tamika Russell and Ashtyn Ellis punched their tickets to the conference meet.
Phew… One day down, one to go. On the track the meet started off with a bang as Brooks Ney put together a solid 110mH race (15.24) and continued his momentum into the 400mH with a time of 55.98. With these solid performances, Brooks shows the promise to continue his improvement in these events. What quickly went from a Distance Carnival to a Jumps Carnival on Day 1, was transformed once again into a 400m Carnival as a total of eight Yotes competed in the event. The event kicked off early with stellar performances in the first heat from Tiana Thomas and Nichole DeGrange. Thomas crushed the previous school record and qualified for the national meet with a time of 56.22. Following this came a series of solid races from both men and women in the event. After the long sprints came another conference qualifier from freshman Devin Gaskins in the 100m.
Tyler Higby picked up where he left off indoor in the 200m clocking a time of 22.16 seconds to highlight the Yotes’ races in the event. Wrapping up the meet, all energy was focused at the women’s discus. The energy was rewarded as Claire Otero uncorked a monster throw of 43.42m to earn herself a National B mark, personal best, and school record.
The Athlete of the Meet awards went to Claire Otero for her stellar showing in the discus and Brooks Ney for his commitment to becoming process oriented in both hurdle events. The Yotes take this weekend off from competition but look to split the squad the weekend of April 15-16 as a group of Yotes will be competing locally at NNU and a small group will travel to Eugene for the Oregon Relays. We would love to see as much support as possible on our venture to Nampa with the majority of events taking place Saturday (4/16) after 10:30am.