This weekend (May 1-2) the season is wrapping up with a limited squad competing at BSU in search of just a few more key conference marks, and for others just to get more competition reps in, it is also the last meet for those not competing at conference.
Last week big things were happening on both the men and women squads!
The week of awesomeness began with a win in the conference heptathlon from Tiana Thomas. She scored a whopping score of 4,517 points, the second highest mark in school history. She claimed victories in the 100 meter hurdles (14.85), high jump (1.51), the 200 meters (26.08) and the 800 meter run (2:24.11). She also hit huge personal bests in both the shot put and the javelin and will be playing the waiting game to see if she made the top 16 for her bid to nationals, but things are looking good!
In addition to Tiana’s win, the team had a great meet at the EOU invitational in Hermiston Friday evening. Amy Pfaff hit an automatic qualifying time in the 1500 while Nichole DeGrange achieved the same in the 400m (56.99). DeGrange’s time in the 400m also managed to get there the school record. Adding to the list of broken school records was Jessica Aguilar in the shot put with a heave of 13.02 meters.
The men’s team also fared well at the EOU invitational. The sprinters really showed that they want big things at conference. The 4×100 ran sub 43.oo while the men also had great marks in the 100 and 200.
Athletes of the Meet:
Jessica Aguilar- for her record-breaking throw in the shot put and her crazy effort of endurance. After throwing for five hours her throw of 13.02 came on her last throw of the evening. She was throwing hammer, disc and shot consecutively! Not only did she show so much physical strength but also mental toughness and come championship time those two traits will pay off!
Malik Whitfield- he had lifetime bests in both the 100 and 200 while also anchoring the 4×100. He with the rest of the team showed great energy and focus when the meet drug on through wind and not very deep fields of competitors.
Previous Athletes of the Meet:
EOU Team Challenge: Nichole DeGrange and Garrett Norris
Jenn Boyman Invite (Linfield): Tiana Thomas and Taylor Oppedyk
John Knight Twilight (WOU): Amy Pfaff and Cam DeBruler
Conference Championship outlook:
On the men’s side, they will be in the middle of the pack after some unfortunate and untimely injuries this spring, the team will be looking to focus on strong individual performances to set up a big team next year as they will be returning almost everyone and a great recruiting class will be coming in.
As far as the women are concerned they will be making a run at their 3rd CONSECUTIVE title, but it will be a very close battle with Concordia, and both SOU and EOU will be nipping at the heels of those two top teams. The women however are stoked to get to Ashland and get after it! Hungry lady coyotes they are!!
The Conference Championship meet will be Friday May 8th and Saturday May 9th at Southern Oregon University’s new facility.