Tuned up for the BIG DANCE!

One last tune up before the big dance! The whole squad traveled a grueling thirty minutes to the Dona Larsen track complex at BSU for the last meet before conference. The two day meet featured a few events on Friday and the majority of the events taking place on Saturday. Friday night provided a brisk windy night, but that didn’t stop those competing from putting up big marks!

The meet energy kicked off quickly in the throws area as Hayley Morse once again put together a great series of hammer throws, eventually ending the day with a heave of 42.98m. Continuing the momentum in the throws, Claire Otero had not only her best series in a discus competition but also improved upon her own school record and claimed a National A mark. The toss of 45.12m currently puts Claire in sixth overall for the NAIA. At the long jump pit, Tiana Thomas continued her stellar season and improved upon her CCC qualifying mark with a jump of 5.17m. The promising news from this result is that Tiana was a foot behind the board when she did it! Kami Hawkins returned to old form after being a bit banged up and claimed the conference mark as well in the event with a leap of 4.99m.

Friday concluded with a combination of men’s pole vault and men’s long jump. Though the weather wasn’t as warm as what was hoped for, it provided a promising tailwind for all jumpers. Taking advantage at the pole vault pit were Joseph Bolin, Tyler Amrhein, and Charlie Kido. All vaulters showed promising results heading into next week’s conference meet with what looks to be a key event in the men’s team title race. Joseph added to the excitement by claiming the National B mark in the pole vault with a jump of 4.60m, a season best. Across the track at the long jump pit the long jump squad was let out of the cage for the second time this season. Two promising results as we head into conference came from Jackson Thompson who recorded a 6.38m personal best and Tyler Higby who missed the National B mark by one centimeter as he soared 7.07m.

Saturday at Dona Larsen provided warmer conditions but an even more prominent wind. Opening up the day and disregarding the wind, the men’s 4×100 relay knocked four tenths of a second from the school record! The team of Malik Whitfield, Tyler Higby, Devin Gaskins, and Joseph Bolin completed the race in 42.17 seconds and will be looking to break the 42 second barrier next weekend in Hermiston. Carrying the momentum through the sprinting events a number of Yotes ran near or at their lifetime bests in the 100 & 200. Tyler Higby dipped below 11 seconds again this season running 10.92, while freshman Devin Gaskins showed tremendous improvement clocking in at 11.18 and 22.86 seconds. Brooks Ney continued his progression running 55.35 seconds in the 400mH.

On the women’s side there were a number of notable performances for Saturday. Tiana Thomas shot up the NAIA lists in the 100mH and 400mH as she blazed across the track in 14.36 and 61.59 seconds respectively. Both times sit within the top five nationally. Amy Pfaff ran her first outdoor 800 this season and crossed the line with a National A mark at 2:12.57. Nichole DeGrange continued her development in the 400 this season, nearly cracking the 57 second mark as she ran 57.04 and brought home a National B mark standard. This trio teamed up with freshman Kami Hawkins for the 4×400 and blew the National A mark out of the water as they finished the relay in 3:51.82, nearly four seconds under the mark!

Overall it was a great meet on both sides heading into the conference meet next weekend.  A standout athlete earning the Athlete of the Meet award was Devin Gaskins on the men’s side for his MASSIVE improvement throughout the season. Since the first outdoor meet of the season Devin has dropped over half of a second in the 100 and nearly a second and a half in the 200! We’re really excited to see where Devin can go with some development. On the women’s side it was an easy choice as Tiana Thomas contributed to and notched a total of 3 NAIA marks in her outing. Make sure to stay tuned on twitter (@CoyoteXCTF) next weekend (5/ 13-5/14) as the Yotes travel to Hermiston for the CCC championships. Both sides are looking to compete in close battles for the title.

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