After a volatile Friday night, the weather cleared up beautifully just in time for the Cactus Cup at Javelina Stadium Saturday afternoon. For most of the team this was their second meet of the outdoor season after a solid weekend in Corpus Christi last week. However for the nine athletes that were sent to the National Indoor Championships in Kansas this would be their triumphant return home.
Jordan Yamoah lead the charge coming off a 5.41 meter mark in the high jump in the Indoor Championships with a solid 5.05 vault for first place. Bryce Martin and Colt Labay rounded out the sweep of the top three places (in a field of two teams) with a 4.56 and 4.36 meter marks.
Jeron Robinson brought his dominance in the high jump outside, leaping to a 2.18 mark, .03 meters off his personal record high from last week.
Ty Chisum dramatically added .38 meters to his Islander Open mark, leaping 14.23 for fifth place finish in triple jump
On the women’s side, Aricela Alvarez and Molly Martinez dominated a pretty thin field. In the long jump Alvarez took first in a field of three with a 5.93 jump, nearly a third of a meter better than her jump second place finish in the Islander Open. Martinez followed behind in second with a 5.65 meter jump, also a third of a meter improvement.
Janeth Navarro tied two other Angelo State Rambelles with a 3.36 jump in the pole vault, improving her mark from last week by .16 meters.
In the throwing events, Coach Tim Miller and his athletes kept up the momentum they built in Corpus.
The women took the top three spots in hammer throw. Cheyanne Nalle tossed for 45.80 meters and Rachel Somoye redeemed her poor showing in Corpus, where she fouled on all three of her throws, with a 43.21 meter throw. Yesenia Ruiz rounded it out with an over two meter improvement from last week with a 42.55
The men took the top two spots in in shot put. Christian Garcia threw for 15.57 meters and Richard Cervantes put up a 14.94 mark. Kenny Zamorano took fourth with a 13.83 toss.
Most of the athletes making their 2016 outdoor debuts were on the track.
The women kicked things off with a one-on-one 4X100 meter realy showdown with Angelo State with a time of 45.98 seconds. The team consisted of three runners returning from the National Championships: Deana Richardson, Kaina Martinez, and Plaserae Johnson. Britteny Holcombe rounded out the team.
Johnson and Richardson took second and third, respectively in the 100 meter dash with respective times of 11.67 and 11.76. Britteny Holcombe rounded out the 100 meter with a 11.96 second time, nearly a half-second improvement from the previous week.
The men’s team was just as dominate. Javier Lopez and Kenneth Jackson returned home from Kansas with 10.32 and 10.34 second times respectively in the 100 meter dash, netting the top two spots.
In the longer distance races Michael Idziak and Francisco Solis took first and second in the 1500 meter run with respective times of 4:04.66 and 4:07.65.
Shane Stehle took his first collegiate victory in the 3000 meter steeplechase posting a 10:30.42 time.
Although the rain had died down, the weather still played a big role throughout the day with a strong steady gust constantly blowing. “The conditions were a little tough today, especially for oval races”, Coach Ryan Dall said, “If we had better conditions we probably could’ve performed a bit better”.
The Javelinas head up to Arlington next week for the Bobby Lane Classic, and close off March with the Texas Relays from the 30th of March to April 2nd.