Track and field opens with successful meet

Track and field opens with successful meet

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Michael Idziak won the men’s 800m race at the Masked Raider Open. Contributed Photo

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Lubbock, this past weekend to start their 2014 indoor campaign at the Masked Raider Open.

Day one of the open saw several Javelinas place and earn top marks in the competition. Defending the high jump national champion title, Jeron Robinson opened off his season jumping (7’1-3/4’’).

Robinson surpassed the automatic qualifying standard of 2.17m for the NCAA indoor championship with the jump.

Robinson said with hard work the team could compete for national championships.

“As a team we did pretty good. Everybody came out and worked hard,” Robinson said. “We got to continue to give it our all, going hard at practice and at all the drills and in the weight room and we should be good.”

Jordan Yamoah placed second in the pole vault with a vault of 16’4. The Javelinas placed three throwers in the top ten with all three throwing over 48 ft.

Javon Gray finished sixth with a toss of 49’10’’ while Mark Covos finished ninth with a toss of 48’10” and Christian Garcia placed tenth with a throw of 48’1’’ respectively.

Tim Price posted a time of 6.32 seconds in the 55m dash earning him second place in day one of the open. On the second day, he won the 200m dash with a time of 21.32 seconds.

Michael Idziak also took first place in the 800m race, and he was the only competitor to break 1:52 in the race and won with a time of 1:51:90 seconds.

C.J. Griggs took second place in the long jump competition with a jump of 23’10”.

In the women’s competition, Claudia Fernandez placed ninth in the 1,000m run with a time of 3:17:05. Brianna Bartosch competed in the 55m hurdles and placed 10th with a time of 8.62 seconds.

Amber Perry had a strong showing in the 400m dash with a time of 56.16 seconds, and in the 200m, she ran a time of 25.39.

Shykilla Sheppard placed fifth in the long jump during the first day of the competition and finished right behind Perry in the 200m dash with a time of 25.69.

Head Coach Ryan Dall said the team still has room for improvement despite the success at the Masked Raider Open.

“We had some really good performances for our first meet, but I think everyone still has room for improvement,” Dall said. “I think our fitness level is good right now so we just have to continue to work hard and push ourselves everyday in practice.”