On Thursday, May 23, the NCAA Division I Track and Field West Regional Championships welcomed UCR’s own, sophomore Quinn Williams and freshman John Ober III. Williams competed in the 400-meter hurdle event while Ober III participated in the javelin throwing competition. The two student-athletes came into the tournament fresh off a Big West Championship weekend in Santa Barbara, in which the two won their respective events.
With moderately cloudy conditions at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, Calif. Quinn Williams was up first in the first round of the men’s 400-meter hurdles. The Big West Champion capped off a stellar season with a time of 52.66 seconds, but was ultimately eliminated after the first round. He ends his season on a high note, and gives UCR’s track and field program a boost after representing on a prominent stage.
On Friday, May 24, John Ober III, UCR’s other Big West Champion threw for a distance of 60.14 meters — his best distance out of three attempts. Ober III placed 33rd among all competing participants. The freshman concluded his first season as a Highlander with an already illustrious track record.
The pair represented the best of UCR athletics, and gives the track and field program plenty to look forward to in the future.