The UC Riverside track and field team traveled to Seattle, Washington Feb. 9-10 to participate in the Husky Classic. The team played well as they broke more records for their third meet of the season.
Highlander freshman thrower Breana Jemison finished in fifth place in shot put and 10th place in the weight throw at the Husky Classic. Jemison shot 14.26m (46’ 9.50”) and came within less than two feet of breaking the school record of 48’ 1.0”—which is still held by ex-Highlander Evangela Dixon. Shooting 16.06m (52’ 8.00”) in the weight throw, Jemison brought herself within 10 feet of yet another school record, a 19.05m (62’ 5.75”) shot by Brittani Daniels just two years ago.
Briana Kennedy-Feldhaus also had a chance to best her record set last week in the 60m hurdles. Feldhaus’ 60m time of 8.71 seconds clinched seventh place in the meet. Also competing for UC Riverside in the 60m hurdles was Jazmine Lewis, finishing in 24th place with a 9.16 second time.
In the women’s 400m, Amber Wright finished in seventh place with 57.23 second registered time. Noelle Abboud was not far behind and finished in 14th place with a 57.68 time. Other Highlanders competing in the event were Jazmine Harper (59.06 seconds, T39th) and Asha Blades (1:00.41, 53rd).
In the women’s triple jump, Jacquelyn DuBois finished in a respectable 10th place with a 11.42m (37’ 5.75”) leap.
Sophomore jumper Ted Hooper broke the school record for the second week in a row. After setting the record of 7.11m (23’ 4.00”), as well as breaking a 12 year old school record last week at the Mountain T’s Invitational, Hooper decided that once was not enough and outdid himself with a 7.19m (23’ 7.25”) leap at the indoor tournament, good for second place in the meet.
Ryan Swafford also had a shot to three-peat after setting records twice in as many weeks. However, he came up just 7.5 inches short at 15.57m (51’ 1.00”), though it was enough to clinch first place in the meet.
Travis Smith took the top spot in the men’s shot put competition with a heave of 18.87m (61’ 11.00”). Carl Nahigian also competed and took home a 13th place finish with a throw of 15.09m (49’ 10.00”).
In the men’s 60-meter dash finals, Michael Hern took 10th place with a time of 6.90 seconds. Following him was teammate Justin Harris, who finished in 16th place with a 7.04 second time.
In the men’s 400m, Michael Koger headlined UCR’s performance with a 49.21 second time that earned him a sixth place finish. Other Highlanders who competed include Dylan Gates (50.52,), BJ Smith (51.11) and Michael Pare (51.50).
Running for UC Riverside in the men’s 4×400 relay were BJ Smith, Justin Harris, Dylan Gates and Michael Koger. With a three-second margin separating them from first place, UCR finished in a respectable fourth place out of 11 contestants (3:18.87).
The Highlanders will stay at home in anticipation of the UCR All Corners Meet on Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.