Track and field fares well at Mt. SAC Relays & Beach Invitational

Vincent Ta/HIGHLANDER
Vincent Ta/HIGHLANDER

The UC Riverside track & field team had an odd week when they divided their squad when they competed at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. and the Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif. from April 18-20.

The limited squad that was sent to the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday, April 18 competed well. Raquel Hefflin recorded a season best with a time of 4:27.69 and Alisha Brown recorded a season best as well when she ran for 4:28.23 in the women’s 1,500m. In the men’s 1,500m Seth Totten was the only male and he finished with the time of 4:01.19.

In day two of the Mt. SAC competition, Ted Hooper posted a career-best of 7.55m (24’ 9.25”) for a sixth-place finish in the men’s long jump. The sixth-place finish moved Hooper into first place in the Big West Conference in the event and the top 10 in the West Region.

On the women’s side, Amber Wright and Noelle Abboud both recorded personal bests in the 400m, finishing in 19th and 36th place, respectively. Wright jumped 55.25 while her teammate was not far behind with a jump of 56.23.

Michael Hern finished 39th in the 100m with a time of 10.92 and Hernell Dyer finished the 200m with a time of 21.79 for a 39th-place finish. The 4x400m relay squad of BJ Smith, Michael Koger, Dylan Gates and Justin Harris finished with a time of 3:14.82 for a 15th-place finish.

The 100m hurdles, Danielle Littleton came in 19th place with a time of 13.94 and Briana Kennedy-Feldhaus (14.26) finished 28th. The women’s 4x400m relay team of Abboud, Alisha Brown, Damajeria Dubose and Wright (3:47.92) came in 13th.

The men’s 100m in the Beach Invitational saw Dyer (10.53) get his lifetime best for a sixth-place finish and Hern also logged a personal best of 10.61 for a ninth-place finish. Dyer now ranks second in the conference and Hern ranks fourth.

On the women’s side, Phoenisha Schuhmeir finished sixth in long jump with a distance of 5.76m. Tiffani Stone jumped 5.43m for a 19th finish and Jazmine Lewis finished 31st with a leap of 5.29m. In the triple jump, Dubois (12.09) got sixth, Schuhmeir (11.15m) placed 26th and Stone (11.01m) finished in 19th. Deja Watkins achieved a new season best in discus throw with a 47.38m toss for 13th.

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