Southern Utah Continues with Great Performances at Pomona-Pitzer
"All in all, this was a very good meet for us," head coach Eric Houle said. "The athletes saw some good competition and had an opportunity to rise to meet it. There were some great performances by each of the squads."
The women were led by thrower Kayla Kovar, who finished first in the discus throw with a 156-3 toss and second in the hammer with a personal record of 189-00. Kovar's hammer mark also ranks third in the school's all-time records. Sadi Hoyt followed in third place in the discus with a 132-10 mark. Rylee Mulitalo and Jennika Wright represented the T-Birds in the shot put, finishing third and fourth with marks of 43-11.75 and 43-3.75 respectively.
Cody Olsen led the throws on the men's side, finishing first in the javelin with a mark of 198-0, while Chris Johnson placed second in the shot put with a 50-11 toss. Johnson also improved his previous hammer record with a seventh-place mark of 157-4.
Shaun Murray and Preston Myers led the men in the sprints, while Jasmine Paicely-Mullins led the women in the hurdles. Murray finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 21.30, ranking fourth in SUU's all-time records, while Myers entered the school's top-ten records with a seventh-place time of 10.76 in the 200-meters. Paicely-Mullins led in the 100-meter hurdles with a first-place time of 14.17.
The Thunderbirds' relay teams also excelled at Pomona-Pitzer. The men's team led the 4x100-meter relay with a first-place time of 41.62, while the women placed second with a 47.18 finish. Both times also rank among Southern Utah's top all-time performances.
Diana Medina-Mitchell led the distance squad on the women's side, finishing first in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:12.22. She was followed by Danielle West-Jewkes in sixth place with a 2:14.89 finish. Jamie Smith led the team in the 1,500-meters, finishing sixth with a time of 4:36.30. The men were led in the steeplechase by Andrew Cesal with a fourth-place time of 9:33.30, while Devan Antczak finished fifth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:55.12.
The jumpers also earned some top-ten finishes at Pomona-Pitzer, including Chelsea Morley-Atkinson's second place pole vault finish (11-3.75) and third-place high jump finish (5-5). Wade Nielson led the high jumpers on the men's side with a first-place height of 6-8.75, while Zane Hunzeker cleared a fourth-place height of 14-3.25 in the pole vault.
The athletes will return to California for a third consecutive weekend for the Mt. SAC Relays on Apr. 18-21, in Azusa and Walnut, Calif. The team will also compete in the Azusa Pacific Invitational on Apr. 21 in Azusa, Calif. The team will then prepare for the second home meet of the season, the SUU/UVU Dual on Apr. 26 at the Eccles Coliseum.