By Shanna Shernaman |Staff Writer|
CSUSB Women’s Track and Field competed at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on March 9. It was a rainy day, but that didn’t stop the Coyotes from taking the field.
The Coyotes had a successful day starting with the women’s 5000-meters “B” race, where athletes Cara Bonafede and Elizabeth “Lizard” Hernandez brought the Coyotes in with a great finish.
Bonafede finished fifth with a Personal Record (PR) of 19:22 and Hernandez followed shortly behind in seventh with 19:34, beating her previous record by 51 seconds.
Field events began at 10:00 a.m. with pole vault, hammer throw and javelin.
In pole vault, Coyote Stacey Vanderpool vaulted 3.25-meters, earning a first place finish in her flight and a 12th place finish over all. Vanderpool also managed to break her highest vault by an inch.
In hammer, Simone Everett threw 40.31-meters, a new best.
Everett came into the meet motivated and ready to throw a 40.
At 12:20, Pomona-Pitzer began the 100-meter dash where Sinclair Watson and Taylor Matthews took the two fastest times for the Coyotes.
Watson ran in heat 2 and finished in fourth with 12.42 seconds and Matthews finished second in heat 3 with 12.64 seconds.
“First, I always give thanks to the father above for all he has done for me,” said Watson.
“Then I start thinking about my training and focus on everything I’ve trained for this moment,” added Watson.
According to Watson, she always feels good about her races as long as she “left everything on the track.”
Her next goal is to run 11.9 seconds in the 100-meter and 24.8 seconds in the 200-meter.
At 1:15, the open 400-meters went off where Coyotes Jacqueline Mota, Sierra Marrero, Rhais’sa Baker and Michelle Pineda fought for their NCAA Conference Qualifying mark.
Mota placed second in heat 6, followed closely by Marrero and Baker.
Coyote Pineda ran a personal best of 1:00.27, earning herself a first place finish in heat 7.
“None of the girls had times,” said Pineda, “so I didn’t know what to expect.”
Pineda took off without any blocks and set out to catch all of the girls in front of her.
Pineda is happy, but not content, and is looking to qualify for conference in her next 400 with a sub 60 second time.
Coyote Taylore Cantu finished the 1500 meter first for her team and 15th in her heat with a 4:49, one second off from her PR. Following Cantu, her teammate Alice Zayer placed seventh in heat 4 with a 5:01.
At the end of the day, Coyote Patricia “Patty” Cortez brought CSUSB in for a great finish by getting first in the 5K with a 17:31 beating her old PR by 8 seconds.
“I really didn’t expect to win,” said Cortez.
“It was really empowering because I felt very strong and confident in my training,” concluded Cortez.
Overall, had a great meet, full of personal records.