By Kiara Paul |Asst Sports Editor|
The Coyote Track and Field team headed out to Los Angeles for the Cal State Los Angeles Invite on March 5.
The athletes participated in different track and field events. These events are broken down into sections that are based on the athletes’ rankings.
All of the Coyotes did well in their sections.
Patricia Cortez finished first in section one for the 3000-meter run, the focal point of how hard the Coyotes have been training for this season.
For the 100-meter dash, Sinclair Watson competed in section two and came in fourth at 12.35 seconds. Taylor Matthews, in section three, landed third and her time at 12.9 seconds.
In the 200-meter dash, Wastson ran in section two once again and came it in fifth place; Matthews followed close behind in sixth place.
Next up, in the 400-meter dash, Rhais’sa Baker and Sierra Marrero both competed in section five of this race. Baker came in second—her time at 1 minute, 5 seconds, earning her second place. Marrero came in right behind her in third—her time 1 minute, 7 seconds.
Marrero gave the Coyote Chronicle some insight on what the track and field athletes work on in order to achieve great times during their races.
Marrero stated, “We’ve been working harder at practices and fighting to become stronger on the track. We’ve been focusing on combinations of hills, 200 repeats, cardio days, etc. to really get the endurance we need and working our way into speed workouts!”
Marrero went on to state that, “Getting our body used to these workouts and running tired, we will become tougher when it’s race time and that’s one of the best skills.”
Michelle Pineda, Cynthia Rivera and Taylore Cantu all participated in section one in the 800-meter run.
Pineda came in eighth—her time 2 minutes, 23 seconds.
Rivera’s time was 2 minutes, 27 seconds, earning her 11th place in the section.
Cantu was right behind Rivera—her time 2 minutes, 28 seconds.
In the 1500-meter run, Cortez ran in at seventh place for section one, her time 4 minutes and 44 seconds. Soleil Hall came in about 8 seconds after Cortez and placed 11th.
The 3000-meter run was the spotlight for the Coyotes. Cortez ran in section one and earned her spot in first place. Her time for the run was 10 minutes, 8 seconds. Jessica Steinhoff came in at 10 minutes, 23 seconds, landing her a fourth place spot.
The 400-meter hurdles were a bit tough for Trisha Toyotome and Shanna Shernaman. Both ladies competed in section 3, but came in last.
Toyotome placed fourth with a time of 1 minute, 17 seconds. Shernaman in fifth place at 1 minute, 18 seconds.
The Coyotes also competed in discus throw, hammer throw and shot put, that consist of flights rather than sections based on the athletes’ rankings.
In the shot put, Samone Everett placed fifth with a throw of 9.98 meters. Everett also placed in the first in the second flight of the discus throw and fifth in the first flight of the hammer throw.
Kassadra Rico-Alvarez competed in the first flight of the discus throw and placed ninth with a throw of 30.95 meters.
The Coyotes’ next meet is the Point Loma Invitational in San Diego on March 26.