Racing to Excel

04/07/2011 22:03

By Alan K. Fox

The Titan track and field team has started the season with some strong performances in several events, which could lead LCC to have a strong run at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championships in May.

The team most recently took its talents to Salem to take part in the Willamette University Invitational on April 2. The event hosted both two and four-year schools from Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

On the women’s side, sophomore Katie Davis finished top in the triple jump with a mark of 35’ 2.”

Other Lady Titans with standout performances came from freshman Lindsay Beard, who was the top finisher in the pole vault with a height of 11’8”, and freshman Jordan Brunetti, who finished fifth in the Javelin with a total of 127 meters.

“My technique is slowly coming back. I took a year off from vaulting and it’s taken a while to get back in to shape,” Beard said. “I’m still a foot under my best mark, but for the first big meet 3.55 is a good mark.”

The long distance team for the Lady Titans had a solid showing as well.

Three standouts from the LCC cross country team, Laura Jackson, MaCayla Claver and Rachel Jensen, showcased their skills in the 5,000-meters. All three of the women finished with a time a qualifying time of less than 20 minutes.

“I thought the Willamette meet had some exciting races going on and there was some great competition present,” Jackson said. “Overall, our team gave an awesome effort and I believe we presented ourselves in a positive way.”

In the 10,000-meters, Gylany Crossman finished with a qualifying time of 39 minutes 51 seconds.

The men took charge in the running events of 400 meters or less with having someone finish in the top-five in the 100-, 200- and the 400-meter runs and claiming titles in the 200-meters and 400-meters.

Sophomore Chris Stubbs claimed the 400-meter title with a time of 48.29 seconds, and Jordan Latt finished tops with a time of 22.36 seconds.

In the 100-meter run, Dusty Jarvis took fifth-place with a time of 11.04 seconds, and in the 200 meters

In the pole vault, Jordan Parker finished in the top spot with a height of 16’2.75”. That mark was a personal best for Parker.

Other men finishing with qualifying marks were Jacob Berkner, who finished the 5,000-meters with a time of 15 minutes and 44 seconds, and Cesar Perez, who finished the 10,000-meters with a time of 33 minutes and 31 seconds.