The Sasquatch track and field team competed at their third outdoor meet of the season Friday, April 2, at Whitworth University’s H.I.R. Invitational held on Boppell Track at the Pine Bowl. The 11 team meet produced some outstanding early season results for many of the Sasquatch competitors.
Action in the sprints group included several PR's and improved NWAC rankings. On the men's side, freshmen, Jake Schnatter blazed season best times of 11.17 in the 100-meter dash and 22.79 in the 200-meter dash. His performances placed him third and fifth, respectively, in the meet. Schnatter currently sits first in the 100-meter and second in the 200-meter NWAC rankings.
Freshmen Jon Watkins, right on Schnatter's heels posted a season best of 22.88 in the 200-meter, placing seventh at the meet and third for NWAC rankings. Schnatter and Watkins are both members of the men's 4x100-meter squad that improved their NWAC ranking to second this weekend with a time of 43.69 seconds. Additional members of the 4 x 100-meter relay include Harlon Stuits and Drew Crosbie.
The Sasquatch distance runners came away with six personal bests on Friday. Johan Correa did not record a personal best but still ran his second fastest 800-meter of the year and is leading the conference with a time of 1:54.6. Travis Hicks did record a personal best of 1:58.07 and is currently second in the conference. Anthony Carlascio gave a good effort in the 1500-meter, running 4:04; Carlascio currently sits second in the conference with his 4:01 time.
Giovanni Raskell ran a fantastic 5k for the Sasquatch with a 28-second personal best running 15:06 and leading the conference by 29 seconds. Also, in the 5k, Alfonso Cuevas scored a personal best running 16:44, sitting No. 5 in the conference so far, Gideon Swanson ran his first 5k of the season in 16:31 putting him No. 4 in the conference.
In the hurdles, teammates Harlon Stuits and Drew Crosbie turned in their top performances of the year so far. Stuits placed No. 3 overall in a fine 15.08, while Crosbie took No. 6 with 15.85 seconds. Those marks are good for No. 1 and No. 5 on the NWAC list. Stuits mark lead the conference by over half a second. Both athletes ran key legs on the 4 x 100-meter relay.
The Sasquatch throwing crew continues to stand out. Bradley Fillis once again launched a season and lifetime best in the men’s shot put with a throw of 48 feet 11.5 inches, good for No. 3 overall in the meet against a stellar field of mostly NCAA Division 1 competitors. Fillis qualified for the hammer final and recorded a very solid mark and season best of 145 feet 5 inches. His shot mark is the best in the conference, while the hammer performance sits at No. 2.
Also picking up season best marks in the hammer throw were Kolten Cairns and Brooks Michaels. Cairns threw 127 feet 5 inches good for fourth on the conference list, while Brooks 125 feet 11 inches is fifth.
The two switched places in the shot-put rankings with Michaels throw of 40 feet 9 inches good for No. 3 in the conference and Cairns 38 feet 2 inches is the fifth best overall in the NWAC. So far on the season, the Sasquatch throwers have a lock on the NWAC top 10 in three of the throwing events ranking 1,3,5 and 6 in the shot put, 1,2,5, and 9 in the discus, and 2,4,5 and 6 in the hammer throw.
On the women's side, sophomore Alma Manzo's debut in 400-meter placed her No. 3 with a time of 59.34. Her solid performance notches her No. 1 in the NWAC rankings. Freshmen, Julian Vaughan also had a great run in the 400-meter race, improving her season's best to 1:03.80 this week moving her into the third best mark in the conference.
Additionally, both women are members of the 4 x 100-meter and 4 x 400-meter relay teams that posted season bests this weekend. Both relays are No. 1 in the NWAC rankings with times of 49.82 and 4:11.88, respectively. The additional team members of the 4 x 100-meter consisted of Mckenzie Fletcher and Jadyn Schulte. The 4 x 400-meter members included Fletcher and Katiren Fisher.
Perhaps the best performance of the day came from McKenzie Fletcher in winning the women’s 400-meter hurdles in an outstanding time of 1:04 .54 -- the top mark on the NWAC performance list by four seconds. Fletcher had a busy day on the track competing in four events. She placed No. 5 overall in the 100-meter hurdles in a season best 15.77, the fourth best mark in the conference. She ran key legs on both the 4 x 100-meter relay and the 4 x 400-meter relay that currently are the best in the conference.
Kaitren Fisher continued to improve in both the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles, running a personal best in 17.64 and 1:11.60.
The Sasquatch distance crew of Tressa Wood and Kaidyn Johnson also had a great day in the 5k, recording season best marks while running 19:41 and 20:14. This ranks them No. 2 and No. 3 in the conference standings.
In the throwing events, Kylie Heimberger had two lifetime bests one of which was a 13 feet improvement in the hammer throw. Heimberger popped off a 120 feet 11 inches throw in the preliminaries. Currently, her performance is the second best on the conference list. In the Javelin throw she equaled her lifetime best with a throw of 110 feet 5 inches, also the second-best conference throw of the year.
Teammate, Hannah Gilmore also had her best throw of the year in the hammer with a mark of 113 feet 8 inches, the third best mark in the conference this year.
CCS looks to host their first track meet of the year this Saturday, April 10th for the WAR XIV Invitational.