April 18, 2013
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WALNUT, Calif. - The Mt. SAC Relays got underway today with a very specific focus for the Husky track team. Thirteen UW distance runners competed in the 1,500-meters today at Hilmer Lodge Stadium, resulting in a trio of PRs and several more season-bests as the stage was set for a busy weekend.
Seven women and six men ran this afternoon as heat after heat got the meet rolling. The best time posted by the Husky women came from sophomore Eleanor Fulton, who ran a season-best 4:23.13 in the top section. Michael Miller led the men with a career-best time of 3:47.16 in the second heat on the men's side.
Also racing today on the women's side was sophomore Baylee Mires, who ran a 4:25.66. Next fastest was senior Mel Lawrence, improving her season-best with a time of 4:27.09, then redshirt freshman Joelle Amaral, who set a PR going under 4:30 for the first time at 4:29.12. Junior Liberty Miller ran 4:30.98 and senior Maddie Meyers clocked 4:32.90 to round out the group.
Tyler King posting a similar time of 3:50.86 in a separate heat. Redshirt frosh Aaron Nelson, ranked in the top-10 nationally in the steeplechase, had a PR of 3:52.86. Kyle Blume ran 3:57.88 as well.
Over at Azusa Pacific University, four Huskies wrapped up their first multis of the season. Through yesterday's day one and through seven events total, senior Jeremy Taiwo held the lead in the decathlon, but a no height in the pole vault today submarined his efforts. Prior to that point, Taiwo had started with career-bests in the 100-meter dash, running 10.91 seconds, and in the long jump, where he sailed to a mark of 24-7 ¾, the 10th-best outdoor long jump in school history. Taiwo also won the high jump on day one with a clearance of 6-11 ¾.
Freshman Josh Gordon reached the finish line in his first decathlon, scoring 6,640 points to take sixth overall. His best event was a second-place long jump finish behind Taiwo, as he leapt 23-2 ¾; he also had a nice high jump PR of 6-4 ¾.
Shelby Williams and Jaleecia Roland each completed their heptathlons, with Williams placing 15th out of 24 finishers with 4,690 points, and Roland finishing 21st in her first full college heptathlon with 4,325 points.
Williams was near her career-bests in several events but did not set any PRs. She did, however, post the top mark in the shot put at 40-feet, 4-inches, and had a high jump of 5-3 ¼ that's just a half inch off her lifetime-best. Roland had the same high jump of 5-3 ¼, ran 26.99 in the 200-meters, long jumped 17-0 ½, and had a solid first javelin competition with a best throw of 102-6.