Courtesy of Biola Athletics
Men’s and women’s track and field had an exciting weekend full of impressive times. The men travelled to Santa Barbara, California on Friday to compete in the Westmont Sunshine Open & Combined Events. They then met the women’s team in Claremont, California for the Pomona-Pitzer Collegiate All-Comers. Senior sprinter and hurdler Corry Williams won the heptathlon while freshman thrower and jumper Kendra Sachse won the record-breaking women’s javelin.
On Friday, the Eagles were led by Williams and senior Nathaniel Belden. Williams won the heptathlon, with a high jump at 1.81 meters and the shot put at 11.89 meters. Belden finished in second place with a 7.28 seconds 60-meter dash and a 6.04-meter long jump.
The two would go into the second day of the meet with the same energy. Williams took first in the hurdles at :08.69 and second in the 1,000-meter run at 3:00.48. Belden finished fourth overall at 3,743 after his :08.74 second place victory in the hurdles. Senior sprinter Noah Strenn finished at No. 16 overall in the men’s 200-meter, a new personal record for Strenn. Sophomore distance runner Joshua Oglesby ran his personal best in the mile, crossing the line at 4:32.85.
Sachse led the way for the lady Eagles on day two when she broke records in women’s javelin, shattering an old school record with a toss of 47.65m, nearly 10 meters further than the previous 38.81m throw. Sophomore jumper Rebeka Preston placed in the Top 3 after a :09.54 hurdle race, 5.12m long jump, 1.51m high jump and a brisk time of 2:31.20 in the 800m. Senior sprinter Carissa Kalpakjian brought home second in the women’s 100m at :12.54, and a third place finish in the 200m at :25.47, her personal best.
The Eagles will take some time off before heading back out on the track and field. They will begin a two-day meet at the Long Beach Opener on Friday, March 6 at 12 p.m.