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Track and Field hosts first home meet of season

Junior distance runner Jessie Dean jumps over a hurdle during the 4x400 meter relay. The women's time puts them fifth in all-time record books. Photo by Megan McLoughlin.

Junior distance runner Jessie Dean jumps over a hurdle during the 4×400 meter relay. The women’s time puts them fifth in all-time record books. Photo by Megan McLoughlin.

The Trinity track and field teams began their outdoor season with the Trinity Open, promising a successful year for the Tigers. Many of the athletes won their events while numerous others put up strong marks for the early season.

“We did some good things in practice and it translated over well to this meet,” said head coach Marcus Whitehead. “There is still a lot of season and many still consider this ‘pre-season’ so we need to keep working and improving every day, but all areas competed hard and had breakthrough performances. We have very good depth across the board this year on both the men’s and women’s sides.”

On the women’s side, the 4×100-meter relay team (Mary Kate Stewart, Salome Wilfred, Tolley St. Clair and Bailey Drury) was .08 seconds off Trinity’s school record. The team’s 49.30 finish was second place in the event. The 4×400 meter relay team (Bailey Drury, Salome Wilfred, Jessie Dean, Mariana Sigala) followed suit, finishing at 4:03.06, which is the fifth all-time finish in school history.

“This sets a very positive tone for the rest of the season,” Drury said. “We got started off on a good foot and it only allows us to progress to even better times throughout the rest of the season.”

Drury also excelled in the 400m open, running a 59.97 race and into the eighth spot for all-time finish in school history. Dean followed in the 400m hurdles, winning the event with her 1:07.73 finish.

“The women’s team really hit the season off to a good start,” Drury said. “We seem to be strong in both sprints and long-distance but we do have a lot of things we can improve on.”

In the 800m, Sigala went into the fourth spot in all-time finish for Trinity with her 2:19.44 race. Junior Vanessa Moreno finished closely after with a time of 2:21.41, sixth in all-time school history. Sophomore Michelle Oberndorf finished the 1500m with a time of 4:57.54, the tenth all-time finish for Trinity.

Junior Jackie Newell took the 3,000m steeplechase, setting a 29s personal best with her time of 11:35.23. She moved up to third in school history with the solid performance.

Senior Elana Edwards was victorious in her high jump event with a 1.62m mark. She missed her personal best by .01 meters. Edwards followed that event with the triple jump, where she finished third with her 10.73m jump, a sixth all-time performance.

“Overall, I think the meet went really well,” Drury said. “As a whole, we had a lot of wins, set a lot of new records in the books, and many of us set new personal bests.”

For the men’s side, Austin Agrella, Mike McIntosh, George Warren and Ian Plantz competed in the 4×400-meter relay and finished in second place. Their time was 3:27.53, a second off their 2012 season best.

“Our performances at this meet have really excited me going forward,” Warren said. “The sprinters definitely recorded a number of very good times for the beginning of the season. For our distance team, if their cross country season was any indication they should do very well this season. The throwers are going to be great every meet, and the jumpers also had a pretty good meet, coming very close to their PRs.”

Senior Sal Perdomo won the 1500m race with his time of 4:06.10, while sophomore Brandon Douglas raced into second place in the 5,000m. His time was 16:47.72, a personal best.

“We still have work to do, but I think that these are very positive early marks,” Warren said. “We have a lot of potential this year.”

Senior Justin Campbell won the discus event with his 48.50m throw, missing his personal best by two meters.

“It’s a great start to the season,” Whitehead said. “The meet was a little more low key than most of the meets we go to but that is a good thing for this time of the year because the marks do not count nationally yet.”

As the results indicate, the Tigers are ready for a dominant 2013 season in track and field. They are off to the University of the Incarnate Word this weekend for the UIW Invitational. The meet begins this afternoon and continues tomorrow throughout the day.

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