Trinity University hosted the annual Trinity Invitational last weekend, where the Tigers put on quite the show. Several athletes leapt, threw and ran their ways to their best performances of the year while breaking multiple school records.
The meet started off with throwing events, then moved to triple jump, long jump, high jump and pole vault. Junior Stella Affognon shattered a decade-old record in the discus with a mark of 39.89 meters, placing fifth in the competition. The previous record was set by Jocelyn Stokes with a mark of 38.98 meters.
“It was a pretty big meet. We have three weeks until conference, but I feel like everyone was relaxed, putting up good times and good marks, and I think we’re at a really good place going into conference,” Affognon said.
Senior Britney Sullivan won the triple jump with a mark of 11.71 meters and placed third in the long jump with a mark of 5.47 meters. Sullivan was pleased with the meet and impressed with all of the record-breaking performances.
“This week, the team is focusing on recovery as many athletes competed in two different meets this past weekend. Hopefully we will continue the streak of successful performances this weekend,” Sullivan said.
The women’s 4×400 meter relay team won with a season-best time of 4:05.36, while the men’s 4×400 meter relay took second with a season-best time of 3:23.70.
The men’s team was dominated by a record-breaking performance by senior Cody Hall. Hall topped a nine-year-old record for the long jump by posting a mark of 7.24 meters to finish No. 2 overall.
“The team put up a lot of good marks that will put us in the top half of the SCAC rankings. On the men’s side, we just all around competed very well and I’m very excited to see what we can do at conference,” Hall said.
Hall also competed in the 110 hurdles and won with a time of 14.52 seconds. His winning streak didn’t end there; he won the high jump with a mark of 2.00 meters, a career best.
Senior Matt Love took second place in the discus on the men’s side with a mark of 49.57 meters. Harry Bellow placed second in the 800-meter run and Naim Barnett placed first in the triple jump with a mark of 13.61 meters. David Buss won the 3000-meter steeplechase and finished No. 9 in the javelin.
“Next week, we have a big meet at Pomona. It’s going to be very competitive and we’re hoping to put up good marks,” Hall said.
The Tigers will compete this weekend at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Claremont, California.