This item originally appeared in the April 22, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.
By KYLE ROBERTS
Tech's track team put together another solid performance last weekend while competing in two separate events at the Mount San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif., and at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, by posting outstanding times and four regional qualifying marks.
"The Mt. SAC Relays went very well," Tech's head coach Gary Stanley said. "We only took a handful of guys out there, and I was very pleased with the results."
In California, senior Carlos Arrizon ran his second fastest time in the 5000-meter run at 14 minutes, 38.98 seconds, which placed him in 16th place out of 58 athletes in the event.
"That time may be the best in Louisiana right now," Stanley said, "and it should be very high in the conference, as well."
David Phillips and Gearie Smith both ran in the 800-meter dash on Sunday, recording times of 1:52.03 and 1:53.35, respectively.
Smith's time was his best thus far this season, while Phillips' time was a hair slower than his fastest time.
Even with all the great times for the event, Stanley said the highlight for the Mt. SAC Relays was the efforts of true freshman Jeremy Cobb.
"One of the nicest things that happened at the event was Jeremy Cobb running a 3:57.5 in the 1,500," Stanley said. "That time is an eight-second improvement over his last time."
Almost 1,400 miles east, the majority of the track team competed in Texas at the TCU Invitational under the guidance of assistant track coach Shawn Jackson.
"The conditions for the meet were very windy," Jackson said. "I thought we ran very well in spite of them."
Doria Appleberry broke another school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a Western Athletic Conference leading time of 13.56 for a first-place finish. Appleberry now holds the school record in both the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles.
Chrystlle Church had an impressive performance in the 200-meter dash with a fourth-place time of 24.76
In the women's shot put, Kaia Durrant-Nairne improved her best performance by over a foot with a mark of 48 feet, 8 1/4 inches for a third-place finish and a regional qualifying mark.
For the Bulldogs, Troy Lewis posted outstanding times of 10.37 in the 100 and 21.22 in the 200.
In the javelin, Greg Doughty threw an amazing 203-6, for a second-place finish and a regional qualifying mark.
Tech's track team will travel to Philadelphia, Penn., on April 21 for the Penn Relays.
"The Penn Relays is the most prestigious event in the country," Stanley said. "It's going to be like the Texas Relays, only better."