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Wagner achieves high mark in busy weekend for Stanislaus track

POSTED March 29, 2011 10:01 p.m.

Over the weekend, the Cal State Stanislaus men’s and women’s track and field teams showcased their ubiquitous nature by appearing at three different meets during the same time period. No, the Warriors did not buy a teleportation device from eBay. They simply separated into groups to compete at their respective meets.

The appearances garnered a few highlights.

Besides having a decorated women’s basketball player land an impressive mark in the hammer throw, one standout performance was Alycia Wagner’s ability to achieve another provisional mark for May’s NCAA Division II Championships — to be held on the Stanislaus campus — after winning the women’s pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 5 1/2 inches at the Chabot Relays at the Chabot College Track and Field in Hayward. She’s about 5 inches from a national automatic berth.

The Warriors also showed up at the Stanford Invitational in Berkeley and the Cal-Nevada Championships in Claremont, with many of them leaving the Bay Area with notable showings.

At the Cal-Nevada meet, the Warriors had two high-scoring athletes in Cuauhtemoc Vallejo-Howard, who finished sixth in the men’s hammer throw with a distance of 179 feet, 9 inches, and Justin Shinar, who had a javelin throw of 189-7 to also place sixth in his event.

Terrance Ellis was the only Warrior competing in the second day of the Stanford Invitational events, finishing the men’s 800-meter race in a time of 1 minute, 54.17 seconds for sixth in his heat and 41st overall out of nearly 60 runners.

And then a slew of Warriors competed at the Chabot Relays:

 

·         The Warriors swept the top three places in the men’s hammer throw on Friday night, as Thomas Gesser took first with a throw of 159-11-inches, Conrad DeAvellar threw 157-5 to place second and Cameron Begue finished third with a throw of 152-9.

·         Rashee Dean finished first in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 11 3/4 inches.

·         Brittini Showers was the overall winner in three events: the 100-meter dash in 12.84 seconds, the 100-meter hurdles in 16.57 and the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 5 inches. Freshmen Nyesa Enakaya finished second in the long jump with a leap 16- 1/2.

·         Rio Schwalbach finished first place in the women's high jump after clearing a mark of 5-1/4, to go along with a fourth-place showing in the long jump of 15-4 1/4.

·         Christina Matthews took second in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 60.35 seconds.

·         Kyle Maxwell won the men’s pole vault with a height of 15 feet.

·         As for the other woman throwers, Jeni Cunha finished first in the discus with a throw of 130 feet, 7 3/4 inches, second place in the shot put after tossing 38-7 3/4 and fifth in the hammer with a throw of 141-8.

·         Track newcomer and Stanislaus women’s basketball standout Katie Busi — also an all-region selection — finished seventh with a throw of 123 feet, 5 inches.

 

On Sunday, in the second day of the Cal-Nevada Championships, both Bell and Vallejo-Howard returned to action. Vallejo-Howard placed 8th in discus with a throw of 155-1, and Bell took 10th in the triple jump with a leap of 45-4 1/2.

This Saturday, the Warriors will be heading to the American River College Invitational.

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