Track and field has record-setting day
The Pacific track and field team set a number of school records at the team’s penultimate meet of the season on Saturday. The Tigers did our school proud at the Bulldog invitational in Fresno, putting on the best performances in team history in the 400-meter race, 100-meter race, 300-meter steeplechase, shot put and discus.
Erica Ramos ’19 was one of the Tigers who had a big day, setting a school record with a time of 1:02.07 in the 400-meter race. The Stockton native surpassed the previous record of 62.67, set by Mati Long ’17 at last year’s Beach Invitational. Ramos also competed in the 800-meter run, finishing at No. 16 with a time of 2:28.05.
In the 100-meter race, Naomi Nunis ’19 broke her own record with a time of 12.90, the first instance of any Pacific runner finishing in under 13 seconds in the event. Nunis, who hails from Manteca, broke the previous record held by Ebony Ezeji ’17 just last week at the Bryan Clay Invitational.
Another school record was surpassed by Lindsay Wourms ’16 in the 300-meter steeplechase. Wourms finished No. 2 in the race with a time of 11:20.37. Wourms was another Tiger who broke her own record, set a week earlier at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University.
Jasmine Jenkins ’18 set Pacific records in the shot put and discus events. Once again, Jenkins set the new bar high just weeks after setting the previous records. Jenkins was able to send her shot 10.87 meters toward the outer rim of the circle, finishing No. 12 among 19 participants. Jenkins surpassed her mark of 10.30 meters, set at the Bryan Clay Invitational. Jenkins also set the bar for Pacific athletes in the discus throw, recording a distance of 28.44 meters. Jasmine beat her throw of 26.72 meters, recorded at the Hornet Invitational in March.
Haley Silva ’19 set a personal record in the 1500-meter run, finishing at No. 11 in a field of 19 runners with a time of 5:07.16; this topped her previous best of 5:23.54, which she set at the Kim Duyst Invitational in early March. Mia Knipper ’16 also set a personal mark, finishing the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:35.11.
With so many encouraging performances by so many young Tigers, it is clear the program has a bright future. Pacific will finish the season at the West Coast Last Chance Meet in San Francisco on May 14.
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