Chico State vaults into action at first track meet of the season


Track and field pole vaulters warm up before practice on a cold day. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

The Wildcats walked away from the final day of the Kim Dust Invitational as winners. It was the first track and field meet of the season, and Chico State looked ready for it. The men and women scored 221 points to win top team honors and held off second place Modesto College.


Men’s Results


Junior pole vaulter Justin Woo was the highlight of the meet getting first place with a vault of 15-3.

First-year Alec Dronen in his first Division II collegiate meet made his mark with a fifth place finish in the long jump with a leap of 22-3 3/4.

Another first-year for Chico State that came up huge at the meet was distance runner Jack Johnson who was first in the 5,000-meter run, timing out at 15 minutes, 30 seconds.

The ‘Cats dominated the shot put with senior Wade Tsang, junior Jason Dunn, senior Zack Stroing and senior Michael Haddorff placing second through fifth with throws of 12.92 meters, 12.33, 12.29 and 12.13.

The long jump team practices at University Stadium. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

Women’s Results

Junior All-American pole vaulter Taylor Sack started the first meet off strong with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 11-11 3/4 and winning first place in the process. First-year teammate Megan Farrell finished in third place vaulting 10-11 3/4.

Senior hurdler Ife Agbodike came in first place in the 100-meter hurdles dashing to a time of 16.78 seconds, and first-year Grace Hepworth came in second with 16.87 seconds.

Senior distance runner Quetta Peinado was seconds off the mark of making an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as she finished first among CCAA athletes with a time of 11:05.62.

Chico State will be back at the track Saturday, March 12, as they will be hosting the Wildcat Invitational.

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