Bronco Track Concludes Season In Sacramento

May 6, 2006

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bronco thinclads brought a very successful 2006 Track campaign to a close Saturday, competing in the Sacramento State Open. The meet was held at the historic AG Spanos Complex where both the Olympic Trials and NCAA Championships have been contested.

Once again freshman Anna Wheatley led the Bronco Distaffers breaking her own 800-meter record in 2:15.64 and running a great opening leg on the 4 x 400 relay team. Santa Clara won the relay handily running 4:09.49 while assaulting the old mark of 4:15. Carrie Pogorelc also had a super day taking fourth in the Open 400 in 62.2 and running a 61.9 on the relay. Brittany Hodill capped her best day as a Bronco with a third-place 5'0" mark in the High Jump and a strong leg on the relay. Sophomore Julie Erickson, feeling the effects of a flu bug, sucked it up for her teammates and threw down a very good 400 to help break the record.

The Women's 3K looked like a dual meet affair between Santa Clara and UC Davis. The Broncos were up to the challenge early as Noelle Lopez, Kiley Strong, and Whitney Porter challenged the Aggies in the early stages of the race. Lopez finished sixth in 10:40.23 followed closely by Porter in a season best of 10:43.05. Strong completed her eighth successful sport season as a Bronco (four cross-country, four track). She was a scoring member of several Bronco Cross Country teams over her carreer. Senior Andrea Roozen took 4th in the 400 Hurdles, an event she started only a month ago.

On the Men's side sophomore Chris Furnari coupled his middle distance background and speed in running 50.75 in the Open 400-meters and anchoring the record setting Bronco 4 x 400 with a 49.7 leg. The men smashed the old mark of 3:34 taking second to University of Mary in 3:29.97. Freshman Jay Cadwell coupled a 52.5 leg on the relay with his 4th place 800m finish of 2:01.48. Freshman George Sanchez followed his 11.7 100m by running a strong 53.4 leg on the relay. Ben Snyder closed out a very competitive freshman season with a 53.6 leg on the relay and a 4:10.59 in the 1,500-meters. Ironman Chris Gumbs battled for the lead in the 3,000-meters race for the first mile and stayed competitive the rest of the way, finishing second in a slight PR of 8:50.48. Team captain Mike Hannon made a successful season debut at 3K, finishing fourth in 8:59.19.

The Broncos have every reason to look back at their second NCAA track season with pride as they competed in 9 Invitationals. They added track athletes in six new events and set a slew of new marks. Listed below are the current school records.

Men
100m - George Sanchez 11.74 (2006)
200m - George Sanchez 23.49 (2006)
400m - Chris Furnari 50.75 (2006)
800m - Chris Furnari 1:55.32 (2006)
1500m - Mike Helms 3:56.06 (2001)
3000m - Mike Delaurenti 8:41.68 (2006)
3000m Steeplechase - Mike Delaurenti 9:34.92 (2006)
5000m - Mike Delaurenti 14:57.23 (2006)
10000m - AJ Blumel 33.45.96 (2006)
1600m Relay - 3:29.97 (Furnari, Synder, Cadwell, Sanchez)

Women
400m - Anna Wheatley 60.51 (2006)
800m - Anna Wheatley 2:15.64 (2006)
1500m - Anna Wheatley 4:43.28 (2006)
3000m - Shannon Bell 10:27.12 (2006)
3000m Steeplechase - Anna Wheatley 11:43.99 (2006)
5000m - Shannon Bell 17:51.14 (2005)
High Jump - Britanny Hodill 5'0" (2006)
1600m Relay - 4:09.49 (Wheatley, Erickson, Pogorelc, Hodill)