April 9, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Santa Clara track team continued their record-setting season on Saturday at the Johnny Mathis Invitational hosted by San Francisco State University. Sophomore Veronica Vazquez had a fantastic performance for the second week in a row, joining junior Mike Delaurenti with a record-setting performance in the 5000 meters.
Vazquez took third with a time of 17:40.39, and was followed by Whitney Porter, Danielle Miller and Blossom Marimpietri. Porter finished 9th in 18:24.80, a personal record, with Miller and Marimpietri finishing 17th and 18th, respectively.
On the men's side, Delaurenti ran another strong race, finishing a close second and setting a school record with his time of 14:46.41, just two seconds behind Humboldt State's Jasper Peach. In addition to Delaurenti's record-breaking performance, junior AJ Blumel set a personal record, finishing in 15:13.36, good enough for 14th place.
Freshman Joanna Gistand set a personal record in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.37, missing the finals by a mere nine hundredths of a second.
It was a close call for Ryan Ward and George Sanchez, who ran the 100 meter dash in 11.58 and 11.62, respectively, and missed finals by less than a half of a second. Ward took second in the long jump with a final distance of 6.60 meters (21'-8.75").
In what appeared to be the Broncos busiest race of the day, the men's 800 meters, Santa Clara was led by freshman Tony Dipre, who finished 6th with a time of 1:55.73, with nine Broncos chasing him across the line. Stephen Koch then led the Broncos in the men's 1500, taking 14th place with a time of 4:06.23, just three seconds ahead of Chris Gumbs, who ran in his first track event of the season.
With their eyes on the record books, the Broncos will travel to the Woody Wilson Invitational this Saturday, April 14 in Davis, Calif.