Great weather and good competition met the Bronco track teams Saturday at the Kim Dyust Invitational hosted by Cal State Stanislaus and the Broncos proved they were ready to get started fast this season. Erin McCarthy won the women's 800m in what could be considered her break-out race after missing last season with injury.
The Broncos return to action next weekend at the Aggie Open, hosted by UC Davis.
"I was very pleased with our performances today. It was by far the best start we have had to a track season and we held out a number of athletes who were sick or recovering from minor injuries. We had a number of athletes make strong bids to win their races, which was our main focus today," said Bronco head coach Felipe Montoro.
McCarthy won the women's 800m in a time of 2:17.57 dominating the field. It was McCarthy's first race on the track in two years after missing last season with an injury.
Junior Erin Hartwig set a personal best in the women's 1500m placing fourth in a mark of 4:46.97. Also running well in the women's 1500m were freshman Audrey Hiatt and Jenn Nakamura, who ran 4:59.23 and 4:59.44, respectively.
The women's 5000m also provided some excellent early season performances for the Broncos. Freshman Mary Kriege ran a huge personal best and nearly won the race with a strong move from 800m out. Kriege placed second in 17:42.12. Junior Hayley Ney also ran a huge personal best, crossing the line in sixth place with time of 17:56.32. Senior Nicole Giove ran a 18:03.59, freshman Alex Garcia also set a personal best running 18:45.16 and sophomore Kayla Germany ran 18:45.85.
The men's 800m was highlighted by Guadalupe Gonzalez who ran 1:57.09.
The men's 5000m had the most SCU participants and yielded the best results. Senior Austin Jones took the lead with a strong move right after the second mile mark. Jones finished third at 14:46.56, a four-second personal best. Also running well were sophomore Moises Venegas who placed seventh in 14:55.34 and junior Kevin Oliver who ran 15:00.08, both student-athletes ran lifetime bests. Freshman Tony Ferrari also has a big personal best in 18th at 15:23.86.