In the most competitive meet of the year so far, the Bronco track team had their best performance of the season so far at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Cal Friday night.
"Overall I thought we did really well. In many cases, our athletes were leading and controlling their heats, making the races happen. There were many personal bests set at Cal as well as new additions to our all time top five list, so the coaching staff is very pleased," said Bronco head coach Felipe Montoro.
The 1500m runners started the day off for Santa Clara. Allie Sibole, Hayley Ney and Erin Hartwig swept the top three places in heat two, controlling much of the race. Sibole won the heat in a personal best time of 4:42.80, Ney was second in 4:43.72 and Hartwig was third in a new personal best of 4:47.08.
In the men's 1500m, Robbie Reid competed well in a tactical race, placing fourth overall in 3:53.15, a seasonal best. "We were hoping for a fast early pace, but instead they field took it out very slow through 800m (2:08). Robbie closed in 58 seconds for the final 400m, so that was encouraging," added Montoro.
Reid will be the only Bronco competing at the Payton Jordan invite at Stanford on May 1 and will look to run a fast time according to Montoro.
Richard Zhu continued his solid season leading for much of his heat, ultimately settling for second in 4:00.71.
In the women's 100m, Kaz Brown ran 12.43 for third place in her heat and 11th overall. Brown had the best start of her season, and will look to lower her school record of 12.19 in three weeks time.
The women's 800m had Jenny Light set a new personal best of 2:19.67.
The 3000m Steeplechase saw Ben Demaree run his second best time of his young career. Demaree ran 9:27.67, despite falling in the water jump just after the mile.
Nhunguyen Le ran a seasonal best mark of 9:52.13 in the event as well.
The 5000m races saw three athletes crack into SCU's all-time best marks lists. In the women's 5000m, Nicole Giove ran a 12-second personal best to cross the line in 17:46.34, SCU's fifth best mark all time for that event.
"Nicole ran a great race, she really focused the last mile and the result was a big PR," said Montoro smiling.
The men's 5000m was equally as successful. Austin Jones ran the No. 2 time is school history placing sixth in the second heat. Jones stopped the clock at 14:50.15, an eight-second personal best. Right behind Jones was freshman Luca Signore. Signore used a strong last 600m to close the gap on his teammate Jones in the final stages of the race. He recorded an 18-second personal best running the fifth best time in school history and a new SCU freshman record. Signore crossed the line in 14:53.00.
"Austin and Luca really ran well today. Both of them executed their race plans to perfection, it was a great effort by both of them" said Montoro.