Bronco Track Competes at Johnny Mathis Invite

April 1, 2009

On Saturday, April 4, the Santa Clara track and field team will be looking to continue its success in a familiar environment. For the third time this season the team will be competing at San Francisco State. This time, it will be in the Johnny Mathis Invitational.

"This is almost like a home meet for our team because the kids are very familiar with the track," said Bronco head coach Tom Service. "It is one of our favorite tracks."

Although the track may be familiar, the events will be different.

"The long distance runners on our team will be more focused on the 1500m and 800m. These events will help them with their speed in longer events," said Bronco assistant coach Felipe Montoro.

"For our distance runners the goal of the weekend is to have a strong and crisp workout," said Service.

Montoro is excited to see what will transpire during the meet. "The men will have their first 4x400 relay of the season, and I am interested to see what they can do."

Service is also excited for the women's 4x400 relay with Kazimir Brown, Jennifer Hinds, Jenny Light and Anna Wheatley running the relay. "I look for the relay team to be very competitive this weekend, and possibly break the school record that was set earlier in the year."

Also, freshman Jenny Light will run her first clean 800 this weekend and the coaches expect a strong race from her as well.

Seniors Noelle Lopez and Whitney Porter will be taking the meet off because they competed in a grueling 10,000m race last weekend, both running personal best times.

Although two Broncos will not be racing this weekend, two will be making their season debuts.

Junior transfer Josh Hernandez will be competing in his first meet of the season.

Senior Anna Wheatley will be making her debut for the Broncos, and will have an extremely busy day. Wheatley will run the 1500, the 800, and the 4x400 relay. "She will be really tired by the end of the day," said Montoro.