Riverside Track & Field Dominates in First Conference Meet

Photos by Bobby R. Hester
Photos by Bobby R. Hester

The Riverside City College track and field program hosted an Orange Empire Conference (OEC) meet against a pair of competitors in the form of Saddleback College and Santa Ana College on Friday afternoon at Wheelock Stadium. The men dominated the field by scoring 131 overall points for a first-place finish, while the women recorded 112 points to haul in first place.

The men recorded numerous top finishes that found them atop the podium. Freshman Keylan Dennis hauled in a pair of victories coming in the 200M and the 400M. He notched a 200M time of 21.92 and a 400M mark of 48.24.

Sophomore Alec Hall went home with a top finish in the 1500M with a mark of 3:58.86, which was approximately 20 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Freshman Enrique Villa placed first in the 800M with a time of 1:57.16. Villa finished second in the 1500M behind Hall with a time of 4:03.19.

Riverside swept the podium in the 5000M with sophomore Jeffery Robbins placing first with a time of 15:54.11. Freshman Austin Dai (15:55.03) and freshman Angel Campos (15:57.48) finished in second and third, respectfully. Freshman Dillon Lay placed first in the 110M Hurdles with a mark of 15:32.

Freshman Baylee Carter and freshman Elijah Steward finished consecutively in the High Jump with Carter pacing the way with a mark of 5' 11.5". Steward followed with a height of 5' 9.75".

Freshman Tyler Harper and sophomore Spencer Mills finished back-to-back in the Pole Vault. Harper recorded a 14' mark, while Mills followed with a 12' 11.75".

Riverside swept the Shot Put with sophomore Jordan Davis placing first with a mark of 44' 1.5". Freshman Alec Jones followed with a second place finish with a mark of 43' 1.5". Jones placed first in the Discus as well with a mark of 149' 7". Freshman Marcos Gonzalez earned a first-place mark in Javelin with a toss of 169' 4".

For the women, sophomore Tia Parrish placed first in the 200M with a mark of 25.72. Freshman Maryjane Smith backed her with as second-place finish with a time of 26.06.

Sophomore Sarah Hollis landed atop the podium in the 1500M with a dominating mark of 5:04.11. She finished second in the 800M with a 2:31.24 finish. She capped her day with a gold medal in the 5000M with a 18:40.20 mark – a good two minutes faster than the second-place opponent.

Riverside dominated both Hurdle events with Sha'quan Matthews placing first in the 100M Hurdles with a mark of 15.94 and freshman Alondra Palmer placing first in the 400M Hurdles with a clip of 1:12.54.

Sophomore Ca'may Stocker hauled in a first place finish in the Shot Put with a distance of 39' 10.5". She followed with a 128' 7" in the Discus Throw to earn first place.

The Tigers will continue action on Saturday, March 3rd as they will host University of California – Riverside, Cal State University –Fullerton, and Pepperdine University at home at 1 p.m.