The Riverside City College track and field program competed in the 41st Annual Aztec Invitational this past Friday against various levels of competition. Both sides earned strong results by overtaking a handful of state-pacing marks.
Combined between the men and women, the Tigers currently boast 22 marks that land within top five in the state. Furthermore, Riverside is responsible for seven state-pacing marks in various events. They continued to build upon their domination this past weekend against top competitors in the nation.
Sophomore speedster Antonio Mitchell clocked in a strong time in the 100 M with a qualifying mark reading 10.28. He recently snapped the school record in the 100 M with a mark of 10.16. Sophomore Jamal Palmer followed with a 10.67 mark in the same event, thus acting as a qualifying mark.
Sophomore Dillon Lay earned a qualifying mark in the 110 M Hurdles with a time of 15.25. He later followed to earn a qualifying mark in the 400 M Hurdles at a time of 55.61.
A 4 x 100 M Relay team comprised of sophomore Keylan Dennis, sophomore Jabriel Smith, Kea. Dennis and Mitchell earned a state-pacing mark at a time of 40.31.
Sophomore Keanon Dennis placed fifth in the 400 M and earned a qualifying time of 48.14. His mark currently stands as the seventh-best in the state.
Sophomore Enrique Villa and freshman Mohamed Mohammed finished consecutively in the 800 M. Both earned qualifying marks with Villa crossing the finish line at 1:55.34 and Mohammed following at 1:55.43. Sophomore Austin Dai earned fourth place in the 5,000 M to earn an qaulifying mark at a time of 15:16.62.
Sophomore Marcos Gonzalez continues to dominate the community college field in the Javelin with a mark of 191' 4", which is just three feet and four inches off his state-pacing mark.
Sophomore Alec Jones worked to earn a qualifying clip in the Shot Put with a mark reading 45' 10.75" and a qualifying mark in the Discus at a distance reading 143' 11". Sophomore Trevor Nakata earned a qualifying mark in the Hammer with a mark of 153' 1".
The women earned multiple state qualifying marks at the invitational in various events.
Sophomore Angelique Hudson set a state-best 43' 11.75" mark in the Phot Put to continue to pace the state. She holds a strong two-foot lead on the second-place competitor from Diablo Valley. Sophomore Tayler Salley earned a qualifying mark in the Discus at a clip of 138' 1" which is just shy of her season best mark.
A 4 x 100 M Relay team comprised of Mariah Allain, Annayah Pelt, Alana Wilson and Alondra Gonzalez earned a qualifying mark of 47.58 which falls approximately one second above their season-best mark.
Sophomore Madeline Corner clocked in a qualifying mark of 1:04.80 in the 400 M Hurdles, while sophomore Sujey Esteva placed sixth in the 5,000 M with a qualifying time of 18:30.03.