ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A day after setting eight school top 10 marks, the Sacramento State track & field teams continued to rewrite the school record book with four additional marks, including a school record, during the final day of the New Mexico Classic.
For nine years, Ron Scurlock sat atop the record board for the triple jump. His jump in 1999 of 49-05.50 was untouchable as no Hornet came within six inches. That changed last year when three members of the team moved ahead of Scurlock capped by Darius Armstead's leap of 51-02.75 at the Big Sky Indoor Championships. Armstead's reign, however, would not compare to Scurlock's as he was supplanted by Jah Strange on Saturday afternoon. Strange jumped 51-03.50 to move three-quarter inch beyond Armstead and set his PR by over 16 inches. Strange's mark places him second in the Big Sky this season and 24th nationally.
Along with Strange's school record, Danielle Brandon improved her second-place rank in the women's pole vault, Jelaia Jones moved into sixth in the shot put and Denise Reis ran the sevneth-best 800 in school history.
Sacramento State will have one more weekend of action before the Big Sky Championships. The team will compete in a pair of meets in Seattle next week beginning with the Husky Classic on Friday and Saturday and the UW Open on Sunday.
MEN'S FIELD HIGHLIGHTS
Strange led three Hornets in the top eight in the triple jump. The sophomore finished second overall and had the best finish among college athletes. Mohamed Abdullah ranked second on the team and was fourth in the meet with a jump of 49-03.50 in his first attempt of the year. Adrienne Jackson completed the trio with a leap of 47-01.00 to set his personal best.
Kyle Peterson placed 12th in the shot put with a best of 48-03.25.
WOMEN'S FIELD HIGHLIGHTS
Competing for the first time this season, Brandon cleared 13-04.25 to place seventh overall and third among college athletes. Her mark moved her to the top of the Big Sky standings this season and surpassed her previous best of 13-03.00.
Jelaia Jones and Morgan Jones each set season bests in the shot put. Jelaia had a put of 47-01.00 to move into sixth place in program history. She is now second in the league this year. Morgan Jones moved into eighth place in the Big Sky with a best of 43-04.50.
Brittany Patterson and Tia Cooke each set season bests in the triple jump. Patterson improved her Big Sky lead with a jump of 39-05.00. The freshman now leads the league by 3.25 inches. Cooke jumped 36-09.50 for her career best.
MEN'S TRACK HIGHLIGHTS
Sacramento State athletes set 11 season bests on Saturday. Elijah Changco had the highest finish, placing sixth in the mile in 4:21.70.
Andre Lindsey advanced out of the first round of the 60 and nearly missed qualifying in the 60-hurdles. Lindsey ran 7.00 in the opening round of the 60 and finished 18th in the semifinals in 7.07.
In the 60-hurdles, he ran 8.24 to finish in 10th in the qualifying round. Austin Tinsley edged Lindsey with a time of 8.20 to just miss he last berth by .04 seconds.
Tre Lockwood led the team in the 800 with a career-best time of 1:58.74 to place 15th overall.
WOMEN'S TRACK HIGHLIGHTS
Denise Reis shaved over two seconds off her career best in the 800. Reis ran 2:12.10 to finish 10th in the meet and move into seventh place in Sacramento State history. Her previous best was 2:14.66 set earlier this season at the Bronco Invitational.
The team was also led by Patterson in the 60 after running 7.87. Emilia Del Hoyo ran 9.04 in the 60-hurdles and Gracie Albano posted a time of 5:14.81 in the mile.
NEW MEXICO INVITATIONAL
60: (Prelims) 19. Brittany Patterson 7.87; 21. Shilah Bedingfield 7.89; 28. Amari Sperling 8.03; 37. Artearra Coffey 9.14.
800: 10. Denise Reis 2:12.10; 20. Amy Quinones 2:18.46; 25. Sara Stevens 2:22.20; 28. Megan Auernig 2:25.03; 30. Sareena Patzke 2:26.50.
Mile: 10. Gracie Albano 5:14.81; 23. Rachel Victor 5:30.57.
60H: 12. Emilia Del Hoyo 9.04; 16. Carly Schulz 9.08; 19. Sareena Patzke 9.26; 23. Artearra Coffey 9.78; 27. Julia Grimm 16.02.
PV: 7. Danielle Brandon 13-04.25; T15. Hayley Ann Carbullido 11-10.50; Tessa Davis NH.
TJ: 7. Brittany Patterson 39-05.00; 12. Tia Cooke 36-09.50; 16. Nashedah Mu'Min 36-02.75.
SP: 5. Jelaia Jones 47-01.00; 10. Morgan Jones 43-04.50; 18. Selena Cisneros-Haefke 36-03.00.
4x400: 7. Zurn, Bedingfield, Stevens, Shulz 3:52.61; 11. Del Hoyo, Reis, Mu'Min, Grimm 4:09.02.
60: (Prelims) 8Q. Andre Lindsey 7.00; 9. Clinton Spellman 7.03; 15. Calvin Spellman 7.17; 16. Jah Strange 7.18; 17. Daron Bland 7.19; 18. Austin Tinsley 7.22; 19. Cory Barger 7.25; 20. Richard Cooper 7.28; 22. Jabari Reynolds 7.33; 24. Dylan Barger 7.38; 26. Dakari Douglas 7.47.
60: (Semis) 18. Andre Lindsey 7.07.
400: 11. Alec Foster 48.27.
800: 15. Tre Lockwood 1:58.74; 17. Aidan Schraer 1:59.37; 18. Tristen Thomson 2:00.00; 19. Shane Marshall 2:00.44; 20. Elijah Changco 2:01.75.
Mile: 6. Elijah Changco 4:21.70; 10. Aidan Schraer 4:23.87; 17. Tristen Thomson 4:29.97; 18. Tre Lockwood 4:28.68.
60H: 9. Austin Tinsley 8.20; 10. Andre Lindsey 8.24; 17. Max Jette 8.56; 19. Dakari Douglas 8.67; 21. Andrew Stich 8.82; 24. Frederick Wagner V 9.58.
TJ: 2. Jah Strange 51-03.50; 4. Mohamed Abdullah 49-03.50; 8. Adrienne Jackson 47-01.00; Jabari Reynolds Foul.
SP: 12. Kyle Peterson 48-03.25.
4x400: 5. Stich, Jette, Douglas, Wagner 3:23.24.