ATTENTION ALL TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES:
Do not forget to register for both of the Spring Track and Field classes to compete for the 2014 season!
FIRST YEAR ATHLETES: You have to register for the two following classes:
1. CRN #77706 or 90313 PHYE 222 Intercoll. Track and Field (for 1st year athletes only)
2. CRN #70122 PHYE 254A Professional Activities for Track and Field (for 1st year athletes only)
SECOND YEAR ATHLETES: You have to register for the two following classes:
1. CRN #79227 PHYE 223 Intercoll. Track and Field (for 2nd year athletes)
2. CRN #70135 PHYE 254B Professional Activities for Track and Field (for 2nd year athletes only)
Any issues or questions, contact Coach Ross at :firstname.lastname@example.org
Cassandra Kennison heads to the state championships in the shot put.
When San Diego Mesa College's Cassandra Kennison, the state leader in the shot put, was asked if she was surprised by her success this season, her response was simple yet confident, "I had goals…my first goal was to get 45', once I got that, my next goal was to be ranked 1st in State, now my next goal is to win SoCal and then hopefully State." Her unwavering dedication to these goals, and to the path she must take to achieve them, has lead her to the top of the State, setting a new standard for Community College Shot Put.
Freshman Cassandra Kennison, at her first performance this season at a routine dual meet (SDMC vs. Chaffey College), stepped out into the ring, in that meek, humble way of hers, and launched the shot put 42 feet 1 in., tying her high school PR and School Record Mark at Norco HS, easily out distancing her next competitor by 8 feet. But she knew this was just the first rung on the ladder for where she was headed, and with each throw she got closer and closer to her first goal of 45 ft., throwing 12.78m at the Foothill Conference Preview (41.93 ft.), then she placed 3rd amongst DI competition at the Northridge Invite with a throw of 13.48m. Then, Kennison PRed yet again at the RCC Open with a jaw-dropping 14.08m, easily eclipsing her goal of 45 ft. and sending her straight to the top of the State Performance List.
She has continued on with her success, winning the Foothill Conference Championship title, and now, will return to the Mt. SAC track this Friday, May 13th, to defend her top seed in the SoCal Regional Championships, just one more rung on the ladder on her way to the top.
Niki Novak produced the conference leading mark in the 800 meters.
The San Diego Mesa women's track & field team competed in the prestigious Mt. SAC Invitational on Saturday, April 10. The meet featured some of the best teams in the state. Against this high level of competition, the Mesa team produced two marks that now lead the Foothill Conference. The first came from multi-event athlete Dana Felt, as she ran 15.75 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles. Dana also contributed a strong leg on the 4 x 100 relay team, along with Emily Shirazi, Andrea Suarez and Niki Novak, that ran 52.11 seconds which ranks them 4th in the conference. Felt's successful day was completed with a 4' 8” high jump.
The other conference leading mark came from 800 meter runner Niki Novak. Niki ran a personal best time of 2:22.82 as she finished 5th in the race. Amazingly, Niki is still learning the 800 event.
Coming close to a conference leading mark was Michelle Thompson, whose personal best mark of 18:49.81 in the 5000 meters now ranks her 2nd leading into the conference meet.
Dana Felt will compete in the Southern California Heptathlon championships on April 13 & 14 at Cerritos College. The whole team then will compete in the Foothill Conference Championships. The prelims will be held Friday, April 23 at Antelope Valley College and the Conference Finals will be held at San Diego Mesa on Friday, April 30.
Suzanne Cornwell and Michelle Thompson had outstanding performances in the 1500 meters at the Pt. Loma Invitational.
The San Diego Mesa women's track & field team produced a large number of great performances at the Pt. Loma Invitational on Saturday, March 20 including many that rank in the top ten in the Foothill Conference rankings and loads of personal bests. The meet included most of the San Diego area schools including Pt. Loma College, Cal State San Marcos, UCSD, USD, Southwestern College as well as schools from outside of the San Diego area including the Naval Academy.
Giving an outstanding performance in her first ever attempt at 800 meters, Niki Novak won her heat in an outstanding time of 2:24.04. Niki's time leads the Foothill Conference performance list. The middle distance team also had outstanding performances in the 1500 meters with Michelle Thompson and Suzanne Cornwell moving into the 5th and 6th spots on the conference lists with times of 5:02.68 and 5:02.75.
Not to be outdone, the sprint and hurdle athletes contributed a number of fine performances. Dana Felt continued her strong season with the highlight of her day coming in the form of a 2nd place finish in the 100m Hurdles. Her time of 15.93 moved her into the number two spot on the conference performance list. Emily Shirizi also had an outstanding day including winning her heat of the 200 meters with a time of 28.02.
In the field events the Mesa athletes in the throws continued to improve while showing great team depth. Niqua Smith, Alicia Parker and Gina Nawab all had strong days in both the shot put and the discus. In the shot put the three ladies finished in 4th (Smith, 10.12m), 5th (Parker, 9.74m), and 7th (Nawab, 9.49m) places. Niqua moved into 3rd place on the conference performance list and Alicia moved into 4th place with their performances. Gina had the day's top discus throw for Mesa with her mark of 31.07m putting her in the 3rd position on the conference list.
Next up for Mesa is a home meet with the other San Diego area community colleges on Thursday, April 1.
Alicia Parker had outstanding marks in both the shot put and discus at the Foothill Conference Relays
Opposing teams within the Foothill Conference took notice of the increasing number of blue and gold as the Mesa Olympians displayed a successful Foothill Conference Preview in Lancaster over the weekend. Earning 5th overall, the women's team had a remarkable day with solid results ranging from the various throwing, jumping, sprinting, and distance events the preview had to offer. Alicia Parker had notable throws in her events as she earned 2nd place in the shot put with a throw of 30'5” and 5th in the discus with a throw of 86'7,” while teammate Nigua Smith earned 4th in the shot put with a toss of 28'11.75” and an impressive 3rd place with a mark of 97'9” in the discus. Moreover, in the long jump, Dana Felt had a solid early season leap of 14'7.75” as she placed 4th in the event.
Alongside the excitement from the field, the Lady Olympians similarly displayed many striking results on the track. Sprinting in their first 4x200m relay as a unit, Suarez, Felt, Davis, and Shirazi placed 3rd in the race with a finishing time of a 1:55.92, wheareas Niki Novak looked strong in the women's 400m as she ran a 63.54 and finished 3rd. As for the distance team, outstanding performances were viewed as Suzanne Cornwell and Michelle Thompson earned 3rd and 4th place with times of 11:08.81 and 11:13.77 in the lengthy 3k.
Dana Felt contributed strong performances in the long jump, 4 x 100 relay, 60 meter and 200 meter events.
The Last Chance Meet at Azusa Pacific offered the San Diego Mesa ladies track team a chance to open the season with some spirited competition. Despite the absence of a number of team members due to injury or other early season plans, the team jumped in with some very competitive performances and a much needed chance to get some competition under their belts.
Mesa's sprint and jump squad was outstanding, led by Dana Felt and Emily Shirazi. Both contributed legs on the winning 4 x 100 relay team which ran 54.46 seconds and looked good handing off the baton in an early season meet. Dana Felt was also Mesa's top performer in the 60 meter and the Long Jump while Emily Shirazi produced the top time in the 200 meter event.
On the field, in addition to Felt's performance in the long jump, Mesa also competed in the shot put with the top mark of 31' 8” belonging to Niqua Smith. Next up for the team is the Foothill Conference Relays, to be held at Antelope Valley on Friday, February 26.
Michelle Thompson, a Southern California regional finalist last year in the 1500 and 5000 meter events, returns to lead the team in 2010.
The Mesa track & field team opens the season this Saturday, February 20 at the Azusa Pacific Last Chance meet. After two years of leading the women's cross country team, Renee Ross takes over as coach of the track & field program. Ross brings a wealth of experience to the job and that has had an immediate impact on the program even before the season begins as the team will be by far the largest it has fielded in years. With many of the athletes being new to the program Ross is excited this week because “it will give our new athletes a chance to compete and the coaching staff a chance to see how all of the new athletes compete”.
This year's team will be lead by a coaching staff whose talents include an incredible amount of athletic achievements. The staff includes: Head Coach Renee Ross, an All-American while at San Diego State, who will lead the sprints; Thom Hunt, who has lead the distance program that has produced six state champions in the past three years of cross country and track; Jared Rome, an Olympian and World Championships team member in the discus who will coach the throws; Bashir Ramzy, an All-American at Texas A&M in four events who will coach the hurdles; Marcus Carroll, an NCAA finalist in both the long and triple jumps who will coach those events at Mesa; Karoline Koehler, an NCAA All-American at San Diego State who will coach the high jump.