SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's and women's track and field teams set several meet records in the annual Green vs. Gold Meet last week. The Gold team prevailed with a 181-177 victory, sealing the competition in the women's pole vault on the final day.
The victory marked the third consecutive victory by the Gold squad. Newcomers to the program are drafted to both teams by captains. Once selected, most individuals remain on that team for the rest of their career. The coaching staff can orchestrate trades between returning members to help balance both the Green and Gold teams.
This year's competition took place over four days. Overall, there were 22 marks which bettered the meet record. The majority of those came in the men's and women's 3K. The men had five times faster than the record of 8:53.00 which was set last year. The group was paced by senior Tyler Sickler who ran 8:34.60. Elijah Changco was second in 8:37.70. All seven women who ran the 3K broke the existing record of 10:30.00. Amy Quinones, who had the record, obliterated her time by running 9:55.0. That time was 17 seconds faster than the next finisher and would rank as the third best in school indoor history. All seven women in the race ran 10:23.00 or faster.
Senior Danielle Brandon tried to rally the Green team in the final event with an impressive performance in the pole vault. Brandon cleared 13-00.25 which is just three inches off her career best during the indoor season. Hayley Ann Carbullido also cleared 12-00.00 to lead the Gold.
Freshman Brittany Patterson nearly single-handedly kept the Green team in contention. Patterson finished first in four events after running 7.83 in the 60, 40.20 in the 300, long jumping 18-00.50 and triple jumping. Fellow freshman Shiliah Bedingfield was second in both the 60 (7.90) and 300 (40.30).
Juniors Morgan Jones and Jelaia Jones (no relation) finished 1-2 in both the shot put and weight throw. Morgan had marks of 45-07.00 in the shot put and 54-05.25 in the weight throw. Jelaia had a put of 45-05.25 and a weight throw of 53-04.25.
In the men's competition, freshman Clinton Spellman had the fastest times in the 100 (7.10) and 300 (34.10). In fact, freshmen accounted for the four fastest times in the 60 with twin brother Calvin Spellman placing second in 7.19.
Veterans Max Jette and Austin Tinsley won the 60- and 300-hurdles, respectively. Jette ran 8.61 while Tinsley had a time of 37.70. Defending Big Sky champion Andre Lindsey did not compete in the meet while returning to the track following football season.
Both the Green and Gold team shattered the meet record in the 4x400. The Green team of Clinton Spellman, Andrew Sitch, Calvin Spellman and Alec Foster ran 3:18.60 to break the previous mark by nine seconds. The Gold team ran 3:19.00.
In the field events, sophomore Jah Strange finished first in the long and triple jumps. Strange long jumped 21-07.25 and had a triple jump of 49-02.25.
"Our Green vs. Gold competition is a great tradition for Sacramento State track & field and this year's edition had a lot of great performances highlighted by the extremely close final team score coming down to the final event of the competition," Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Jeff Magley said. "This meet allows us to get a feel for where our team is at after three months of fall training and it also does a great job of putting our program in a competitive mindset as we look to the start of our indoor season in January. We had some great performances to carry us into Christmas break and are excited about the challenges ahead for this program to continue its championship run in the Big Sky Conference."
Sacramento State will open its indoor season on Jan. 20 at the Bronco Invitational hosted by Boise State.