ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Eight school all-time top10 marks and 26 season improvements helped the Sacramento State track & field teams get off to a great start during the opening day of the New Mexico Classic on Friday night. The invitational is one of the largest meets the Hornets will compete in this season and features teams from throughout the country including several ranked in the top 25. The meet will conclude on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. PT.
WOMEN'S TRACK HIGHLIGHTS
Carly Schulz posted career bests in both of her events. The junior finished first in the 400 with a time of 55.54. That mark jumped her into third place in the Hornet record book and is the third-fastest in the Big Sky Conference this season. Schulz also ran 24.92 in the 200 to place her seventh in school history. That also is the fourth best in the Big Sky this year heading into the weekend.
Schulz was one of four Hornets to set a season best in the 200. She was joined by Cassidy Zurn (25.97), Amari Sperling (26.33) and Artearra Coffey (27.72). Freshman Shilah Bedingfield ran 57.66 to post a PR in the 400.
WOMEN'S FIELD HIGHLIGHTS
Morgan Jones and Jelaia Jones had significant improvements in the weight throw. Morgan Jones had a toss of 58-11.50 to take her to fifth place in Sacramento State history. That distance ranked her third in the meet and in the Big Sky this year. Her previous best was 48-04.50 at the Bronco Invitational two weeks ago meaning Jones had a 10-foot, 7-inch PR on Friday.
Jelaia Jones surpassed her PR by 2-foot, 3.75-inches after a throw of 57-02.75 to place fifth in the meet. She also moved into sixth place in school history and is fourth in the Big Sky this year. Adora Garrick also set her PR with a throw of 52-02.50.
In the high jump, Shelby Dozier and Sydney Pink each cleared 5-05.25 to set personal bests. The duo finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the meet based on jumps. The pair are now tied for ninth at Sacramento State. Both athletes had two-inch improvements off their previous bests.
Julia Grimm and Emilia Del Hoyo each had a season best in their events. Grimm cleared 5-03.25 in the high jump and Del Hoyo long jumped 18-01.75.
MEN'S TRACK HIGHLIGHTS
Three Hornets bettered their season bests in the 200. Clinton Spellman led the way in 22.21 and was followed by Alec Foster (22.25) and Calvin Spellman (22.55).
Isaiah Marable finished sixth in the 400 after running 49.53. That time was nearly a .34 seconds faster that his previous low.
MEN'S FIELD HIGHLIGHTS
Cory Barger led a group of six Sacramento State athletes who had season bests in the long jump. Barger jumped 24-03.75 to finish fifth in the meet and move into sixth place in school history. His distance was the second best among college athletes at the meet trailing only Texas' Steffin McCarter who jumped 25-04.50. Barger's previous indoor best was 24-01.50 set earlier this season. Friday's jump was the second-best by a Hornet in the last nine years and ranks second in the Big Sky this season.
Richard Cooper produced the seventh-best jump in the Big Sky this season with a leap of 23-02.75. Others to record season improvements are Dylan Barger (22-01.75), Adrienne Jackson (21-06.25), Andrew Stich (21-01.25) and Frederick Wagner V (21-00.75).
Freshman Jevin Kitchen placed ninth in the meet in the high jump in his collegiate debut. Kitchen cleared 6-05.50 for the best jump by a Hornet this season. Fellow freshman Daron Bland also set a PR at 6-01.50.
Kyle Peterson became just the fourth Big Sky thrower to eclipse 60-feet in the weight throw this season after setting his PR with a toss of 60-01.75. Peterson finished sixth at the meet and moved into sixth place in school history.
NEW MEXICO INVITATIONAL
200: 36. Carly Schulz 24.92; 44. Amari Jones 25.55; 46. Shilah Bedingfield 25.57; 52. Cassidy Zurn 25.97; 54. Amari Sperling 26.33; 63. Artearra Coffey 27.72.
400: 1. Carly Schulz 55.54; 10. Shilah Bedingfield 57.66; 12. Cassidy Zurn 57.71.
600: 8. Denise Reis 1:34.03; 9. Amy Quinones 1:34.85; 19. Sara Stevens 1:39.56; 22. Megan Auernig 1:40.57.
HJ: 6. Shelby Dozier 5-05.25; 7. Sydney Pink 5-05.25; T9. Julia Grimm 5-03.25; Sareena Patzke, Emilia Del Hoyo NH.
LJ: 19. Emilia Del Hoyo 18-01.75; 20. Brittany Patterson 18-01.50; 27. Sareena Patzke 17-02.75; 32. Tia Cooke 16-05.75; Julia Grimm Foul.
WT: 3. Morgan Jones 58-11.50; 5. Jelaia Jones 57-02.75; 10. Adora Garrick 52-02.50; 15. Selena Cisneros-Haefke 46-11.50.
200: 28. Clinton Spellman 22.21; 31. Alec Foster 22.25; 36. Calvin Spellman 22.55; 40. Isaiah Marable 22.66; 47. Dakari Douglas 23.51.
400: 6. Isaiah Marable 49.53; 12. Calvin Spellman 50.46; 17. Jose Rodriguez 54.53.
600: 13. Shane Marshall 1:26.98.
HJ: 9. Jevin Kitchen 6-05.50; 13. Max Jette 6-01.50; 14. Daron Bland 6-01.50; Frederick Wagner V, Andrew Stich NH.
PV: 15. Max Jette 14-04.50; 19. Andrew Stich 12-06.75; Frederick Wagner V NH.
LJ: 5. Cory Barger 24-03.75; 15. Richard Cooper 23-02.75; 22. Jah Strange 22-03.00; 23. Dylan Barger 22-01.75; 24. Daron Bland 21-11.00; 26. Adrienne Jackson 21-06.25; 29. Max Jette 21-01.50; 30. Andrew Stich 21-01.25; 31. Frederick Wagner V 21-00.75; 36. Jabari Reynolds 20-01.50.
WT: 6. Kyle Peterson 60-01.75.