SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's and women's track and field teams will have the rare opportunity to compete at Hornet Stadium in back-to-back meets as the team hosts the Sacramento State Open on Saturday. The meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with the women's hammer. The first running event will be the women's 5K at 10:30 a.m. and the meet is scheduled to conclude around 3:30 p.m.
Along with Sacramento State, the meet will also feature BYU, Cal, Nevada, Pacific, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, UC Davis and Utah from NCAA Div. I. There will also be several non Div. I teams as well as unattached and post collegiate athletes.
Sacramento State will use the Open as a final test before heading to Moscow, Idaho for the Big Sky Outdoor Championships next week. The meet will start on Tuesday with the heptathlon and decathlon and the main program will get under way on Thursday. With the championships starting a day earlier than usual, the workload will be light for the majority of the Sacramento State athletes this weekend. Freshman Daron Bland is the only member of the team schedule to compete in three events and only 16 others are entered in two events during the day.
Prior to the start of the 4x400 relays (approximately 3 p.m.) Sacramento State will honor 17 seniors who will leaving the team at the end of the year. The seniors for the women are comprised of Gracie Albano, Danielle Brandon, Hayley Ann Carbullido, Selena Cisneros-Haefke, Kathleen Durand, Adora Garrick, Danielle Jackson and Carly Schulz. The men will be represented by Mohamed Abdullah, Darius Armstead, Cory Barger, Richard Cooper, Max Jette, Andre Lindsey, Gathunga Ndirangu, Aidan Schraer and Tyler Sickler.
A LOOK BACK
The Hornets most recently competed at the Causeway Classic Dual Meet against UC Davis. The women's team crushed the Aggies, 113-75, while the men fell, 96-93. Freshman Shilah Bedingfield won the women's 200 and 400 to lead the women. Her time of 54.24 in the 400 was the third fastest in school history and the second fastest since 1983. Kyle Peterson led the men with wins in the shot put, discus and hammer.
A LOOK AHEAD
Sacramento State currently has several athletes ranked among the top five in the Big Sky Conference. Included among that group are four athletes that are leading the conference. Defending champion Darius Armstead moved to the top of the triple jump with a season best of 52-04.75 at the Causeway Classic. Armstead is joined in the top four by Jah Strange (3rd, 51-03.75) and Mohamed Abdullah (4th, 49-11.25). Brittany Patterson leads a sweep of the top three spots in the women's triple jump. Patterson travelled 40-05.50 at the Mondo Team Challenge. Nirie Boglino jumped 39-07.00 and Nashedah Mu'Min has a best of 39-05.25. Peterson threw the discus 180-00 at the Causeway meet to claim the top spot in the Big Sky.