Eagles Break Records at Stanford and Chabot
The Eagles sent split teams down to the bay area to compete in the highly regarded Stanford Invitational and the Chabot Relays in Palo Alto, California and Hayward, California respectively. The weather was absolutely perfect, and combined with great competition; the Eagles soared to new heights. “To be able to step in the blocks against athletes from Michigan, USC, Oregon, BYU and a host of other big schools is an absolute privilege and hopefully brings out the best in our athletes,” Coach Maas said. The field also included Olympic qualifiers and champions. The two day meet is widely considered one of the best early spring competitions on the West Coast.
At the Stanford Invitational, Eagle Freshman Tylan Lang surpassed all expectations as he broke the Siskiyous 24 year old 200 meter record with a blazing time of 21.48. That time was good enough to place 4th in the race, besting all Community College and University competition, save one from Stanford. That time also firmly places him as the top Nor-Cal 200m sprinter and second in the state, only .02 seconds from being the top sprinter in California. Tylan also finished 5th in the 100m dash with a time of 10.81. He is currently ranked number one in the 100 in Nor-Cal and 5th overall in the state. Stephen Dickinson placed 15th in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.23 and Donavon Cunningham took 7th in the discus with a season’s best 150’ 4” in the discus.
Meanwhile, at a very low key, but well run meet at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California there were some impressive marks put up. A finally healthy Zach Stoner showed what he can do in his new event, the 800 meters. He set a season’s best by nearly 5 seconds in a much improved field from last year. His time of 1:55.97 catapulted him up the ranks from 23rd in Nor-Cal all the way to 2nd. Joanna Beem competed in her first steeple chase of her career and despite 3 falls, set a new school record of 13:07.19 and is currently 7th in the steeple in Nor-Cal.
Notable performances and efforts were put forth by Reginald Howell in the 100, 110 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles, and 4x400 relay. He improved in all events and is steadily making his way up the conference ranks. Martin Ward also turned heads in his 100m debut with a smoking time of 11.55 and a season’s best of 12’ in the pole vault.
This weekend the Eagles head to OIT University in Klamath Falls for a 3 way meet with OIT, SOU and Siskiyous. The marquee event of the weekend will be Ryan “R-Dub” Webb vs. Charles “TelleTubby” Paddio in the open 100. The winner claims bragging rights and pride…throwing events start at 10 AM and running events at 12 noon.