FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Azusa Pacific track & field teams had a productive weekend, getting some early qualifying marks down at both the Northern Arizona University-hosted Mountain T's Invitational as well as the UW Invitational in Seattle.
Breanna Leslie scored 3,762 in Friday's pentathlon, just a point off the school-record, and she ran a pair of 8.58 60 meter hurdle races Saturday to lead a group of national qualifiers for the women's team that included the throwing trio of Kat Luna, Cheri Smith, and Lauren Orris. Other multi-event qualifiers included Megan Van Winkle and Emily Nash in the pentathlon, while Van Winkle also recorded an "A" qualifying mark in the long jump of 18-feet, 0.5-inches.
In Seattle, Victoria Martinez ran the third-fastest 3000 meters in school history, posting a 9:42 to easily register an "A" qualifying mark.
Men's qualifiers included Matt Rau, who won the heptathlon with 4,429 points, and Justin Young also eclipsed the multi-events qualifying standard of 3,750 with a 4,112-point performance. Despite a no-height in the high jump, Jorge Macias was just over 100 points away from the qualifying minimum, finishing with 3,649 points which included a 645-point contribution with his clearance of 13-feet, 5.25-inches in the pole vault.
The Cougars were well-represented in the hurdles, putting three athletes into the 60-meter finals, where Cedrique Smith took second with a time of 8.02 for another "A" mark. Javen Correia finished fifth in the finals, running a "B"-qualifying time of 8.34, while Slater Ezell finished seventh with a time of 8.61.
Genesis Hampton turned in an "A" qualifying mark in the triple jump, leaping 47-feet, 4.25-inches.
Azusa Pacific is on the road for another weekend meet at Westmont College on Saturday, Feb. 4, before the Cougars return home to host its first meet of the year, the Feb. 10-11 Azusa Pacific Indoor Events Qualifier.