SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific’s women’s distance medley relay team posted the third-fastest time in program history, and the Cougars continued to set up their national championship roster with another group of qualifying performances at Saturday’s Westmont Sunshine Indoor Open meet.
Azusa Pacific’s women’s track & field team won six of the 11 events in which Cougar athletes were entered, including the distance medley relay team that won the event with a time of 11:55.80, a margin of victory nearly 20 seconds over its nearest competitor.
In addition, the Cougars claimed first, second, and fourth place with “A” qualifying marks in the 3,000 meter run. Kristie Sikma edged teammate Sarah Higgens for the event win, posting a 10:12.54 while Higgens was less than a second behind at 10:13.52. Melissa Telon was not far back, taking fourth place with her time of 10:18.86.
The women’s 4x400 meter relay was nearly 10 seconds faster than second-place Fresno Pacific, recording the NAIA’s fourth-fastest time so far this season in 3:51.59. The Cougars also swept the top three spots in the women’s weight throw, as Kat Luna (56-feet, 7.25-inches) and Lauren Orris (51-feet, 0.25-inches) both registered season-bests to join Cheri Smith with “A” qualifying marks.
Other women’s highlights included Anita Fung’s win in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.89, just four-hundredths off the required time for a “B” qualifying mark. Fung also finished third in the 200 meter dash, and Breanna Leslie met the “B” qualifying standard in the high jump with a mark of 5-feet, 3.75-inches.
Leading the way for Azusa Pacific’s men’s team was freshman Remontay McClain, who won both the 60-meter and 200-meter events with “A” qualifying times while Zachary KeeneZachary Keene (6.99) finishing first and second, while McClain’s 200 time of (21.69) registered just ahead of Keene’s 21.80 as both put forth “A” qualifying times in the 200 meter dash.
Cedrique Smith, Jacob Hare, and Javen Correia swept the top three spots in the 60 meter hurdles, with Smith pacing the field with a time of 8.00 seconds. Hare (8.26) and Correia (8.38) both registered times that met the “B” qualifying standard, with Hare finishing just six-hundredths from the “A” standard.
Azusa Pacific hosts its first meet of the year, the Azusa Pacific Indoor Events Qualifier, next week, followed by the Feb. 18 Last Chance Qualifier the following week.