FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Sophomore Matt Nash had a solid opening day of the heptathlon, and five other Azusa Pacific athletes competed in a handful of Friday’s women’s open events at the Mountain T’s Invitational hosted by Northern Arizona University.
Senior Cheri Smith registered a career-best in the shot put, clearing 40-feet for the first time in her career with a throw of 40-feet, 4.75-inches, while sophomore Danica Dobosy’s 34-feet, 11.75-inch effort registered a half-inch shy of the minimum qualifying standard in the same event for the upcoming National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) indoor championships later this month.
Sophomore Casey Schade cleared a career-best 10-feet, 0.75-inches, and freshman Kim Sanchez vaulted 10-feet, 6.75-inches to place second in the open section of the pole vault competition. Mareka Clark registered a season-best leap of 17-feet, 4.75-inches to place second in the long jump’s open section.
Nash opened the first day of the heptathlon with a career-best 60-meter dash time of 7.57, logging 690 of his 2,367 Day One points in the opening event. His other marks were 19-feet, 8.25-inches in the long jump, 37-feet, 10-inches in the shot put, and 5-feet, 5.25-inches in the high jump. Nash opens up Saturday’s meet with the 60-meter hurdles, which he ran in 9.29 seconds last week at Azusa Pacific’s Indoor Events Qualifier, followed by the pole vault (13-feet, 7.25-inches last week) and the 1,000 meters.
Azusa Pacific has 29 athletes entered into Saturday’s events at the Mountain T’s Invitational, while 11 Cougars are headed to Santa Barbara to participate in middle-distance and distance running events at the Westmont Sunshine Indoor Open meet.