CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific opened up its outdoor season Saturday at the 17th Annual Rossi Relays hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, sending five throwers and eight distance runners to compete following last week’s first-place men’s and second-place women’s finishes at the National Christian College Athletic Association championships.
David Musson, last year’s NAIA javelin national champion, easily won the javelin event with a throw of 214-feet, 2-inches, a mark just 14 inches shy of his national-championship season-best a year ago. Richy Nance also threw the javelin, recording a mark of 149-feet, 5-inches, and Jackie Landers and Jordan Castro got their season underway in women’s javelin with Landers recording 110-feet, 5-inches in her first-ever collegiate javelin competition and Castro registering 85-feet, 5-inches.
Erica Grassl, who competed in shot put during indoor season, threw the hammer for a distance of 113-feet, 1-inch.
On the track, Sarah MacIntosh and Elle Farrar finished less than 20 seconds apart in the 3,000 meters. MacIntosh finished 10th overall among 37 competitors with a time of 11:02.65, and Farrar registered 11:21.69.
Zach Ginn led a group of six Cougars in the men’s 3,000 meters, finishing ninth overall out of 48 runners with a time of 9:14.43. Cameron Correa-Henschke improved on his career-best, chopping more than four seconds off his PR with a time of 9:20.82, and teammate Mike Richardson crossed the line less than a second later (9:21.75).
Zach Speno clocked 9:25.80, while Devin Pierce and Matt Hoekstra both registered 3,000-meter personal-bests. Pierce finished in 9:30.47, shaving more than a second off his PR, while Hoekstra’s 9:32.59 was 15-hundredths of a second better than his previous career-best.