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Tomek Czerwinski scored a personal-best 4,912 points in the heptathlon at the Mountain T's Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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Published
February 8, 2014
By
Joe Reinsch

Mountain T's Invitational - Final Meet Results

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Led by a pair of personal-best performances in the men’s indoor heptathlon, Azusa Pacific track and field produced seven performances that reached the standards of Division II provisional qualifying. Although the Cougars are not yet permitted to compete at the Division II championships until the school has completed its full transition as expected this summer, the marks signify the level required for national championship qualification in future years.

Heptathletes Tomek Czerwinski and Justin Young both not only hit personal-bests in their seven-discipline event, they also both met the standard for Division II provisional qualifying by exceeding 4600 points. Czerwinski scored 4,912 points, which included a second-day total of 2,164 points for performances in the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, and 1000 meters. On Friday, Czerwinski’s long jump of 21-feet, 7.25-inches was just 4.5 inches short of his personal-best, while he was only a half-inch off his high jump PR when he cleared 6-feet.

Young smashed his previous best by exactly 300 points, finishing with 4,629 and a second-day tally of 1,978 points. In the process, he bettered his PRs in four of the seven events, including the 60-meter dash (7.31), 60-meter hurdles (8.60), shot put (41-feet, 5-inches), and 1000 meters (3:05.94). After clearing 12-feet, 1.5-inches in the pole vault, Young would have also matched his PR in the pole vault if he had been able to clear the next bar.

Junior Amber Panapa registered a D-II provisional mark in the weight throw and improved on her season-best by over three feet with a toss of 55-feet, 5-inches with her opening throw. Freshman Kaylee Fink also notched a season-best in the same event, throwing 43-feet, 8-inches.

The rest of the Division II provisional marks came from Jacob Hare in the 60-meter hurdles, David Schulte in the 400, Riley McKee in the 800, and Ronald Douglas in the 200 (Friday). Hare won his qualifying heat to advance to the finals, where he turned in a time of 8.11 seconds which still registered as a personal-best even after a time adjustment for altitude.

Schulte blazed to a 400-meter time of 49.05, converted for altitude to 49.26, beating the D-II provisional standard for the second time this season. McKee’s time of 1:54.10 in the 800 was the fourth sub-1:55 he’s posted in his career, and it was his fastest indoor 800 ever. On Friday, Douglas was the fastest of six Cougar finishers in the 200, posting a time of 22.02, which was his fastest ever on an indoor track.

Other top performances included the women’s 800 meters, where Diandra Carstensen and Reika Kijima both registered times that rank in the top-10 of the National Christian College Athletic Association so far this indoor season. Carstensen clocked a 2:20.04, while Kijima posted a time of 2:22.26. Jordan Chesley’s time of 9.18 in the 60-meter hurdles placed her in the top-eight of the NCCAA national performance list.

Azusa Pacific’s final regular-season competition of the indoor season will be the Run For The Dream Indoor Invitational meet in Fresno on Monday, Feb. 17.