FULLERTON, Calif. -- Three NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks highlighted Azusa Pacific’s first meet of the 2014 outdoor track and field season Saturday at the Ben Brown Invitational in Fullerton.
Junior Danica Dobosy led the way by unleashing fourth-best throw in the hammer in program history, throwing a personal-best 174-feet, 7-inches. Her performance met the NCAA Division II provisional qualifying standard, although the Cougars are not permitted to compete for Division II postseason competition until the 2015 track and field season.
“I was pleasantly surprised with our performances,” women’s track and field head coach Preston Grey said. “We had a better meet than I expected, and we just need to keep building on what we did. Hopefully our team is keeping an eye on those Division II marks, because as long as we keep improving and making strides, we’ll get to where we want to be.”
Junior Jake Hare posted a career-best time of 14.36 in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking one of two men’s performances which met Division II provisional qualifying standards. Junior Tanner Henry picked up the other, running 53.83 in the 400-meter hurdles, just 31-hundredths of a second off the personal-best he ran at the end of last season.
Senior David Schulte ran a PR of 21.98 in the 200 meters, and his 400-meter time of 48.59 was just 77-hundredths off his PR and nearly two seconds faster than what he ran in last year’s outdoor season opener. Sophomore Ronald Douglas also ran the 200 in less than 22 seconds, recording a time of 21.73, and senior Riley McKee was less than half a second off his own 800-meter PR as well as the Division II provisional qualifier by registering a 1:52.91.
Dobosy led the throwers, who registered several personal-bests in the weekend’s competition, and senior hurdler Jordan Chesley joined Dobosy with a program top-10 effort (eighth all-time) by posting a personal-best time of 14.48 in the 100-meter hurdles. Chesley was eight-hundredths away from registering a Division II provisional-level time, and she was less than a second away from another PR in the 400-meter hurdles as she posted a time of 1:07.19.
Other top performances included junior high jumper Santana Alford, who cleared 5-feet, 5-inches. That height was better than any regular-season performances she registered earlier this year during the indoor season, and it was just three-quarters of an inch off her best jump at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) indoor national championships in February.
Azusa Pacific resumes the outdoor season March 29 at the San Diego State Invitational in the first of six consecutive weekends of competition which wraps up the first weekend in May with the NCCAA Outdoor National Championships in Rome, Ga.