SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Sophomore javelin thrower Allison Updike used her first opportunity to represent Azusa Pacific track and field to register the second-best throw in program history to lead the Cougars to a productive day at the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State University Friday.
Updike’s best throw of 152-feet, 3-inches, was just 15 inches shy of the program-record set in 2000 by Vanessa Wilhelm. Even Updike’s shortest of four throws would have registered fourth on the all-time top ten list, as all four of her throws landed between 146-feet and her best of 152-3, and she moved into the top-five of the national NCAA Division II performance list with her season-opening effort.
Junior distance runner Elle Farrar improved her personal-best in her first event of outdoor season, clocking 18:29.41 in the 5,000 meters to improve by over 2.5 seconds on the previous best she registered last month at the National Christian College Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Sophomore Reika Kijima also turned in a personal-best in her event, posting a time of 2:15.25 in the 800 meters to shave nearly half a second off her 800-meter PR. Senior hurdler Jordan Chesley matched her personal-best in the 400-meter hurdles, registering a time of 1:06.36 for the third time in her career after hitting the exact same time in two different meets in April of last year.
The men’s track and field top performances included personal-best efforts from junior hurdler Tanner Henry, sophomore mid-distance runner Ryan Phillips, and junior multi-athlete Justin Young.
Henry posted the ninth-fastest Division II time in the 400-meter hurdles (53.13), improving his PR by nearly four-tenths of a second. Phillips posted a time of 3:55.16 in the 1500 meters, beating his previous-best from last year by four-tenths of a second, and Young threw the discus 140-feet, 7-inches, an improvement of nearly 10 feet on his previous career-best.
Seniors Sameer Sedam and David Schulte got their first long jump marks of the outdoor season under their belts. Sedam had a best leap of 20-feet, 10.75-inches, and Schulte was right behind his teammate with a mark of 20-feet, 9.25-inches. Senior Riley McKee was just four-hundredths of a second away from a PR in the 400 meters, posting a time of 49.43 seconds.