From College of the Redwoods
CR track and field builds momentum at Merritt
Apr 12, 2014 - 7:37:23 PM
The College of the Redwoods track and field team continues to build steam heading down the stretch for the Golden Valley Conference championships as CR had eight different athletes set personal bests at the Maurice Compton Invitational at Merritt College on Saturday.
With the GVC championships just two weeks away, CR head coach Reed Elmore has high hopes for this year’s squad.
“I think we can do better than we ever have at conference,” said Elmore, the fourth-year coach. “Things are really looking up for us. We’ve also got a great recruiting class coming in so we’re going to try to go out there and set the tone and put Redwoods track on the map.”
On Saturday, highlighting the action for the Corsairs were the performances of Stefvon Ellington, who had a season best in the 600-meter with a time of 1 minute, 59 seconds, while Kevin McTague set yet another personal record in the 1,500m with a time of 4:22.
“It was like a 20-second PR for him, which was huge,” Elmore said. “And for Stefvon, it was great to see him get the monkey off his back and finish strong. He’d been struggling toward the finish but made a charge this time and showed just how good he can be.”
CR’s Nick Moran had a leap of 20-feet in the long jump, which was a season-best for him, while Gabe Best broke his old record by two seconds in the 1,500m with a time of 4:30.
In the distance events for the women, Elizabeth Duncan made a late charge in the 800m to set a personal record of 2:36, while Beatrice Caffe, who is currently ranked second in the GVC in the 1,600m, ran the 5K for the first time ever on a track and finished well with a time of 21:44.
“Overall I’m very happy with how things are going,” Elmore said. “Everybody is moving forward and improving and we’re really looking forward to seeing how we match up at conference.”
The Corsairs will compete at the Chabot Invitational next weekend before the GVC championships April 26 at Shasta.
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