From College of the Redwoods
McTague, Corsairs shine at GVC championships
Apr 26, 2014 - 8:25:10 PM
College of the Redwoods freshman Kevin McTague was a one-man wrecking crew at the Golden Valley Conference championships at Shasta College on Saturday, and, along with several other Corsairs, will be advancing to the NorCal Regional Championships at De Anza College in Cupertino next week.
After lapping nearly the entire field in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for a first-place finish with a time of 10 minutes, 5 seconds, McTague went on to take second in the 10,000m race (36:23) before capping the day off with his second GVC championship, winning the 5,000m race (16:14) to give him two first-place finishes in three events.
“We put him in the 5K just to see what would happen and he just had a monster kick to finish it so we’re pretty happy about that,” said CR head coach Reed Elmore. “It was just an extraordinary day for him in some pretty tough conditions.”
CR’s Stefvon Ellington took first in the 800m (2:01) and will advance individually in the event, and he also was a part of the relay team of Riccardo Cicciarella, Artis Jones and Nick Moran, who took first overall in the 4x4 relay (3:27.35) to advance as a group.
Several other Corsairs had strong days as well and will be on the bubble to make the NorCal championships, but will have to wait until Sunday’s seeding meeting to find out how they stack up against the other conferences.
Only the overall winners advance automatically.
Jones finished second in the 200m (22.83) and fourth in the 100m (11.16), while Cicciarella finished second in the 400m (52.36) and Colten Ross took second in the pole vault (13-feet, 9-inches) and is also on the bubble.
For the women, Elizabeth Duncan had a second-place overall finish in the 1,500m (5:28), while Beatrice Caffe took fourth in the 1,500m (5:51) and came back to get fourth in the 5,000m (22:44).
“We were able to beat Siskiyous and got third as a team with a pretty small group so it was a great day for us,” Elmore said. “Now it’s all about getting to state.”
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