Track and Field | Titans take third

05/26/2011 10:17

By Ryan Kostecka May 26, 2011

It wasn’t the way the Titans’ men and women’s track teams wanted to end the season.

Jacee Retherford hurdles during  the NWAACC Multievent Championship on May 3.   Photo by Alan K. Fox / The TorchAfter winning the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Southern Region Championships last week, the men and women couldn’t keep the momentum as they ran into trouble in the NWAACC Championships.

“We didn’t get the outcome we were looking for but we did a great job for the number of athletes we had,” sprinter Dusty Jarvis said. “It’s tough to pick up as many points when we only have two or three athletes in an event and the other teams have four maybe five to pick up those extra points.”

Spokane Community College out-ran and out-jumped Clackamas, the southern region runner-up, on both the men and women’s side at the championships.

The Spokane men won with a final score of 267 points.  Clackamas finished a distant second at 148 while LCC came in third with a total score of 134.  The Spokane women won their division with a final score of 250 points, 76 points ahead of Clackamas who finished with 174.  The Titans were once again third with a final score of 145.

LCC sophomore Jordan Parker received the men’s Outstanding Field Athlete award after his performance in the pole vault.

Parker vaulted 16 feet, 8.25 inches, six inches better than his season best and a school record.

This year’s championship marks the seventh-straight for the men and eighth-consecutive for the women of Spokane.

Although LCC couldn’t come through with the titles, the Titans had plenty of great showing from athletes and quite a lot of talent returning next year.

Sophomores Jarvis and Cesar Perez and freshman David Formolo were the top performers in the championships for the men.
Both Jarvis and Perez ended their careers at LCC with stellar performances in their respective events.

Jarvis took first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.85 seconds, .03 faster than his season best. He also took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.03, .01 behind first place Cody Peterson of Spokane.

“I knew I had to forget about it and run my best in the 200, and that’s exactly what I did with a new PR (personal record) of 21.85 and got the victory, which really brightened up my day a lot,” Jarvis said.
Perez had a solid showing in the distance races for the Titans, taking home second in the 1,500-meter run with a time a 15:37.14 and third in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 33:23.27.

Formolo took second in the pole vault with a height of 16 feet, 2.75 inches and second in the decathlon with a final score of 6,171 points, winning the pole vault event.

Freshmen Josh Pecktol and Danny Parks both finished third in the high jump and discus throw, respectively.

On the women’s side, sophomore Katie Davis and freshmen Rachel Jensen and Gylany Crossman were the top performers for LCC.
Jensen took second place in both the 800-meter run (2:19.14) and 1,500-meter run (4:44.74).  Crossman took first place in the 10,000-meter run (39:45.78) and second in the 5,000-meter run (18:23.03).  Davis took first place in the triple jump with a leap 36 feet, 11.75 inches, six inches farther than her season best and fifth in the high jump with a high of 4 feet, 10.25 inches.

“The meet went really well. I feel like everyone on the team really stepped up and competed and we had a great day. Everyone has put in a lot of hard work this whole season so it was nice to see that pay off,” said Laura Jackson, who finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run and fifth in the 1,500-meter run.

With so many great and talented freshmen returning to both the men and women’s teams, along with a stellar recruiting class by both, the Titans look to set to challenge for the NWAACC Track and Field championships again next year.