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2013 Meet Stories

By Dave Loveton, SBCC Sports Information

Saturday, May 18 -- State Championships at College of San Mateo, Day 2.

1600 relay finishes eighth in State

 SBCC placed eighth in the men's 4 x 400 relay on Saturday as the Community College State Championships came to a close at the College of San Mateo.
 Tristan Lake, James Herb, Geoff Brown and Cliff Lekas clocked 3:20.32. Sequoias won the race in 3:11.25.
 Riverside City College cruised to its fifth title in six years with 151 points, beating Mt. San Antonio by 91. Cerritos won the women's title with 91 points.

Friday, May 17 -- State Championships at College of San Mateo, Day 1.

   Rucker takes seventh in State high jump
Hebert is 8th in women’s javelin; Mateski 10th in men’s javelin

Kathryn Rucker took seventh in the women’s high jump on Friday in the Community College State Championships at the College of San Mateo.
Kathryn Rucker The freshman from Sacramento cleared 1.57 meters (5-1¾) to earn two points for the Vaqueros.
 Kodie Hebert, a freshman from Oregon, was eighth in the women’s javelin with a personal best of 36.93 meters (121-2). That’s the No. 4 mark in school history.
 Aaron Mateski placed 10th in the men’s javelin at 54.15m (177-7½).
 The Vaquero men’s 4 x 400 relay squad, which broke the school record in its last two races, will compete in Saturday’s final event of the two-day meet.

Saturday, May 11 -- Southern Cal Championships at Antelope Valley.

7 Vaqueros earn spots in State Championships
  Men’s and women’s 4 x 400 teams break school records


 Seven SBCC athletes punched their ticket to the State Championships on Saturday in the Southern Cal Finals at Antelope Valley College.
 The Vaqueros broke school records in the men’s and women’s 4 x 400 relay races on a hot day (95 degrees) in Lancaster.
Aaron Mateski takes 3rd in Southern Cal Freshman Aaron Mateski had the highest finish for the Vaquero men, taking third in the javelin with a personal-best 55.36 meters (181 feet, 6¼ inches) that was No. 6 in school history.
 SBCC’s men finished 17th in the 27-team field with 14 points. Riverside was the winner with 225 points.
 The men’s 4 x 400 relay improved on the school record they set in the WSC Championships by 2.16 seconds with a 3:14.41 clocking. Tristan Lake, James Herb, Geoff Brown and Cliff Lekas finished fifth in Southern Cal.
 The top four places in running events automatically move on to the State Finals. The last spot is determined by the faster fifth-place time in the South and North Championships. Halfway through the bus ride home, the Vaqueros got the good news -- they were 28-hundredths of a second faster and earned a spot in the State meet.
 Lake, a sophomore from San Marcos High, placed sixth in the 400 hurdles in 53.47. That’s the No. 2 time in school history, missing the record by .08 seconds.
 In the women’s meet, Kathryn Rucker cleared 5-2½ to tie for fifth in the high jump and Kodie Hebert was sixth in the javelin with a PR of 35.84 (117-5¾). The top six athletes in the field events moved on to the State Championships.
 The 4 x 400 relay unit had been chasing the school record all season and finally broke the 35-year-old mark by a mere .06 seconds. Sara Jungersten, Amy Connor, Kalina Rock and Emily Walker took eighth place in 4:00.38.
 Emily Bernath, the top qualifier in the Southern Cal Prelims, finished seventh in the 800 in 2:22.36.
 The Vaquero women were 20th with 12.5 points.
 The State Finals will be held next weekend at the College of San Mateo with field events on Friday and running events on Saturday.

Saturday, May 4 -- Southern Cal Prelims at Antelope Valley College.

15 Vaqueros advance to Southern Cal Finals
    Bernath posts fastest time in women's 800


 On a challenging day of heat and wind, SBCC qualified an all-time best 15 athletes on Saturday in the Southern Cal Prelims at Antelope Valley in Lancaster.
Temperatures were in the mid-80s with winds exceeding 25 mph. Eight women and seven men advanced to next Saturday’s So Cal Championships, which will also be held at Antelope Valley.
 The Vaqueros more than doubled their record of seven qualifiers from last year.
 Emily Bernath had the fastest time out of 27 runners in the women’s 800, finishing in 2:18.47. Kodie Hebert was the first qualifier of the day for the Vaqueros, throwing the javelin 32.35 meters to take 10th place. In the throws and jumps, the top 12 out of 27 advanced to the finals.
 Kaytee Krivulka qualified in two events -- taking 5th in the discus with a PR of 36.92m (121 feet, 1¼ inches) and 7th in the hammer (43.37m). Kathryn Rucker tied for first in the women’s high jump at 1.58m.
 The 4 x 100 relay unit of Sara Jungersten, Emily Walker, Kalina Rock and Samantha Wikmark qualified in eighth place with a 49.28 clocking. In the relays and running events, the top nine qualify for finals.
Walker also qualified in the 400, taking ninth in her second-fastest time of the year, 59.00.
 In the men’s 400 hurdles, Tristan Lake was second in his heat and fourth overall in 53.92.
 Cliff Lekas took fifth in the 400 meters in 48.94, his second-fastest time ever. Lekas also qualified in the 4 x 400 relay.
Aaron Mateski was fifth in the javelin at 54.44 meters.

 The Vaqueros ended the meet in strong fashion with both 4 x 400 relay teams qualifying. The men’s squad, consisting of Lake, James Herb, Geoff Brown and Lekas was seventh in 3:20.01 while the women’s team of Jungersten, Amy Connor, Rock and Walker was eighth in 4:07.14.

Monday, April 29

Six Vaqueros added for Southern Cal Prelims

 Six Vaqueros have been added to the field for the Southern Cal Prelims on Saturday at Moorpark College.  They are Dean Roell (1500) and Randy Davis (100) for the men and Samantha Wikmark (100), Sara Jungersten (400), Christina Khalil (100 hurdles) and Mia Owens (3000 Steeplechase) for the women.

Friday, April 26 -- WSC Finals at Moorpark College, 1 p.m.

Lekas takes 400 in school-record time
    Bernath wins women’s 800 at WSC Finals

 Cliff Lekas captured the 400 in a school-record time on Friday, leading the SBCC men to third place in the WSC Finals at Moorpark College.
 Lekas, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High, clocked 48.01 to eclipse the previous SBCC best of 48.22, set by Tim White in 1987.
Cliff Lekas Ian Roberts ran a gutsy 1500 and won in 3:54.58, beating the runner-up by one-hundredth of a second. It was the second-fastest time in school history. He qualified for Saturday’s Southern Cal Prelims in the 1500 and 10,000 meters.
 The Vaqueros recorded their best finish since 1981, taking third with 110 points in the 11-team men’s competition. Glendale edged West L.A. for the title, 170-161.
 The men’s 4 x 400 team took second place and also set a school record, breaking a 39-year-old mark with a time of 3:16.57. Tristan Lake led off and was followed by James Herb, Geoff Brown and Lekas.
 The Vaqueros qualified 14 men for the So Cal Prelims at Antelope Valley, including the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays. Cody Bidlow qualified in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 relay and Lekas will compete in four events -- the 200, 400 and both relays.
 In the 12-school women’s meet, the Vaqueros were sixth with 74 points. West L.A. won with 176 points.
 Freshman Emily Bernath won the 800 in 2:13.02, the fastest time in WSC Championship history. She also improved on her best time in the state this year by more than a second. That’s just 0.32 seconds off the school record.
 Kodie Hebert won the javelin with a 35.13-meter throw (115 feet, 3 inches) that’s No. 5 in school history.
 The 4 x 100 relay team took third with a time of 48.90 that was .07 faster than SBCC’s previous record, set in 1992. The new record holders are Sara Jungersten, Emily Walker, Kalina Rock and Samantha Wikmark.
 Nine Vaquero women qualified for the So Cal Prelims, including both relays.

Friday, April 19 -- WSC Prelims at Ventura College, 11 a.m.

17 Vaqueros advance to WSC Finals
      Roberts takes second in 10,000 final

 Ian Roberts took second in the 10,000-meter final on Friday in the WSC Prelims at Ventura College as 17 Vaqueros earned spots in next week’s WSC Finals.
ian Roberts Roberts, a freshman from Ventura High, scored eight points with his time of 32.41.42, the No. 7 mark in school history.
 In other finals, Kaytee Krivulka placed third in the women’s discus and John Morgan was fifth in the men’s shot put and sixth in the discus. All three athletes advanced to the Southern Cal Regional prelims by finishing in the top six.
 In track events, the top nine advanced to the WSC Finals on Friday, April 26 at Moorpark, starting at 1 p.m. Nine Vaquero men qualified in 11 events while eight women advanced in 10 events.
 Cody Bidlow (100 & 200) and Cliff Lekas (200 & 400) each qualified in two events. Nicole Bartlett (800, 1500) and Amy Connor (100 hurdles, 400 hurdles) were double qualifiers for the women.
 Additional women qualifiers were Samantha Wikmark (100), Sara Jungersten and Emily Walker (400), Emily Bernath (800), Dean Roell (1500) and Christina Khalil (100 hurdles). Other male qualifiers included Carl Davis and Randy Davis (100), John Nealon (800), Ian Roberts (1500), Darren Smith (110 hurdles) and Tristan Lake and German Hernandez (400 hurdles).
 Bernath won her 800 heat in 2:14.30, moving her back into the No. 1 spot in the state.
  Overall, the Vaqueros recorded 37 personal bests. It was a banner day for the sprinters with seven athletes posting personal bests in the 100 and 200 sprints, led by Wikmark who ran 12.72 in the 100 (No. 8 all-time at SBCC).
 Freshman Alexa Sanchez had a phenomenal 20-second PR in the 1500m. Seeded 28th, she finished 19th out of 35 competitors.

Saturday, April 13 -- Mt. SAC Invitational.

Bernath wins 800 at Mt. SAC Invitational
    Freshman beats top-ranked runner in state

SBCC's Emily Bernath captured the 800-meter title at the prestigious Mt. SAC Invitational on Saturday in Walnut.
 The freshman from Buena High ran a personal-best 2:14.86 to beat the top-ranked 800 runner in the state, Melissa Leyva of Sequoias, in their first head-to-head matchup.
Emily Bernath Bernath led wire-to-wire and won by 0.33 hundredths of a second over Lillian Asseria of Glendale in a field that featured four of the top six 800 runners in the state. Leyva was third in 2:15.23.
 Bernath already had the No. 2 all-time mark in SBCC history and Saturday’s effort moved her closer to the school record of 2:12.7, set in 1984 by Ali Owen.

 SBCC had numerous personal-best marks in the elite meet, which only invited the top 24-27 from California in the running events and as few as 12 in the field events.
 The men’s 4 x 400 relay squad of Cliff Lekas (49.5), James Herb (50.5), Geoff Brown (48.6) and Tristan Lake (50.0) ran the No. 4 all-time SBCC mark to win their heat by nearly three seconds in 3:18.71. The foursome is eyeing the school record of 3:17.04, which dates all the way back to 1974.
 The women’s 4 x 400 relay took fifth in 4:02.56, missing their season best by a hundredth of a second. The squad of Bernath (61.0), Kalina Rock (61.3), Sara Jungersten (61.7) and Emily Walker (58.1) is just off the SBCC school record of 4:00.44 set in 1978.
 Jungersten and Walker also competed in the open 400 with Walker just missing her personal best with a 59.23 effort and Jungersten earning a personal best of 59.72. Both runners were part of  the 4 x 100 relay squad (49.26, another personal best) along with Rock and freshman Samantha Wikmark. Wikmark ran her second-best 100 time of the season at 12.86.
 Kodie Hebert had one of the top finishes of the day as she placed fourth in the javelin with her second personal-best mark in as many weeks. Her toss of 35.04m moves the freshman to No. 5 on the SBCC all-time list. The mark also moves her back to the top of the leader board in the WSC.
 In the men’s javelin, Aaron Mateski just missed out on a top 5 medal with his sixth-place throw of 53.67m.Cody Bidlow ran on to the SBCC all-time list at No. 9 with his 200 mark of 22.06. John Nealon ran his second PR in a row in the 800, winning his heat in 1:57.46.
 Kathryn Rucker took third in the women’s high jump at 1.62m, her second-best effort of the season. Nicole Bartlett also hit her second-best mark with a 4:53.70 clocking in the 1500, good for fifth place
 Kristina Khalil and Amy Connor had season-best marks in the 100 hurdles at 16.47 and 17.24 respectively.
 The Vaqueros return to action on Friday in the WSC Prelims at Ventura College.
 All running events will be prelims (top 9 advancing to finals) with the exception of the 10,000m (top 6 advance to So Cal Championships) and all field events will be Finals (top 6 advance to So Cal prelims). Field events begin at 11 a.m. and running events start at noon.

Friday, April 5 -- Coast Classic at Orange Coast, 9 a.m.

Women take 2nd, men are 5th at Coast Classic
Bernath wins 1500 in No. 3 time in school history


 Emily Bernath captured the 1500 on Friday in the third-fastest time in SBCC history, leading the Vaquero women to second place in the seventh annual Coast Classic at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. The freshman from Buena High was timed in 4:40.28, the second-fastest mark in the state this year. She's also No. 2 on the state 800 list (2:15.44).
 Kodie Herbert also won for the Vaqueros, taking the javelin at 34.83 meters, the No. 6 mark in school history. Kaytee Krivulka was second in the hammer (42.03m, #3 SBCC mark) and third in the discuss (36.19).
 The Vaquero women placed second with 88 points in a 10-team field that included two four-year universities (Concordia, Vanguard). Orange Coast won with 120 points.
 Second-place finishers included Emily Walker in the 400 (59.15), Kathryn Rucker in the high jump (1.57m) and the 4x100 relay team in 49.92.
 In the men’s meet, Ian Roberts won the 1500 in 3:57.50, the sixth-best time in school history. The Vaqueros finished fifth with 92 points. Orange Coast won the team title at 121.5.
 Cody Bidlow was second in the 100 and the first community college runner in 11.26. Bidlow was third in the 200 at 22.73.
 Tristan Lake took second in the 400 hurdles in the third-fastest time in school history (53.93). Aaron Meteski was second in the javelin at 51.83.
 The Vaqueros will compete in the Mt. SAC Invitational on Saturday in Walnut.

Friday, March 22 -- WSC Coastal Meet, hosted by Cuesta at San Luis Obispo.

Vaquero men claim WSC Coastal Meet
    Bernath leads women to second place 
 SBCC won seven events on Friday to claim the WSC Coastal title in a six-team competition at Cuesta in San Luis Obispo.
 The men racked up 180 points to win their second WSC meet. Cuesta was second at 154, followed by Santa Monica at 92. The women’s team posted six first-place finishes and totaled 145 points to finish second behind Ventura (179).
 SBCC will receive 20 points heading into the WSC Championships on April 26 at Moorpark.
 The 4x100 relay was victorious in 42.18, their fourth-fastest time in school history. Cliff Lekas led a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 in 21.86, the sixth-fastest time in school history. Ian Roberts won the 1500 in 4:10.21 and Geoff Brown and Andy Lopez went 1-2 in the 400 at 50.40 and 50.9.
 Tristan Lake and German Hernandez were also 1-2 in the 400 hurdles in 54.54 and 57.18, a season-best for Hernandez. The 4x400 relay squad of Lopez, Geoff Brown, James Herb and Lake won in 3:22.56 and the SBCC blue team was second in 3:26.77.
 Aaron Mateski won the javelin for the second straight week with a throw of 54.17 meters. The Vaqueros went 2-3-4-5 in the 100, led by Carl Davis, Cody Bidlow and Randall Davis.
 The Vaquero women won two relays, taking the 4x100 relay in 49.34 and the 4x400 (Sara Jungersten, Kalina Rock, Emily Bernath, Emily Walker) in 4:02.55, #3 all-time).
 Individual winners included Bernath, running the No. 2 all-time SBCC time of 2:15.44 in the 800; Bartlett in the 1500 (4:54.19); Christina Khalil in the triple jump (10.23m) and Kathryn Rucker in the high jump with a season-best 1.63 meters, which is an automatic Southern Cal qualifier.
 Khalil was second in the long jump (4.91m) while Kaytee Krivulka took second in the hammer (44.17) and the discus (35.20). Krivulka’s hammer mark is the No. 2 mark in school history, behind her school record of 44.58.
 The Vaqueros will compete in the Orange Coast Classic on April 5.

Friday, March 15 -- 76th Easter Relays at SBCC, 11 a.m

Vaquero win 10 events at Easter Relays
Bidlow takes 100 and runs on two winning relays 

Results ***

 Cody Bidlow won the 100 meters and ran on two victorious relay teams on Friday to pace the SBCC track team in the 76th annual Easter Relays at La Playa Stadium.
The Vaqueros won 10 events, including seven by the men. The women added three first-place efforts in the seven-school College/University Division that included four-year schools Westmont and Bowdoin of Maine.
 Bidlow won the 100 in 11.18 and teammate Cliff Lekas was third in 11.25.
 “There was a slight headwind, but I didn’t care,” said Bidlow, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High. “A couple guys were seeded ahead of me and my goal was to beat them.”
 Bidlow ran anchor on the 4x100 relay that included Carl Davis, Lekas and Randall Davis. They ran 42.49, the sixth-fastest time in school history. Bidlow led off the winning 4x200 relay and was followed by Carl Davis, Tristan Lake and Lekas. They clocked 1:29.14 to beat Westmont by nearly a full second.
 The men’s 1600 sprint medley also went to the Vaqueros. James Herb, Andy Lopez, Grant Coleman and German Hernandez were clocked in 3:36.54.
 Other men’s winners for the Vaqueros were John Nealon in the 1500 meters (4:18.69), Ian Roberts in the 5000 (15:16.78) and Aaron Mateski in the javelin (52.36 meters).
 Lake didn’t run in his specialty, the 400 hurdles, due to illness.
 Kathryn Rucker captured the women’s high jump for SBCC at 1.53 meters. Nicole Bartlett took second in the 1500 and beat all the college runners in 5:01.18. Maggie Baker, running unattached, nipped Bartlett by a second in 5:00.18.
 Samantha Wikmark was second the 100 in 13.07.
 The Vaqueros also won two relays, taking the 4x200 in 1:43.52 and the 4x800 in 10:11.60. Amanda Chevalier, Kaylin Koopmans, Elysia Hodges and Laurel Stormans took the 4x200 while Emily Bernath, Bartlett, Dean Roell and Judith Rodriguez prevailed in the 4x800.
 The Vaqueros will compete in the WSC Coastal Meet on Friday, March 22 at Cuesta.

Friday, March 1 -- WSC North meet at Ventura, 9 a.m.  Men -- 1st, Women -- 3rd

   Vaquero men capture WSC North meet

Bidlow scores 20.5 points; Krivulka wins twice for women 

 Cody Bidlow won the 100, took second in the 200 and anchored the victorious 4x100 relay team, leading SBCC to the men’s title in the six-team WSC North meet on Friday at Ventura College.
Sophomore team captain Kaytee Krivulka won the hammer and discus, guiding the Vaquero women to third place.
 Bidlow, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High, ran 10.97 in the 100 meters, 22.25 in the 200 and combined with Carl Davis, Cliff Lekas and Randy Davis for a 42.18 clocking in the 4x100 relay, the No. 4 mark in SBCC history. Bidlow scored 20.5 points for the Vaqueros.
 The Vaqueros earned 128.5 points to beat Bakersfield (116) and Canyons (110). The winning team gets 10 points toward the WSC championship and second place gets eight, third-place six points, etc.
 Tristan Lake won the 400 hurdles for the ninth time in his stellar career with a 54.31 clocking. German Hernandez ran a personal best 57.74 to take third.
 Lekas ran in the open 400 and finished second in a PR of 49.17. Lekas and Lake combined with freshmen John Nealon and James Herb to take third in the 4x400 relay in the 4:19.84, the No. 7 all-time school mark.
 Andy Hernandez opened his season by running second in the 3,000 meters in 9:58.88.
In the field events. John Morgan was second in the shot put (12.19m) and third in the discus (34.74). Aaron Meteski threw the javelin 49.71 (163 feet, 1 inch) for second place.
 Ventura won the women’s title with 149 points, followed by Bakersfield (135) and SBCC (123).
 The Vaquero women won four field events, led by Krivulka’s 44.15m (144-10) effort in the hammer, which ranks No. 2 on SBCC’s all-time chart. She also won the discus with a heave of 111-8.
 Kodie Herbert recorded her second straight win in the javelin (30.06m, 98-7) and freshman Kathryn Rucker won the high jump for the third straight meet, equaling her personal best of 1.60m (5-3).
 In running events, Nicole Bartlett had two runner-up finishes with season bests in the 800 (2:27.47) and 1500 (5:05.36). Sophomore Emily Walker was second in the 400 (59.27, No. 7 all-time at SBCC) and freshman Samantha Wikmark took second in the 100 in 12.79, the No. 9 mark in school history.
 Wikmark and Walker combined with Sara Jungersten and Kalina Rock for a season-best 50.01 to take third in the 4x100 relay (No. 7 all-time).
 “As evidenced by the number of top-10 marks, we’ve got strong Track & Field teams this year and are looking for top finishes in the Western State Conference,” said coach Scott Fickerson. “This was a very good step in the right direction. The men and women combined for over 60 season-best marks on the day to show they are steadily improving and the best is yet to come.”
 SBCC will host the Easter Relays on Friday, March 15 at La Playa Stadium.

WSC North Meet
At Ventura
Men -- 1, SBCC 128.5. 2, Bakersfield 116. 3, Canyons 110. 4, Cuesta 97.5. 5, Hancock 57. 6, Ventura 49.
 Women-- 1, Ventura 149. 2, Bakersfield 135. 3, SBCC 123. 4, Cuesta 87. 5, Canyons 33.6. 6, Hancock 26.

Saturday, Feb. 23 -- Mt. SAC Decathlon at Walnut.

    Tang is 10th in Mt. SAC decathlon

He wins pole vault in first attempt at multi-sport event 

  SBCC’s Charles Tang took 10th place in the Mt. SAC decathlon on Saturday in Walnut in his first try at the multi-sport event. He won the pole vault at 3.75 meters (12 feet, 3 5/8 inches).
 Tang, a sophomore from Cherry Creek, Colo., was fifth in the long jump (20-2 1/8), earning his highest point total of 619. He also fared well in the high jump (5-9¼) to get 593 points..
  The decathlon was a 10-event competition held over two days.

Friday, Feb. 22 -- SBCC at WSC Relays, West L.A.

    Vaqueros collect seven wins at WSC Relays

800 sprint relay sets record; Krivulka breaks her hammer mark again 

 SBCC notched seven wins on Friday in the WSC Relays at West L.A. in Culver City.
Four came on the men’s side, led by the 800 sprint relay team that set a meet record of 1:32.98. The squad consisted of Randy Davis, Geoffrey Brown, Cody Bidlow and Cliff Lekas.

 Tristan Lake, a sophomore from San Marcos High, recorded the eighth win of his career in the 400 hurdles (55.04). Other winners were freshman Ian Roberts in the 3,000 (8:49.09) and the 4x100 relay team of Carl Davis, Lekas, Randy Davis and Bidlow in 42.48.
 The 4x400 relay unit of Lake, James Herb, Brown and Lekas was second in 3:20.87.
 In the women’s meet, Kaytee Krivulka broke her school record for the fourth time while winning the hammer at 44.58 meters. Her heave of 146 feet, 3 1/8 inches is more than 12 feet further than her best from last year.
 Other Vaquero winners were Kodie Herbert in the javelin (29.18m) and Kathryn Rucker in the high jump (1.60), the eighth-best mark in school history.
The 1600 sprint relay team of Sara Jungersten, Kalina Rock, Emily Walker and Nicole Bartlett took second in 4:24.23. The 4x100 relay unit of Jungersten, Walker, Rock and Samantha Wikmark was third in 50.78.

 “We put some good marks out there with some good finishes,” said coach Scott Fickerson. “We showed some teams that we’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”
 The Vaqueros will compete in the first WSC meet, called the North Meet, on Friday at Ventura.

Saturday, Feb. 16 -- SBCC at Cuesta.

Vaqueros sweep dual meets at Cuesta


SBCC defeated Cuesta 162 - 128 in a dual meet. The Vaqueros racked up 6 event wins with 4 of those in meet-record times. The men were led by the double wins of Freshman Ian Roberts (Ventura High)  in the mile (4:24.03 Meet Record) and 800m (1:59.82). Sophomore Cliff Lekas (Dos Pueblos High) won the 400m in meet record time of 49.50. Another former Dos Pueblos athlete, Cody Bidlow, posted the win in the 100m in meet record time 11.12. The Vaqueros also notched 2 relay victories on the day leading off the track action with a 43.01 meet record 4 x 100m relay effort made up of Bidlow, Geoff Brown, Lekas, and Randy Davis (El Camino High, Oceanside).  The foursome of Bidlow, Brown, Tristan Lake (San Marcos High School) and Lekas  took the 4 x 200m relay.

Said Head Coach Scott Fickerson:
"Ian (Roberts) was out sick for a week and we just got a week of strength work in this week. Today was basically a speed workout for him, so it was great to see him get out there and compete so tough and pull out some good wins. The whole team really stepped up a notch today after our season opener and had some great performances. We're still working very hard in training, so this is a great sign of things to come."

The Vaqueros head to West LA College next Friday, February 22 to preview the Western State Conference competition in the WSC Relays. Field Events begin at 9 a.m. with running events kicking off at noon.


The Lady Vaqs defeated Cuesta College 189-123 in a dual meet today at Cuesta College. It was a well-rounded effort with 4 field event wins,  2 relay victories and 2 individual titles on the track.  Kristina Khalil (San Marcos High School) had a banner day winning the  100mH (17.00), Long Jump (4.66m) and Triple Jump (10.12m). The foursome of Sara Jungersten (Gothenburg, Sweden), Emily Walker (San Luis Obispo High), Kalina Rock (Coronado High School, Las Vegas), and Susan Waters (The Dunham School, Baton Rouge, LA) won the 4 x 100m in meet record time 50.78. The same first 3 combined with Erin Ingalls (Dos Pueblos High School) to take the 4 x 200m in 1:52.32. Walker took the individual 400m title in meet record time 59.66 seconds. Also notching field wins were Aubreyanna Thompson (Pacifica High School, Oxnard) in the Shot Put (9.75m) and Kathryn Rucker (Burbank High School, Sacramento) in the high jump (1.53m).

Said Head Coach Scott Fickerson:
"The women really spread out their points today and that will be helpful later in the season in conference meets. I'm really proud of the effort by the ladies and particularly Christina Khalil winning 3 events and getting a personal best in the triple jump and Emily Walker in her 400m with a big personal best time.  There were a lot of great efforts out there. I'm very excited to see what's coming later in the season for these ladies!"

Friday, Feb. 8 -- Mt. SAC All-Comers in Walnut, 9 a.m.

Lake takes 400 hurdles at Mt. SAC All-Comers
  Krivulka shatters her hammer record by nearly 6 feet 

Sophomore Tristan Lake captured the 400-meter hurdles on Friday and Kaytee Krivulka broke her school record in the hammer by nearly six feet as SBCC opened its track and field season in the Mt. SAC All-Comers meet at Walnut.
 Lake won for the seventh time in his SBCC career, clocking 55.28 on a cold day in the mid-40s that featured rain, hail and wind.
 Krivulka took fourth place in the women’s hammer with a school-record toss of 42.16 meters (138-4). She set three school records in the event last year.
 The Vaqueros piled up six second-place finishes and three thirds.
 Krivulka was second in the discus at 36.02m (118-2) and Kathryn Rucker was second in the high jump (1.50m, 4-11). Nicole Bartlett was second in the 1500 (5:06.47) and third in the 800 (2:32.35. Sara Jungersten took third in the 200 in 27.20.
 Cody Bidlow placed second in the men’s 100 (11.24) and third in the 200 (22.73). John Nealon was second in the 800 (2:02.88).
 The men’s 4x400 relay squad of Lake, Cliff Lekas, Nealon and James Herb took second in 3:28.09. Their time was three seconds faster than SBCC’s 4x400 team in last year’s Mt. SAC meet.
 "On a day that was far from ideal for track and field, the athletes showed great effort and tremendously positive attitudes,” said coach Scott Fickerson. “This meet serves as our rust-buster and it's hard to shake off the cobwebs when you're frozen to the bone, but we went out there and made the most of it.
 “I saw some really good marks and many good signs of things to come. I'm really encouraged by what I saw out there, particularly knowing that we left some very good athletes at home who will be anxious to get out there and join their teammates soon.”


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