2016 Men's and Women's Track & Field
CCCAA State Championships May 20/21 @ San Diego Mesa College
Freshmen Nicole Clarke and Justin Alexander earn runner-up spots in State Finals.
Nicole Clarke (North Torrance) threw the Javelin 136'0" earning the runner-up spot in the Javelin in the final competition of the year for California Community Colleges.
Justin Alexander (Crenshaw) ran 52.64 in the 400 Intermediate Hurdles placing 2nd in his primary event as well. Justin has already qualified for this year's USATF Junior Nationals event to be held in Clovis in June, and will be attempting to earn a spot on USA's National Junior Team.
Sophomore Zaynab Bent-Mikail placed 5th in the Triple Jump with a mark of 36'6". Other El Camino athletes competing in the State Championshis were freshman Yazmine Al-Uqdah (Mira Costa) in the Long Jump (10th in 16-5 1/2)), freshman Jacob Funes (Peninsula HS) in the High Jump (9th in 6-3), and the men's 1600m relay team comprised of Nayveon Wheaton, Alexander, Chris Park, and Hayden Hinsch (9th in 3:18.70).
El Camino College's new athletic stadium including a 9-lane Beynon track surface is scheduled to open in June of this summer.
Southern California Championships May 7th and 14th
El Camino College had many fine performances highlighted by freshman NICOLE CLARK’S huge 143-0 throw in the Javelin WINNING the So Cal Title! Clarke's throw also moved her up to #5 All-Time on a deep Top 10 performer list. Big congrat’s to Nicole and throws Coach Darryl Guerin!
Freshman JUSTIN ALEXANDER placed 2nd in the 400 Intermediate Hurdles in 53.23 maintaining the lead right up to the finish when he was nipped at the line by Mt. SAC’s Atencio, but safely advanced to State.
Sophomore ZAYNAB BENT-MIKAIL placed 2nd in the Triple Jump in 39-4 (arguably a “mis-measurement” by the USATF official who also mis-measured another athlete from Southwestern). Nonetheless, the outcome of the qualifiers was not affected as they all advanced to State with solid marks.
SCC 1500m/800m Champ HAYDEN HINSCH placed a solid 3rd in the 1500m in 4:05.47, but due to a complicated qualify-by-time process, the wind-slowed race was not fast enough to advance to the State Championships.
Freshman YAZMINE AL-UQDAH placed 5th in the Long Jump @ 17-9 and advanced to State and also placed 7th in the High Jump @ 5-1.
Freshman JACOB FUNES placed 7th in the High Jump @ 6-3 and advanced to State.
The Men’s 1600m Relay placed 5th in a season-best 3:17.45 (Nayveon Wheaton, Alexander, Chris Park, Hinsch) and advanced to State.
Other fine ECC performers:
Sophomore Chris Park placed 9th in the Long Jump @ 22-6.
Freshman Ashley Wells placed 6th in the Discus @ 122-5.
Freshman Maurice Jones placed 8th in the 400 IH in 56.32.
In Final Team Scoring, Cerritos College won for the women (161) followed by Riverside (128.5), Mt. SAC (88) and El Camino in 9th (27) with the only other conference school scoring points LBCC in 22nd (6). For the men, Mt. SAC won with 207 points followed by Riverside (156) and Cerritos (57). El Camino was 12th (20) with East LA in 18th (8) as the only other conference scoring school.
281 images from Saturday’s meet here:
This Friday and Saturday are the CCCAA State Championships to be held at San Diego Mesa College.
South Coast Conference Championships April 26th and 29th:
In Final Team Scoring, Mt. SAC (1st place men/2nd women) and Cerritos (1st place women/2nd place men) took the top 2 spots with El Camino 3rd for both men and women and a number of solid performances including 3 individual conference titles; 24 individual event qualifiers; and 3 relay team qualifiers to next weekend’s southern California championships.
On Tuesday, southern Cal leader and freshman Nicole Clark won the javelin with a throw of 39.16 meters. On Friday, freshman Hayden Hinsch won an exciting come-from-behind 1500m in 4:02.49 and returned later to win the 800m in 1:54.99.
Tuesday album here:
Friday album here:
Others advancing to the Southern California Championships include:
Justin Alexander (400 IH)
Israel Cardona (1500m)
Jacob Funes (HJ)
Travis Heinemann (Javelin)
Kevin Hughley (Discus)
Solomon Kanehailua (3,000m steeple and 10,000m)
Chris Park (LJ)
Armando Villa (Shot)
Nayveon Wheaton (400m)
Men’s 400m Relay (Jarrett Anderson, Alexander, Wheaton, Park)
Men’s 1600m Relay (Anderson, Hinsch, Anderson, Wheaton)
Yazmine Al-Uqdah (Long Jump, High Jump)
Zaynab bent-Mikail (Triple Jump)
Xitlalic Canchola (1500m, 5,000m, 10,000m)
Allison Chapman (1500m)
Passionae Martin (400 Hurdles)
Ashley Wells (Hammer, Shot, Discus)
Women’s 1600m Relay (Chapman, Al-Uqdah, Martin, Princess Butler)
March 19, 2016
Warriors Give Strong Showing at UC Irvine Invite
IRVINE, Calif. – Freshman Justin Alexander placed third overall in the 400 intermediate hurdles to lead the Warriors at the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational against a couple of other community colleges, while facing a number of NCAA Division I competition.
Alexander finished in a time of 52.53, which ranks him currently first in the state and marks him ninth all-time on the ECC Top-10 Performer List in that event. Freshman Alex Castro finished fourth overall in the same event in a time of 56.40.
Sophomore Ethan Liang and freshman Solomon Kanehailua finished second and third overall in the 3,000 meters in times of 9:09.56 and 9:17.27, respectively.
On the women’s side, sophomore Zaynab Bent-Mikail finished fourth overall in the triple jump with a mark of 36-9 1/2, good for second in the state. And freshman Yazmine Al-Uqdah placed seventh in the long jump with a mark of 16-7 ¼.
The Warriors return to full competition on Saturday, Apr. 2 at the San Diego Mesa Invite.
March 1, 2016
Women’s Track and Field Garners CCCAA Scholar-Team Award
TORRANCE, Calif. – The 2015 women’s track and field team was named a recipient of the CCCAA scholar-team award after posting a 3.11 GPA.
The Warriors wrapped their season with a 12th place finish at the state meet, seventh at the Southern California regionals, and third at the South Coast Conference meet.
ECC returns 15 members from last year’s 21-student-athlete squad. Four women’s track and field members from last year’s roster are now at NCAA Division I schools.
February 12, 2016
Warriors Open Season with Second Place Finishes
COSTA MESA, Calif. – The men’s and women’s track teams posted solid performances in their first outings of the season at Orange Coast College on Friday.
Three female athletes took the title in their respective events. Freshman Nicole Clark (North Torrance HS) counted a javelin win with a throw of 119-4, good to currently lead Southern California. Sophomore Zaynab Bent-Makail (St. Mary’s Academy) won the triple jump with a 35-10, while freshman Rischanna Gaston (Jordan HS) won the 400 meters in a time of 62.7.
On the men’s side, the Warriors swept the sprint events, led by freshman Justin Alexander’s (Crenshaw HS) 400-meter intermediate hurdles victory in a time of 55.03. Freshmen Jerrett Anderson (Culver City HS) won the 100 meters, Zane Paully-Umeh (Middle College HS) took the 200 meter title, and Anthonee Parker (Hamilton HS) finished first in the 400 meters.
The track and field teams head to the Long Beach City Invitational next on Friday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m.