CLAREMONT, Calif.--- California Baptist University’s track team kicked off its season at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational Saturday, competing in the 3000-meter run and the 400-meter dash.
Freshman Alysa Avila finished in first place in the second heat of the 3000 clocking in at 11 minutes, 19.85 seconds to place 23rd overall. Kimberly Carter followed close behind Avila to finish in second with her time of 11:26.54 for the 24th spot overall.
“This was Alysa’s first collegiate track race so I was excited to see her win,” head coach Ben Gall said.
Alexandra Vukov and Natalie Ball finished in the top 25 out of 62 total runners with their 11:08.02 and 11:17.73 respective times.
The Lancer men’s 3000 was led by senior Sergio Rodriguez, who posted a time of 8:51.49 to finish in seventh place out of the 76 total competitors. Freshman David Aguilar crossed the finish line eight seconds (8:59.23) behind Rodriquez to grab 13th overall.
Taylor Guske finished his race in 9:03.38 to land the 21st spot and was followed by freshman Jeremiah Gotts (22nd, 9:05.77).
Lucas Graham was also amongst the Lancer men’s top-30 finish with an official time of 9:12.02.
New to the team this semester, Jeromy Gurule competed in his first 400 as a Lancer and clocked a 52.5 to finish 25th out of 42 total runners. Raul Moreno and Prashant Nathaniel were just over a second apart in the 400 with their 58.37 and 59.97 respective times.
“The highlights for us were the younger athletes who all ran excellent races to start their season,” Gall said.
The Lancers will meet back on the track in Turlock, Calif. March 1 for the Kim Duyst Invitational.