Women’s track running at record pace

Andrea Serles

Staff Writer


After a record setting performance in San Francisco, Angelique Lopez and the Sonoma State University women’s track team stepped into the blocks and ran through records again. 

The Seawolves competed in the Chico State distance carnival where several members of the track team participated in events over this past weekend. 

Angelique Lopez set the tone for the distance carnival when she set her personal record in the 100 yard dash in the preliminary round only to break her personal best in the real race with a time of 12.50. Which was good enough for fifth best in school history. Lopez ran the fastest time by a Seawolf runner since 1996. 

Lopez’ time was good enough for fourth place overall in the 100 meter dash.

Lopez wasn’t the only Seawolf to set a personal record as sophomore, Sierra Downum ran a 5:12:39 in the 1500. Downum chalks up the Seawolves impressive times on the track to good coaching. 

“Coach Sean is definitely one of the best coaches, he knows what every girl capable of doing and gives us hard workouts so we can reach our goals and full potential,” said Downum. 

After spring her way through records in the 100 meter dash,  Lopez ran the 400 hurdles for the first time ever, taking 7th in 68.08. 

Freshman Analicia Garcia, junior Jasmine Rivera and sophomore Sierra Downum all achieved solid times in Chico this past weekend. Garcia ran on the seeded race, taking 6th place in 4:54.51. This was Garcia’s third time this season running a time under 5:00. 

“I came on to the team having no expectations of making it this far. I feel so blessed to be on this team,” said Garcia.

Following Garcia was Rivera, who dipped under :60 in the 400 for the second week in a row, in 59.75. While lastly, Sierra Downum knocked a half second off her PR in the 1500, finishing with a final score of 5:12.39. 

“The girls have been working extremely hard and I can’t wait to see what we can do this weekend. Each weekend times have been getting faster and faster,” said junior Kelsey Lucas when asked how she thinks next weekend’s race will go. Next week the women’s track & field team will compete in the Cal State East Bay Legacy Invitational, which will be held in Hayward.