Track team sprints away in the East Bay

The Sonoma State track team crossed the finish line with ferocity this weekend after competing at the Cal State East Bay Legacy Invitational in Hayward on Saturday. 

Sophomore Angelique Lopez stole the show this weekend for the Seawolves, bringing home an impressive victory with her win in the 200 meter dash, and placing second in the 100 meter. After a competitive meet for Lopez, her time of 25.72 in the 200 meter became a season best, along with her new time of 12.54 in the preliminaries.

Although Lopez was a tough act to follow, many of these women saw success this past weekend during the 800 meters. Not only did freshman Analicia Garcia finish with a new personal record of 2:26:30, she also led the Seawolves with a seventh place finish. 

“After running three events that day, I definitely felt exhausted but not defeated. Next will be conference for Angelique, Maria, Jasmine and I. I am excited and ready for it,” said Garcia. 

Seawolf competitors Kelsey Lopez, Mikayla Mesker, and Sierra Downum each conquered their own personal records, with times of 2:36:48 (Lopez), 2:34:63 (Mesker), and 2:32:39 (Downum). 

Lopez and Downum returned to compete in the 1500 meters. “Going into this weekend the team and I just went into the race with a mindset that it was our last race of the season and we had to leave it all out on the track, and we all did,” said Downum. 

Both women exhibited solid performances during this event. Lopez finished in 5:17:62 and Downum with a time of 5:09:87, falling just beneath the 5:10 mark. 

In other events on Saturday many Seawolf competitors excelled. Sophomore Chauntel Sapp made her mark in the shot put with 9.87. Freshman Kathryn Rodd achieved 60.85 in the 400. Team members Kelsey Lucas, Angelique Lopez, Kathryn Rodd and Jasmine Rivera took on the 4x400 team relay with a time of 4:08:99, concluding the event as gold medal winners.

With this meet being some of the women’s last, the members are nothing but proud of their team’s achievements. 

“I felt pretty happy that at my last track meet my teammates and I did really well. Our times reflected the hard work we had been putting in all season,” said Lopez. 

The Seawolves will compete in the Warrior Invitational next week in Turlock, the last competition before taking on the CCAA Championships in May.