Sonoma State track team’s season reaches the finish line

The Sonoma State Seawolves went out with a bang in this weekend’s race. As their track & field season came to end, the women left it all out on the terrain.

Their final race, which took place in Los Angeles, California, was an important one for most of these women.  Competing in the 2016 CCAA Track & Field Championships was a fantastic opportunity for this team, and the results were even better.

Sonoma State sent five of their team members to compete, contending in an assortment of events throughout the weekend. Five girls taking on six different events can be challenging, but the Seawolves were able to make it happen. “A lot of us surpassed our goals or made them. So I think that is pretty fantastic, to have been able to set a goal at the beginning of the season and then accomplish said goal,” said junior Jasmine Rivera.

For one of these women in particular, it was a weekend worth remembering. Freshman Analicia Garcia was the team’s top finisher, with an outstanding score in the preliminaries, and a time of 4:51:75 in the 1500. With this exceptional performance, Garcia was able to earn an alternate spot in the final.

Although the spotlight seemed to be beaming down on Garcia, there were still four other women to recognize. Sophomores, Claudia Serrano and Maria Hurtado competed as well. “My performance overall wasn’t terrible, it was one of those meets that inspire you to hit the weights and train hard for next year,” Serrano said. Serrano took a shot at the discus and came out with a 30.86, while Hurtado competed in the 1500 and ended with a time of 5:10:14. Junior Jasmine Rivera competed in the 400, finishing with an impressive time of 59.90.

Sophomore Angelique Lopez competed in two different events during the weekend. Taking her chances in both the 100 and 200, where she finished 12.54 and 26.11. “I was disappointed that the time I ran was among one of the slowest for this season,” said Lopez. “If I would have hit one of my most recent times I would have been in the finals.” 

As this season comes to a close for these women, the Seawolves are able to look back and recognize all of their hard-earned accomplishments, with new personal bests in different events.