Women’s track team runs at record pace

Records are meant to be broken. This saying was most apparent last weekend, when the Sonoma State University track team broke seven personal records and five season records at the Kim Duyst Invitational in Turlock, hosted by Stanislaus State.

This was the second event of the year and for the team, and there are no signs of complacency looming.

Junior Angelique Lopez led the squad, who placed just outside the top 10 in the women’s 100 meters performance list. Lopez ran a 12.8 in the 100 Meter Dash last month at the Johnny Mathis Invite in San Francisco. The mark solidified her in the history books for fifth all-time in Sonoma State history. This is not a first for Lopez, who’s used to the spotlight. Lopez made headlines when she ran the 100-meter dash in 12.49 at the Chico Twilight Invitational on April 9, 2016. It was the fastest time for a Sonoma State track and field student athlete since 1989.

With a time of 12.84 seconds, the local Vintage High product led the pack, but not too far in front of fellow junior Jessica Bolton, who raced across the finish line at 13.51. Bolton showed hard work pays off by demolishing 0.15 seconds off her previous personal best record.

In the 1500m event, Analicia Garcia headlined a personal season best for the Seawolves, coming in 20th place at 5:02.27.  Freshmen Jasmine Casillas tailed her sprinting in at 5:03.08.

However, a wolf pack is nothing without its leader, and Jasmine Rivera showed up and showed off. The lone senior of the group, Rivera set a season-best mark of 27.56. She placed 21st in the 200 meter dash at the Invitational.

Though upperclassmen headed the invitational, some young guns showed no nerves and made the leaderboards as well last weekend. A freshmen out of Buhach Colony High School, Alexis Casado destroyed her personal record on Saturday, posting 2:49.10 in the 800 meter run. Fellow freshmen Garvey Buchongo showed some bounce in the long jump, setting a personal record of 4.60m in the event. Also showing up for the sophomore class was Mia Liu, who posted her best time in the long distance run at 2:48.04, just in front of Casado. 

The Seawolves will look to continue their record-breaking season Saturday at the Chico State Wildcat Invitational in Chico.