Both the Men’s and Women’s Field & Track squads opened their seasons in impressive fashion at Lee today. The men won 78-54 and the women bested their crosstown rival 85-32.
On the women’s side there were several freshman making powerful debuts. Freshman thrower Jakaya Lee showed why she will be dangerous in the Silver for the next several years winning both the discus (73’10”) and shot put (31’6″). Breanna McClurken won the 2-mile run with a time of 15:35 and was a member of the winning 2-mile relay team with Melinda Calmo, Amy Phan, and Stephanie Lam which ran 14:22. Lanaja Craig blazed her way to first place finishes in the 100 hurdles (20.74), 300 hurdles (59.34), and 200 dash (27.98).
Junior Josefa Shields leapt 15’6″ to claim gold in long jump. She then went on to win the 100 dash with a 13.30. Josefa also led off the 800 and 400 relays which also claimed first place honors along with Teara Morris, Jaylis Arancibia, and Ariyana Mitchell.
Senior and newcomer Kamille Martinez won the 400 dash with a 1:19. It should also be noted that Godwin girls swept all three open sprint races.
For the men a statement was made right away during field events. Senior Kalem Dinh cleared 10’6″ to win pole vault. Marshawn Kneeland cleared 6′ to win high jump. Lewis Richardson, Jamykal Lewis, and Abel Duran combined to sweep long jump with leaps of 18’8″, 17’8″, and 15’8″ respectively.
Not to be outdone, speed was on the track as well with the 2-mile relay team of Jesus Ferral, William Vazquez, Douglas Rosales, and Jose Hernandez taking gold (9:47). Ferral also won the mile with a time of 5:02 and the 2-mile with a time of 11:44. Abel Duran and Marshawn Kneeland combined forces to take gold and silver in the 400 dash with 57.08 and combined with Jamykal Lewis and Jose Hernandez, they won the mile relay with 3:52.
Both teams are right back in action at home on Thursday, April 12 as they host the squads from Benton Harbor High School. Field events begin at 4:00 with running to follow thereafter. #DontGiveUpTheShip