Hornets’ track team has individual success at Aggie Opener

State Hornet Staff

The Sacramento State track and field team had a strong showing at the Aggie Opener, Saturday in Davis, Calif. The men’s and women’s teams had two individual first place finishes each.

Sophomore pole vaulter Steven Pust broke a tie with teammate, senior Brett Thompson, in a jump-off with a jump of 4.72 meters. Both athletes finished with a jump of 4.57 meters in the final round.

Freshman jumper Richard Cooper finished the long jump in first place with a jump of 7.01 meters, 0.08 meters ahead of Chris Mamon, an unattached participant.

For the women’s track team, Kristen Robinson continued her freshmen success in her first collegiate outdoor meet. She finished first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.09 seconds. Senior Emily Kersting won in the javelin event, with a throw of 4.64 meters, 1.88 meters ahead of Raffaela Wiesbeck of the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Hornets also finished strong in a variety of events. Senior sprinter Morgan Pope and her teammate, junior Caprice Powell, finished second and third respectively in the 100 meter dash. Pope finished with a time of 12.02 seconds while Powell finished right on her heels at 12.04 seconds.

Both women also helped the 4×100 meter relay team to a second place finish, with a time of 46.68 seconds. Robinson continued a strong afternoon, running the first leg of the event.

Matt Sepulveda, a sophomore thrower, finished second in the discus event. His throw traveled 46.80 meters. Billy Eng, also a sophomore, jumped 1.90 meters, good enough for second place in the high jump event.

The Hornets are back on the track Mar.22, when they host the Hornet Invitational.