Many Sasquatch athletes set career-highs and NWAC leading marks on Thursday and Friday, March 25-26, at the two-day Whitworth Invitational and Combined Events Meet. This meet took place at the Pine Bowl on Boppell Track which also included a decathlon and heptathlon.
Season best times and distances were in abundance for the Sasquatch thin clads. Leading the way for the women was Alma Manzo, a sophomore from Connell, Wash., winning the women’s triple jump with a personal best of 37 feet 4 inches, beating a stacked field of mostly NCAA D1 athletes. Manzo finished second in the long jump with a season best 17 feet 4 inches – both jump marks are NWAC leading performances. She also ran the anchor leg of the women’s 4 x 100-meter relay that ran an NWAC leading time of 50.62 seconds, teaming up with McKenzie Fletcher, Jadyn Schulte and Julian Vaught for a quick lap around the track.
Additional top performances were turned in by sophomore Kylie Heimbigner in the women’s javelin with a second-place finish and the No. 2 two marks in the NWAC for this year at 103 feet 1 inch. In the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Jadyn Schulte had a personal best of 15.54 seconds – good for fourth overall and currently the No. 1 in the NWAC. McKenzie Fletcher, a freshman, matched that fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles running 1:05.94, a personal best and good for the top mark in the NWAC this year.
Lainey Johnson, a native from Homedale, Idaho, competed in her first college meet in the seven-event heptathlon and finished in sixth against a very talented field of competitors with a score of 2797. She was the heptathlon javelin event winner with an NWAC leading mark of 106 feet 3 inches. Her score is the best in the NWAC so far this year.
The men’s team enjoyed the same amount of success turning in some amazing early season performances. Leading the way again for the men was freshman Johan Correa who had a stellar day on the track including a blazing performance in the 1500-meter run, running a 3:58.38 for fifth place overall against an all top seven NCAA D1 field. Coming back a short time later in the 800-meter, Correa blistered the track finishing in second place with a time of 1:54.60.
Not quite finished yet, Correa anchored the team of Jon Watkins, Harlon Stuits and Travis Hicks to a winning time of 3:27.17 in the 4 x 400-meter relay – the top time in the event for the NWAC this year.
Hicks also ran a very quick 800-meter earlier in a fine time of 1:58.40, where he placed fourth overall. Hicks and Correa are No. 1 and No. 2 on the NWAC 800-meter run list.
In the men’s pole vault, TJ Lynch, a freshman from Kennewick, Wash., nearly equaled his personal best with a jump of 14 feet 2 inches finishing second but with the same height as the winner, only missing the win by a few earlier misses.
Bradley Fillis, in a breakout freshman campaign as one of the top throwers in the NWAC so far this year, placed fourth overall in the men’s shot put with a very nice throw of 48 feet 10 inches – the best mark in the NWAC this year. As of right now, Fillis is also ranked No. 1 in the discus and No. 2 in the hammer.
The Sasquatch men’s throwing crew is having a big season so far with Kolten Cairns, Joey Woodland, Brooks Michaels and Colby Anderson all stacking the top marks on the NWAC performance throwing lists.
In his first college decathlon, Spokane native John Grieshaber scored 5011 point in the 10-eventer. This score is the best in the NWAC so far this year. Grieshaber won the decathlon pole vault with a winning jump just below his personal best, jumping 13 feet 9 inches – also good for the second-best vault in the conference behind his teammate TJ Lynch.
The Sasquatch Track and Field squad look forward to competing again at the Pine Bowl on April 2 for the H.I.R. Invitational. (Pictured with this story’s headline on the homepage is CCS lthlete Jabriel Davis.)