Renegades turn in solid performance at relays

Seth Nidever

Bakersfield College athletes performed well March 12-13 in the 33rd annual edition of the BC Relays at Memorial Stadium.

In fact, virtually every single competitor set either a personal or seasonal best, according to men’s coach Bob Covey.

“It was a good day. We had 1,900 entries, about 1,000 athletes total. It was just a very nice meet,” Covey said.

State champion hurdler Jerome Miller and hammer thrower Leo Chavez led the way with first place performances in their respective events. Miller won the 110-meter high hurdles and the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Chavez hurled his way to a first in the hammer and a second in the discus.

Miller’s time of 52.4 seconds in the 400 was a personal best, but he was less than satisfied with his effort in the 110 highs.

“I wasn’t satisfied at all with my 110,” he said. “It wasn’t as fast. The start was very slow,” he said.

Other standout performances were turned in by distance runner Giovanni Perezchica in the 5,000-meter run (a second lifetime best), Jeremy Miller in the hurdles (fourth in the 110 and sixth in the 400) and Nick Cramer in the 800-meter run (second place).

All told, the men had five first places and three second places, while the women had one first place and one third place. No team totals were available because the meet was scored for individuals only.

“We tried to get guys to get down and concentrate on something without worrying about the old team,” said Covey.

The Renegades’season will get into full swing at the conference preliminaries in late April. After that, it’s a month long buildup to the state championships at Memorial Stadium on May 22.