Track and field gets a good ‘jump’

Priscilla Dauven

Jason Reed, Sports Editor

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The Bakersfield College men’s and women’s track and field teams each took second place in the Battle of the Regions meet that featured nine schools Feb. 15 at Bakersfield College.

BC men took second place with a score of 126, trailing first place San Joaquin Delta College, with a score of 162.5.  Santiago Canyon College finished in third with 110.

BC women also took second place with a score of 107.5, trailing Ventura College, which dominated the meet with a score of 167.  San Joaquin Delta women finished in third place with a score of 88.5, just squeezing past fourth place Antelope Valley College, which finished with a score of 88. “I think we had some really good performances today,” BC head coach Dave Frickel said on his team’s second-place finish.  After not having a meet in three weeks, Frickel believed his team put up a great effort. The Renegades had several first-place finishes.

Michael Norwood won the men’s 200-meter dash with a  time of 22.39 seconds, and Jade Gridiron won the women’s 200 in 26.74. Natalie O’Dwyer won the women’s 400-meter at a time of 58.37 seconds.  David Loustalot took first in the men’s 1500-meter run, with the time of 4:03.87 seconds, and Tejera Dial took first in the women’s 800 with 2:23.39. Matt Dunn won the pole vault.

The women’s 400 and 1,600 relay teams won in 49.12 and 4:07.62, respectively. The men’s 400 relay team won in 42.40.

BC’s  Evan Eggenberg took second place in the men’s high jump at 6’6”.

“We’re going to improved tremendously,” Frickel said when asked about how the team will improve over the course of the season.“This is great. We had three weeks in between meets and these guys have been training really well and they’re doing really well.”

Frickel said even though the team had nearly a month off, he still expected good performances from his runners. BC’s next scheduled meet will feature five other schools, March 1, at Ventura College.

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