IWC track squads step outdoors, perform well in St. Louis
St. LOUIS — The IWC track and field teams opened up their outdoor season at the Washington University in St. Louis Invite over the weekend. The Tigers started the season off strong with some strong performances in several events.
Will Stephenson competed in his first track meet of the year for the Tigers and came out strong. Stephenson finished 13th overall in the long jump with his mark of 6.21-meters (20’4.5”). Stephenson also ran the 100-meters and the 200-meters. He finished 48th in the 100m (11.68) and picked up the win in his heat in the 200 meters, running :24.19 to finish 33rd overall.
Duane Lee and Raul Becerra both had strong runs in the 400 meters and the 200 meters as well. Lee ran a new personal best of :51.95 in the 400 meters to finish 26th. Becerril also set a new personal best in the event, winning his heat and running :53.08 to finish 31st overall.
Lee ran :23.19 in the cold rain in the 200 meters to take 12th overall, while Becerril again got the win in his heat by running :23.40 to place 17th overall in the event.
Jaimee Crosby took advantage of being back in her hometown and ran personal bests in both of her races. Shaking off the cold rain, Crosby started her day by running 1:09.77 in the 400-meter dash to place 55th overall.
Crosby then blazed to a new best and a heat win in the 200-meter dash, running 30.30 to take 34th overall.
“It was a good start to the outdoor season,” said Coach Tad Hulst. “We had a long break between our indoor season and now, so it was good to get out and shake some of the rust off. I liked the way we attacked each race and our field events, and now we have our benchmarks and a better idea of what areas we need to work on. We came away with several personal bests, and I expect a lot more after we get back and work on some minor things.”
The Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 6 as they head to Ashford University for the Ashford Spring Classic. Field events are set to start at 10:30 a.m. and running events are slated to start at 11:15 a.m.