Strong Performances Made By Track & Field Weekly Winners
The four recipients of Big West Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors had strong beginnings to the 2018 outdoor season.
Cal State Fullerton freshman Rasaun House (Perris, Calif./Rancho Verde HS) had a fantastic collegiate debut at the Riverside City College Quad Meet, earning three second-place finishes for Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honors. House, who took on competition from RCC, Pepperdine and UC Riverside, clocked a wind-aided time of 10.44 in the 100-meter dash for a runner-up finish. He then finished second in the 200-meters in 21.49. Running the second leg of the 4x100 meter relay, House helped the Titans post a 40.74 second time. The 100m and 200m times are not only the top times in the Big West, but in the NCAA West Region.
UC Davis sophomore Mikaela Adolphus (Los Angeles, Calif./Upland HS) excelled at the Cal Opener for Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week accolades. She competed in three events and posted a first, second and third place finish for the Aggies. Adolphus won the 400-meter dash in 55.45 seconds, which is currently tied for eighth in the Aggie record book. Adolphus also notched a third place finish in the 200-meter dash (24.88). In the 4x400 relay, she helped the Aggie quartet place second in 3:48.86. She ran the opening leg on that relay team.
At the Beach Opener, Long Beach State junior Nico Hudson (Hanford, Calif./Kings Christian HS) shined at home to capture Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors. He hurled a lifetime-best 193-05 (59.05m) in the hammer throw to win the event. His performance represented a 2 foot, 5 and one-half inch improvement over his previous best effort. Hudson led a one-two Beach sweep of the event. Hudson also contributed to a one-two sweep in the discus competition, posting a throw of 156-01 (47.57m). Early on in the season, Hudson ranks No. 1 in the Big West and NCAA for the hammer throw and No. 2 in the Big West (No. 7 in the NCAA) for the discus.
Cal Poly freshman Brooke Tjerrild (Clovis, Calif./Clovis North HS) started her collegiate career in impressive fashion with a win in the pole vault at the Cal Opener, capturing Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week acclaim. She achieved the program’s best pole vault height in seven years, clearing 12 feet, 7.5 inches in Berkeley. The mark put her into a tie for ninth the school record book.
Others nominated (Men’s Track): Connor Crowe (Cal Poly); Isaiah Johnson (Long Beach State); Anthony Easter (UC Davis)
Others nominated (Women’s Track): Ciara Levy (Cal Poly); Shyann Reynolds (Long Beach State)
Others nominated (Men’s Field): Brad Beekman (Cal Poly); Drew Xandrine-Anderson (UC Davis); Lawrence O’Hara (UC Riverside)
Others nominated (Women’s Field): Cassy Nychay (Long Beach State); Stasia Kubicki (UC Davis); Hana Johnson (UC Riverside)