Track & field recap: Day 1 in California starts off strong weekend for CSU

Ben Larson

Ben Larson

April 17, 2014

Bryan Clay Invitational (Friday)

Mt. SAC Relays

Beach Track & Field Invitational 


WALNUT, Calif. – Athletes kicked off the first events of the Mt. SAC Relays meet both yesterday and today. At two separate locations between Cal State-Los Angeles and the Mt. SAC home turf at San Antonio College, the Rams have put in solid work for the start of a big weekend.

 

Cal State-L.A. hosted a heavy crop of talented athletes, including many Colorado State members. JT Van Veen found the meet to be a good opportunity to show off his strength and grabbed a season-best mark. He won the men’s discus throw with a 176 feet, 0 inch toss.

 

At the Mt. SAC Relays, other teammates were side by side in hard work with those at Cal State-L.A. Ben Larson crossed the finish line with a new personal record in third place against a large amount of tough competitors with a time of 29 minutes, 45.61 seconds in the men’s 10,000-meter run. Christian Meyer came in eighth at 30:05.10. Female Ram Rachael Rudel competed strongly in the same event on the women’s side. She would take seventh at 35:31.47.

 

Head Coach Brian Bedard was pleased with day one. “We got off to a good start,” he said. “JT Van Veen won the L.A. Twilight with a season-best in discus. Ben Larson got a huge PR in the 10,000 meters at Mt. SAC, along with Rachael Rudel, who also had a great run in the same event.”


 

 

 

Jonathan Edmunds jumped 22-11.00 in the long jump, finishing in fifth. Teammate Graham Gilliland wasn’t far behind in ninth with a jump of 22-3.75.

 

Isobel Brown and Amy Medina also jumped for the Rams. They finished second and sixth in the high jump at 5-5.00 and 5-3.00, respectively. Collin Scheer competed in the same event, leaping 6-6.00 and placing fourth.

 

Jessica Green, Monica Franco and Justin Green competed in the multi-events, wrapping up their competition today. Jessica Green finished 13th of 45 athletes with 4,916 points. Her top finishes were ninth place in the high jump and 10th in the javelin throw. Franco came in 34th with 4,113, coming in 13th in the high jump. Justin Green pulled out of the multis on the second day following the seventh event and would not go on to finish the decathlon.

 

The CSU track and field team will be in California tomorrow and Saturday. Events at the Mt. SAC Relays are spread out between three meets with events beginning at 10 a.m. MT. Follow the live results links below and stay tuned to @CSURAMSTRACK for the latest updates.

 

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