Men's and Women's Track Shine at Occidental Distance Classic

Isaiah Labra and Bobby Brana
Isaiah Labra and Bobby Brana

The San Diego Mesa College men's and women's track and field team travelled to Los Angeles on Saturday to compete at the Occidental Distance Classic. With three meets in the book, and as expected by the coaching staff, the results being turned in are improving.  

Similar to the Cal State Los Angeles Invite, the Olympians competed against quality community college programs along with four-year universities such Cal Poly Pomona, Occidental College, and Santa Clara University.  Unlike the two previous meets, the weather was ideal and it provided the Olympians the opportunity to apply what the coaches have been teaching. 

"With all the hard work we've been putting in, results are starting to show," states head coach Sean Ricketts. "As long as we trust the process and follow the plan, we'll be in good shape leading up to the championship rounds."


Highlights from Saturday:

  • Hannah Hajj and Tori Palacki jumped 4'11" in the High Jump which ranks them #6 on the SD Mesa All-Time List
  • Women's 4x100mRelay 2nd Place - 50.2 (Carli Nosler, Holly Stallman, Jasmine Perez, Kayla Walker)
  • Holly Stallman ran 12.41 in the 100m which ranks her #5 in SoCal and #6 in the State
  • Bobby Brana opened up with a 9:28.8 in the 3000m Steeplechase which ranks him #7 on the SD Mesa All-Time List, #1 in SoCal and in the State 
  • Isaiah Labra opened up with a 14:42.02 in the 5000m which ranks him #8 on the SD Mesa All-Time List, #3 in SoCal and in the State 



Both teams will be back in action on March 15th as they compete at the Riverside Community College Open.