March 17, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - The Boilermakers opened the outdoor track and field season over the weekend. The men’s and women’s teams competed at the Anteater Four-Way Meet and won 17 events.
Andrew Kendrick opened with a lifetime personal record in the men’s 400m dash. The senior ran the nation’s current top time, crossing the finish line in 47.30 seconds. Kendrick was also part of a pair of winning relay teams. Teamed with Anthony Brown, Tyler Askew and Eric Harris, Kendrick’s group won the 4x100m with a time of 41.16 seconds, which is currently the seventh-best in the country. In the 4x400m, Kendrick teamed with Andre’ Peart, Kendal Frederick and Mario Cosey to run a time of 3:13.41, the nation’s second-fastest time this year.
Brandon Winters opened the season with a win in the 110-meter hurdles. The senior ran a time of 14.07 seconds, which is the second-fastest in the country this year. Harris was a part of three wins over the weekend. Aside from his 4x100m win, Harris won the 100m dash with a time of 10.75 seconds, the 14th-fastest mark in the country. The senior also won the 200m dash with the sixth-fastest time in the country, 21.39 seconds. Coy Blair tied his outdoor PR in the shot put on the opening day. He won the event with nation’s third-best mark this year, 18.33m (60-01.75).
On the women’s side, Aarin Jones had a strong start to the season. The sophomore won the 400m dash with the nation’s top time of 54.67 seconds. The time is her new outdoor PR. Jones also was part of the nation’s fastest 4x400m relay team, as she, Kari Shoolbraid, BreAnna Smith and Taylor Morrison won with a time of 3:42.34. Jones added a second-place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 24.79 seconds, the 15th-fastest of the young season.
Ciana Tabb just missed her PR in the 100m hurdles at the meet. Tabb posted a first place time of 13.76 seconds which is the fastest in the country this year. Nikki Nunn won the women’s long jump with the third-longest jump in the country this year. Nunn leapt 6.00m (19-08.25).
The Boilermakers will stay in California for the week and compete in the USC Trojan Invite this weekend. The NCAA Indoor National Championships qualifiers, Raheem Mostert, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Dani Bunch and Cierra Brown, will join the rest of the team for the two meet scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Full results will posted at the completion of each day.