Corsairs run away with victory at WSC Finals
"We're going to the finals, man – there's no other way," said Bosun Oshunluyi, relay runner for SMC Track and Field. It was with this attitude that Santa Monica College's Track and Field teams advanced to the Southern California Preliminaries.
The teams consisted of men and women competing in both relay and individual team races, and during last Friday's Western State Conference Finals, the Corsairs dominated at multiple events.
On the women's side, individual standouts Dawn Wyatt, Lindsay LeBarge and Pearl McCall each showcased their distinct abilities with impressive performances in their respective fields.
Wyatt wowed her teammates by completing the 400-meter dash in a spectacular 55.98, catapulting her to first place in her event. That success subsequently trickled down to the 200-meter run, as Wyatt finished in third with an impressive time of 25.13.
"I felt it was my best performance this year," Wyatt said. "Even though I did so many events that day, I really wasn't burnt out."
LeBarge finished strong as well, taking fifth in the 400-meter sprint with a finishing time of 1:00.49.
McCall affirmed the Lady Corsairs' dominance by snagging both third and eighth place in the 400-meter and 100-meter hurdles, respectively.
The men were successful in their own events as star runners Orlando Kelker, Danny Robertson and Laurent Lawson exhibited equally explosive performances.
Entering the competition with high expectations, Robertson didn't disappoint as he advanced in both the 200-meter and 400-meter competitions. Robertson placed third in the 200-meter dash, finishing at 21.55, and took second in the 400-meter sprint with a time of 49.62.
Kelker placed sixth overall in the 110-meter hurdles, with a finishing time of 15.99, while teammate Lawson fell just one slot short of the next round, running his 200-meter dash with a tenth place time of 22.41.
The Corsairs remained triumphant throughout the conference, as both the men and women's teams won slots at next week's preliminaries.
The women's 4 x 100-meter combination of Wyatt, LeBarge, McCall and Beverly utilized their individual talents to achieve a common goal, taking fourth place with a time of 50.32. Replacing sprinter Beverly with distance runner Anthony in the 4 x 400-meter relay, the Lady Corsairs once again qualified for preliminaries by finishing in 4:06.08.
Women's Coach Eric Barron applauded the team's effort and was impressed by each individual performance.
"I was happy with it," said Barron. "The people we expected to qualify did, and those who were close also qualified, so they definitely lived up to my expectations."
The men's relay team also satisfied their own head coach, Larry Silva, as the combination of Lawson, Oshunluyi, Robertson, and Haughton placed both second and fourth in the 4 x 100-meter and 4 x 400-meter relay, respectively.
"I thought we had an outstanding performance at the WSC finals," said Silva. "I'm very proud of how well they worked together and I hope to continue this success through the SoCal Championship."