Kolodinski, Trudelle, men’s 4 x 800 win GSAC titles

Andrew Kolodinski, Chrissa Trudelle and the Westmont men’s 4 x 800 meter relay team earned the title of Golden State Athletic Conference Champions on the opening day of the 2011 GSAC Track and Field Championships at Fresno Pacific.

Kolodinski took first place in the men’s javelin with a throw of 64.52 meters (211-8), which was 2.51 meters longer than his closest competitor. Kolodinski, who set the school record last month, has the longest toss in the NAIA this season at 70.18 meters (230-3). Scott McDonald took sixth in the event, with a throw of 55.43 meters (181-7).

Chrissa Trudelle earned her GSAC championship in the 10,000 meters, completing the 25 laps in 36:44.94. The mark earns her an automatic qualification into the NAIA National Championships, though she may forgo the race in favor of the marathon. Trudelle’s time is the fourth fastest in Westmont history.

The men’s 4 x 800 relay team of Stephen Avila, David Donner, Garrison Gourdeau and Matt Shiney, won their race in a time of 8:05.18, beating out the Azusa Pacific team by 1.77 seconds. In other finals, Alison Sharp finished third in the women’s hammer, setting a new school record of 44.81 meters (147-0). Sebastiana Hernandez claimed sixth place in the event with a mark of 38.92 meters (127- 8). She also placed third in the women’s javelin with a throw of 37.62 meters (123-5).

Taylor Frantom tied for second in the women’s pole vault by clearing 3.30 meters (10-10). Angelina Gonzalez took fifth place in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, finishing in a time of 11:46.47.

Several Warriors ran in preliminary races on Friday including Sondra Blockman who clocked an NAIA outdoor automatic qualifying time of 14.87 in the women’s 100 meter hurdles. Laurel Stormans also qualified for Saturday’s finals with a time of 15.49.

Stormans and Blockman also qualified for the women’s 400 meter hurdle finals with times of 65.42 and 65.61 respectively.

Amanda Chevalier qualified in the women’s 100 meters, setting a school record with a time of 12.22. The mark earns her provisional qualification for nationals. Chevalier also qualified for the 200 meter finals with a time of 25.40.