Bidlow carries Vaqueros to a WSC victory

Cody Bidlow won the 100, took second in the 200 and anchored the victorious 4×100 relay team, leading SBCC to the men’s title in the six-team WSC North track meet on Friday at Ventura College.

Sophomore team captain Kaytee Krivulka won the hammer and discus, guiding the Vaquero women to third place.

Bidlow, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High, ran 10.97 in the 100 meters, 22.25 in the 200 and combined with Carl Davis, Cliff Lekas and Randy Davis for a 42.18 clocking in the 4×100 relay, the No. 4 mark in SBCC history. Bidlow scored 20.5 points for the Vaqueros.

The Vaqueros earned 128.5 points to beat Bakersfield (116) and Canyons (110). The winning team gets 10 points toward the WSC championship and second place gets eight, third-place six points, etc.

Tristan Lake won the 400 hurdles for the ninth time in his stellar career with a 54.31 clocking. German Hernandez ran a personal best 57.74 to take third.

Lekas ran in the open 400 and finished second in a PR of 49.17. Lekas and Lake combined with freshmen John Nealon and James Herb to take third in the 4×400 relay in the 4:19.84, the No. 7 all-time school mark.

Andy Hernandez opened his season by running second in the 3,000 meters in 9:58.88.
In the field events. John Morgan was second in the shot put (12.19m) and third in the discus (34.74). Aaron Meteski threw the javelin 49.71 (163 feet, 1 inch) for second place.

Ventura won the women’s title with 149 points, followed by Bakersfield (135) and SBCC (123).

The Vaquero women won four field events, led by Krivulka’s 44.15m (144-10) effort in the hammer, which ranks No. 2 on SBCC’s all-time chart. She also won the discus with a heave of 111-8.

Kodie Herbert recorded her second straight win in the javelin (30.06m, 98-7) and freshman Kathryn Rucker won the high jump for the third straight meet, equaling her personal best of 1.60m (5-3).

In running events, Nicole Bartlett had two runner-up finishes with season bests in the 800 (2:27.47) and 1500 (5:05.36). Sophomore Emily Walker was second in the 400 (59.27, No. 7 all-time at SBCC) and freshman Samantha Wikmark took second in the 100 in 12.79, the No. 9 mark in school history.

Wikmark and Walker combined with Sara Jungersten and Kalina Rock for a season-best 50.01 to take third in the 4×100 relay (No. 7 all-time).

“As evidenced by the number of top-10 marks, we’ve got strong Track & Field teams this year and are looking for top finishes in the Western State Conference,” said coach Scott Fickerson. “This was a very good step in the right direction. The men and women combined for over 60 season-best marks on the day to show they are steadily improving and the best is yet to come.”

SBCC will host the Easter Relays on Friday, March 15 at La Playa Stadium.


WSC North Meet – at Ventura

Men — 1, SBCC 128.5. 2, Bakersfield 116. 3, Canyons 110. 4, Cuesta 97.5. 5, Hancock 57. 6, Ventura 49.
Women — 1, Ventura 149. 2, Bakersfield 135. 3, SBCC 123. 4, Cuesta 87. 5, Canyons 33.6. 6, Hancock 26.