TRK: SBCC has good day at Easter Relays

Alex Heuchert of SBCC won the community college 1500 and was fourth in the 800 at the Easter Relays on Friday.

Ian Roberts trails SBCC’s Blake Hardnett early in the second lap of the 800 before making a move to win the race at La Playa Stadium on Friday. (Presidio Sports Photos)


SBCC’s Alex Heuchert won the community college 1500-meter race on Friday in the 76th annual Easter Relays men’s track and field meet at La Playa Stadium.

The freshman from San Marcos High was clocked in 4:00.94, one of 22 season-best marks by the Vaquero men. He finished second overall by just 0.78 seconds in the nine-team field that included four-year schools Westmont, Bowdoin of Brunswick, Maine, and Nippon Sports Institute of Japan. Heuchert finished fourth in the 800.


Bas van Leersum won the community college 400 hurdles in 54.39, which is the No. 7 all-time mark for SBCC athletes. Michael Orosco was a two-time CC winner in the hammer (35.92 meters) and discus (38.83m), both season-best marks.

Kyle O’Hollaren tied his season best of 4.40m (14-5¼) to win the CC division in the pole vault. Scott Santella won the CC high jump at 1.85m and was third in the javelin (46.53m).

“The meet ran smoothly and I was very happy to see a lot of our athletes perform so well on our home track,” said coach Scott Fickerson.

Easter Relays

Judith Rodriguez of SBCC finished fourth in the community college 800 meters.

For the women, SBCC’s Nicole Bartlett placed first in the community college 1500 (4:49.79) and 800 (2:26.31).

Bartlett, a sophomore from Seattle, finished second overall in the 1500 and fifth in the 800 against a nine-team field that included four-year schools Westmont, Bowdoin (Maine) and the Nippon Sport Institute of Japan.

Alyssa Garrett was third in the community college 400 hurdles, running the 9th-fastest time in school history (1:09.82).

Kathryn Rucker won the high jump at 1.65 meters (5 feet, 4 7/8 inches) and Kodie Hebert was second in the javelin with a toss of 34.23m.

Kaitlin Heely and Samantha Wikmark went 3-4 in the 100 with season-best marks of 12.93 and 12.94 (1st and 2nd for community colleges). They combined with Coutney Linhares and Marla Bonser in the sprint medley relay to win the community college division (2nd overall) in 1:55.20.