TRK: Roell, Escalante, men’s relay highlight SBCC’s Easter Relays

Dean Roell, Jessica Escalante and a men’s relay team each posted a pair of wins on Friday at the Easter Relays at Santa Barbara City College.

Roell, a sophomore from Cabrillo High in Lompoc, captured the 800 and 1500 at La Playa Stadium. She led the 800 wire-to-wire and ran a personal-best 5:02.34. Escalante, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High, took the javelin and discus with a lifetime-best throw of 31.28 meters in the latter.

Alyssa Garrett won the 400 hurdles, Olivia Loy took the 400 meters and both were on the winning 4 x 400 relay team. Anyel Thomas placed first in the long jump.

“The women had a really good day,” said coach Scott Fickerson. “We ran a lot of people in ‘off events’ but ended up with some really good marks anyway. This was the best race I’ve seen Dean run in her 1500. She was aggressive and tough and held her form together really well. To run a PR going wire-to-wire is not an easy thing to do.

“It was a lot of fun for me to see the team enjoying themselves competing at home. The meet went pretty smoothly and I appreciated all the help from the support staff.”

Ryan Hoffman, Bas van Leersum, Simon Bailey and Tyler Higby tied the No. 5 all-time school mark with their winning 42.18 effort in the 4 x 100 relay. The same foursome took the 4 x 400 relay by a second over Pasadena in 3:19.82. That was the eighth-best all-time mark.

SBCC had two wins in field events. Marvin Magg took the shot put at 14.23 meters, the No. 7 throw in school history. Aaron Mateski won the javelin in a season-best 54.97m (180 feet, 4 inches).

Magg was busy on Friday, finishing in the top five in four throwing events. The sophomore from Germany was first in the shot put (46-8¼), second in the javelin, third in the hammer and fifth in the discus. Phillip Skopnik was second in the hammer.

“Our throwers had a really good day with a lot of PRs,” stated coach Scott Fickerson. “They really enjoyed throwing at home. Our relay foursome shone as well and they are really gelling as a group and starting to put up some great times.”

The Vaqueros travel to San Luis Obispo on Friday to compete in the WSC Coastal Meet.