TRK: SBCC’s Loy has big day at Mt. SAC Invite

Olivia Loy moved up to No. 2 on SBCC’s all-time 200 list and No. 7 in the 100 with her season-best times of 24.97 and 12.54, respectively, on Saturday at the Mt. San Antonio Invitational women’s track and field meet in Walnut.

The freshman from Anamosa, Iowa, was third in the 200 and just missed Valerie Simpson’s 1987 school record by 0.15 seconds.

Anyel Thomas was fourth in the long jump with a PR of 5.15 meters (16-10¾) and Juliette Alliaume was fifth in the high jump at 1.51m. Alyssa Garrett ran a personal best of 1:08.86 in the 400 hurdles to rise to seventh on SBCC’s all-time chart.

The Vaqueros took sixth in both relays. The 4 x 100 squad ran 50.13, the ninth-fastest time in school history. Loy led off, followed by Dominique Hinds, Marla Bonser and Jessica Escalante. The 4 x 400 relay of Hinds, Alyssa Garrett, Loy and Escalante was clocked in 4:09.14.

“Our jumpers had some of our highest places today,” said coach Scott Fickerson. “Kudos to Juliette and Anyel on their top-5 finishes against some of the state’s best. Olivia had a great day notching two season bests and moving up on our all-time lists.”

On the men’s side, Aaron Mateski took first in the javelin.

The sophomore from North Bend, Oregon, threw a lifetime-best 59.54 meters (195 feet, 4 inches) to win by 14 inches over Tyler Edwards of Saddleback. It was the No. 2 javelin mark in SBCC history.

Bas van Leersum took second in the 400 hurdles in 53.85, the sixth-fastest time in school history. Van Leersum, who broke his own school record with a 53.21 earlier this year, owns four of the top six 400 hurdle times at SBCC.

Alex Heuchert took fourth in the 1500 with a PR of 3:56.97, the No. 6 all-time mark. The Vaqueros were fifth in the 4 x 100 relay with Ryan Hoffman, Van Leersum, Simon Bailey and Tyler Higby clocking 42.62, the ninth-best mark in school history.

Adam Grimmitt was fourth in the 3000 steeplechase in a PR of 9:57.44 that was eighth-best in school history.

Marvin Magg was third in the javelin (54.48m) and seventh in the shot put (14.11m; No. 7 all time). Luke McAllister was seventh in the high jump at 6-5½.

“Aaron had a great series today and it was awesome for him to get the win on this big stage,” said coach Scott Fickerson. “This should give him some great confidence going into the championship portion of the season.

“It was great to see some of our top men racing tough with the best the state has to offer. I’m really proud of Bas, Alex, and Adam for coming away with top finishes.”

The Vaqueros will compete in the WSC Prelims on Friday at Ventura, then host the WSC Championships on Friday, April 24 at La Playa Stadium.

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