IRVINE, California – The Azusa Pacific women’s athletics occurred at the Team for Ely Invitational on Saturday, a meeting of Concordia-Irvine. Mechaela Hyacinth ran an automatic qualifying time of 11.51 (wind legal) over 100 meters while several athletes met preliminary standards and set new personal records.
Hyacinth’s time of 11.51 is a personal best as she set a wind-assisted time of 11.46 last year. Hyacinth is the second Cougar to beat her ticket to Outdoor Nationals, as Amanda Fassold did a few weeks ago at the Battle for SoCal meeting in the pole vault and her own with a 4.20 m (13 ‘9 ¼ “) jump Broken school record).
In addition to her automatic qualifying performance in the 100, Hyacinth won the 200 meters by crossing the finish line with a tentative time of 24.14. Co-sprinter Jaylah Walker also had a career day on the track in Irvine, winning the 100 hurdles with a time of 7/14, which was over a second faster than her previous record (15:23).
In height Chin Agina led a group of cougars that ended up among the leaders of the event. Agina, who had a tentative 5’6 ½ “(1.69 m) mark when she first met in the Battle of SoCal a few weeks ago in 2021, won the event on Saturday by taking 5 ‘ 8 ½ “) will improve their qualifying position. Abi Hume and Alysa Henry took second place, jumping a height of 1.65 m.
Fassold put in another solid performance in their second season meeting, winning the event at a height of 4.10 m (13 ‘5 ¼ “) which is the automatic standard. Two Cougar vaulters got preliminary marks, both with Abi Gray and Sara Wagenveld clearing of 3.87 m (12 ‘8 ¼ “).
Elle Alexander hit two preliminary points that day, won the hammer throw with a personal record of 54.25 m (178 ‘) and took first place in the discus with 51.98 m (170’ 6 “).
Several athletes who will compete in multinationals this season have shown solid performances at numerous events, including Nicole Warwick, Meagan Warwick and Jordan Hammond. Nicole won the long jump with a preliminary distance of 19 ‘8 ¼ “(6.00 m), which is her best mark in three years. She also finished fourth in the javelin (114’ 1” / 34.77 m) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (14.99). While Meagan finished second in the long jump (18 ‘6 “/ 5.64 m), it was her on-track performance that set her two new personal records, the first in the 200, a race in which she was second Meagan then set another personal record in the 100 hurdles, finishing second at 2:25 pm In the same race, Hammond was third with a time of 2:43 pm Hammond’s peak performance of the meeting came in the high jump, where she reached a new personal best of 1.55 m and was third in the overall standings with 35.96 m in the javelin.
The two who landed in the javelin over Hammond were both their Cougar teammates when Kirstin Mury won the event (129 ‘9 “/ 39.56 m) and Allie Brooks was second (126’ 9” / 38.64 m) . Sara Wagenveld also set a new personal best in the javelin of 32.70 m (107 ‘3 “) and took fifth place.
For the distance runners, the meeting on Saturday was about using the 1500 as an opportunity to develop for larger meetings this season. Not only did the Cougars have the opportunity to lay some groundwork for the road ahead, but they also saw two athletes set personal records, with Natali Contreras running a time of 4: 51.55 and Olivia Segura at 5: 08.35 ended.
Next up for Azusa Pacific is the APU Invitational & Distance Carnival, hosted by the Cougars on Saturday, April 3rd.