California State Championships
May 15-16, 2015
College of San Mateo
The American River College men’s track & field team captured third place at the state championships this past weekend in San Mateo. Under cloudy, cold and drizzly skies the Beavers were running short handed with several key injuries. State champion, Xavier Howell won the high jump (6’11.5”). He just missed a few very good attempts at a school record 7’ ¼”. We had 8 All-Americans:
David French 800m
Luis Luna 1500m
Abdul Hamid 10,000m
Sean Gregg 3000m Steeplechase
4x400m Relay (Shawn Simms, Logan Stahl, Devan Sawyerr, David French)
Xavier Howell High Jump – State Champion
Edwin Matthews High Jump
James Hubbard Discus and Hammer Throw
ARC Men’s team placed 3rd overall (pretty good 7-year run):
2015 – 3rd
2014 – 2nd
2013 – 4th
2012 – 4th
2011 – 1st
2010 – 6th
2009 – 6th
Oxy Distance Carnival
March 13, 2015
The men’s distance crew headed to Southern California to face off with some top athletes from all over the state and beyond. In the first race of our night, David French improved on his season best 800m time with a 1:53.08 effort, good for 6th in the fast heat. Logan Stahl, last year’s state champion, and still feeling the fatigue of his comeback from a hip injury, ran 1:55.18, which is still 1.5 seconds ahead of last year’s pace. In heat 3, Epi Nunez and Alex Chorn went 4-5, both running to season PR’s in 1:57.19 and 1:57.98 respectively. In heat 2 of the 1500m, Aidan Schraer took over the pace making early in the race after a pedestrian 67 second first lap. He would fade to 7th (4:05.71 – season PR) late in the race. Taking over the lead at the finish line was freshman Xavier Gaulman who won by 0.02 seconds in 4:02.99 (lifetime PR). Galen Fritz, who led early with Aidan, would also fade down the stretch and finish in 4:13:12. Freshman Abdul Hamid, after a very fast early pace, also faded some over the second half of the 5k, but still held on to run a lifetime best by 39 seconds finishing in 14:58.95. Jason Morris also improved his PR in the 5k by 10 seconds after finishing 21st in heat 2 in 15:27.16. Freshman Sean Gregg, running in only his second 3000m steeplechase, improved his PR from 9:37 to a state leading 9:16.88.
Complete results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/36490_m.html
March 13-14, 2015
Season PR’s were few and far between on the slow surface at UC Davis. Isaiah Roybal PR’ed in the 200m in 22.60. Also bettering their best mark were Charlie Flournoy and Gibran Zaman in 22.82 and 22.90. In the 400m, Richard Finical, Devan Sawyerr and Jonathan Lopez all improved their 400m times by running 49.06, 49.60 and 50.28. In the 1500m, newcomer Alan Quintero, despite getting a gash in his heel from a spike on the first lap, ran a lifetime best of 4:07.82. Casey Aguirre ran a PR in the 5000m in 16:14.84. Nelson Quinley PR’ed in the shot put at 13.49m. There were several good marks from the weekend, but with the hot and humid conditions they were few and far between.
Complete results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/38532_m.html
More Men's Track & Field
March 7, 2015
Robert Ellis of ARC won the 100m in 10.67, while the Beaver’s Andre Woodson placed 3rd in a season best 10.74. The defending 800m state champion, Logan Stahl of ARC, overcame an early season hip injury to get a season PR in the 800m and win the event in 1:53.55. David French took 2nd in 1:54.70. Another winner for the Beavers was Sean Gregg in the 3000m steeplechase. He ran a state leading 9:37.24 in his steeple debut. Aidan Schraer was 2nd in his debut in 9:58.86, providing another 1-2 punch for the Beavers. The men’s 4x100m relay team moved up to #2 in the state with a win in 40.79, 3rd best on the ARC all-time list. The 4x400m relay provided the highlight of the end of the meet when the Beavers took the title in a state leading 3:11.34 (#4 all-time at ARC). The team ran splits of 49.5 (Richard Finical), 47.7 (Devan Sawyerr), 48.2 (Shawn Simms), and 45.6 (Robert Ellis). Another event the Beavers went 1-2 was the High Jump where Edwin Matthews beat teammate Xavier Howell on misses with both athletes clearing 6’9-1/2”. Decathlete Jeff Lam placed 2nd in the pole vault, improving from 11’6” as a freshman to 15’4-1/2” Saturday. Shawn Simms also placed 2nd in the long jump in 22’10-3/4” – missing the State “A” standard by 1’1/4”. ARC’s James Hubbard won the Discus and Hammer with throws of 161’2” and 174’3” respectively.
Complete results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/37040_m.html
Video of the 4x400m relay can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx1SEE1NdEc
Stanislaus Open @ Cal State Stanislaus
February 28, 2015
The Beavers had winners in 4 events at this year’s edition of the Stanislaus Open. Winners included Robert Ellis in the 200m in a state leading 21.19. Other winners included Abdul Hamid in the 3000m in 8:47.94, Xavier Howell in the high jump (6’8”) and the 4x400m relay team in a state leading 3:15.85.
Complete Results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/37534_m.html
Chico Multi @ Chico State University
February 26-27, 2015
Jeff Lam of American River broke the 12 year old school record in the Decathlon by 50 points, scoring 6453 at the Chico Multi in Chico on Thursday and Friday. Jeff had personal bests in the 8 of the 10 events. Some of his top marks included a 6’6” high jump, 10.91 in the 100m, and a pole vault of 14’7.25”.
Complete Results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/38662_2364601.html
Pete Giachetti Invitational @ Sac City
February 21, 2015
The American River College men’s track & field team opened up their NorCal title defense in dominating fashion by taking 1st place in the 16 of the 17 events. That is great news for the Beavers with colleges such as Sac City, Butte, San Mateo, Shasta, Marin and Yuba all in attendance. Winners included Andre Woodson in the 100m (10.85), Devan Sawyerr in the 200m (21.88), Robert Ellis in the 400m (48.04), David French in the 800m (1:54.98), Sean Gregg in the 1500m (4:05.40), Jason Morris in the 5000m (15:38.38), Cambron Lyles in the 110HH (15.44), Darren Myers in the 400 Hurdles (57.98), the 4x100m relay (41.41), the 4x400m relay (3:18.38), Edwin Matthews in the High Jump and Javelin(6’9” and 167’4”), Jeff Lam in the Pole Vault (13’5-1/4”), Shawn Simms in the Long Jump (22’8-1/4”), James Hubbard in the Discus and Hammer (153’11” and 185’4” respectively). The only event the Beavers did not win was the Shot Put.
Complete Results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/37888_m.html
Sacramento Running Association Annual Achievement Awards – Sheraton Grand Sacramento
February 21, 2015
Coach Rick Anderson was awarded the College Cross Country Coach of the Year for the third straight year at the 3rd Annual Sacramento Running Association Annual Achievement Awards and Hall of Fame Celebration at the Sheraton Grand Saturday night. Also receiving awards were Abdul Hamid for Male College Cross Country Athlete of the Year, Courtney Heiner (formerly Courtney Anderson – ex ARC athlete – Women’s College Track Athlete of the Year), and Anthony Costales ex-ARC athlete) for Male Open Marathon Athlete of the Year.
Complete List of Award Recipients https://runsra.org/2015-hof-event/2015-annual-achievement-awards/