The women’s 4×400-meter indoor relay school record was toppled this last weekend at the Joe Davies Classic. Four students, juniors Asmeda Spalding-Aguirre and Ayla Loper, and seniors Ellie Swanson and Stefani Messick completed the race in just 4:17.79. Their time demolished the previous record of 4:19.57, and was good enough for second in the event. The Tigers finished just under two seconds back from host Colorado School of Mines, who turned in a time of 4:15.86.
The Joe Davies Classic, which takes place every year in Golden, Co. officially wrapped up the 2017 indoor track and field season for the Tigers. Spalding-Aguirre was the best individual performer of the meet for the Tigers, recording a second-place finish in the 400-meter with a time of 1:00.17.
“Time wise, I’m extremely happy where I am,” said Spalding-Aguirre following the race. “I hope to keep getting faster and help prepare myself for the 400m hurdles which is a completely different monster.”
The Tigers also turned in some fantastic finishes in other events that day. First-year Liza Huschle finished fifth out of 10 competitors in the 200m with a time of 29.07. Senior Stefani Messick finished the 800-meter run in 2:27.03 which was good enough for ninth place in the event. Another strong performance was by first-year Hailey Hampson who placed seventh in the high jump with a jump of 5-00.25. First-year Caroline Alba placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 31’ 2.5” The veteran senior Katie Sandfort was seventh in the mile with a time of 5:32.49. She was followed by sophomore Allysa Warling who placed a very respectable 12th in what turned out to be a very loaded field with a time of 5:40.94. Also finishing the mile for the Tigers was first-year Jerrica Bauer who placed 18th with a time of 6:01.92, and senior Emiko Smukler who was 23rd with a time of 6:12.74.
Though the track and field season has just begun, the first-year class has really shown that they can help this team improve upon last year’s results.
“The freshman class’ last meet was outstanding,” said Spalding-Aguirre following the race. “Individually there were lots of PRs and hard races. I can’t wait to see what they can bring to the table in the conference meets.”
With a first-year class of sprinters and jumpers that has been larger than in years past, and a strong group of cross country runners joining the track team for the distance events, this year’s track team could be one of the better teams in recent CC history; especially in the capable hands of Head Coach Ted Castaneda.
Castaneda has been coaching the Tigers since he took over in 1994. He has been with CC coaching the men’s cross country team since 1980. Throughout his tenure, he has seen a total of 34 outdoor track and field men’s and women’s school records broken. In indoor track, athletes under his guidance have reset all 26 possible records.
But for Castaneda, it doesn’t just stop on the track. His athletes have consistently flourished in the classroom as well, truly embodying the title “student athlete.”
Next up the Tigers head to Salem, Oregon to compete in the Willamette Opener, which is a track meet hosted by Willamette University. The meet isn’t until March 4, which will give the Tigers ample time to prepare mentally and physically for what should be a highly competitive meet.