|The umbrellas were out at the Stanford Invitational
It is no news to those living in the Bay Area that the last week has been cold, windy and rainy as storm after storm has battered the Central Coast. Despite the forecast for rain the conditions were perfect for the Friday session and collegiate races later that evening at the Stanford Invitational. Luck couldn't hold on for an extra day as the next storm slammed the Bay area just in time for the athletes competing Saturday morning.
The cold and rain didn't seem to slowdown freshman superstar Shelby Smallwood. She exploded out of the blocks and went on to win her heat and qualify for the final with a personal best and wind legal 12.38. Later that afternoon the rain let up and Smallwood went to work finishing 3rd in the final with a time of 12.31.
"In spite of the rainy and cold conditions on Saturday, Shelby managed to PR in the 100 meters not only once but twice," Coach Marshall said. "Shelby is a competitor, very diligent to her training and a hard worker all of which definitely showed Saturday."
Smallwood's final time of 12.31 placed her 3rd in the Stanford Invitational and places her amongst great company on the Warriors All- Time performance list behind Khrystal Carter and Dahlys Marshall.
Other Highlights from the Stanford Invitational:
- First up for the Warriors with a 9 am start time was Jeremy Thompson in the Triple Jump. Despite the tough conditions Thompson managed to splash his way down the runway jumping 42-5.25 for a solid 13th place.
- Senior Bryon Houp continues to improve and is one of the best 400 meter runners in the section. Houp finished in 50.17 for 8th place. His mark currently place him # 2 all time for the Warriors and put the school record in reach.
- Morgan Lira led the Warriors in the girls mile with a season best time of 5:22.22.
- Morgan Lira, Emily Blaha, Jessica Xu and Karen Mac set the mark to beat for the Warriors with a 10:09.94 time in the girls 4 x 800 relay.
- VC Alumni News: Jennifer Bergman came up big in the fast heat of the 10,000 meters (that's 25 laps folks) with a time of 33:38.81. That should just about solidify her spot in the NCAA Division 1 Championship at just 19 years of age. It is also the "A Standard" for the USATF National Championships where the top 3 finishers qualify for the World Championships. On a side note, when Bergman was a junior Coach Small called it telling her she would be a 10k runner. She said it was too many laps! (Still does by the way). He was partially right, she is crushing the 5k right now as well running 16:13 earlier this year.