By Jose Andres Garcia
Western Sun staff writer
The Rustlers track and field team, along with many other out-of-state and neighboring schools, faced off at the 34th annual San Diego State Aztec Invitational on Saturday, March 17.
Schools in attendance included local universities like California State Fullerton and Long Beach State, as well as distant athletic programs like Southern Utah, Hawaii, North Dakota State and Weber State. However, due to the fierce wind and heavy rain, the meet was forced to end earlier than scheduled.
Although many athletes were unable to compete due to the weather, many of the Golden West athletes that did participate found success.
Among the top performers was freshman Nathaniel Simons who finished with a time of 50.89 in the 400 meter and placed second in his heat. Freshman Heather Simpson also took second in her heat in the 400 meter with a 1:01.61 time.
“It was an interesting experience to run in that kind of weather,” Simpson said.
Continuing on the trend of strong performances in the 400 meter, freshman Devontae Reid placed third in his heat with a time of 53.60.
“It was tough mentally and physically,” said sophomore Juliana Powell, who was competing in the pole vault, but didn’t get to finish before officials called off the event.
Aside from the pole vault, other field events like the discus throw and shot put were called off before even starting.
However, the long jumpers and javelin throw event were not among the early call off and GWC athletes were able to compete in the events.
Highlighting the field for the Rustlers in the women’s long jump was sophomore Jacquelene Powell who placed third in her heat with a distance of 5.34 meters.
The Rustlers will next compete in the UCI Spring Break Invitational held at University of California Irvine, beginning on Saturday March 24.