(Sacramento, CA) The Mt. SAC Men's Track & Field Program kept up the longstanding tradition of bringing home a state championship trophy with a second place finish at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championships. Despite having no individual state champions, the depth of the team propelled them into second place, 33 points behind team champion, College of the Sequoias and 30 points ahead of third place finisher, Riverside City College.
The Mounties highest individual finisher was freshman Manuel Fernandez in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Fernandez ran a personal best of 9:24.42 to lead a strong contingent of Mounties in that race (17 team points), which included sophomore Nicholas Medina (4th place, 9:31.38) and sophomore Hector Peralta (5th place, 9:27.31).
The Men's Pole Vault was the other individual event to score 17 team points. The team was led by 3rd place finisher, freshman Asa Martin and 4th place finisher, Christian Mueller who both jumped personal bests of 16'06"3/4 (5.05M). Sophomore Ryan Polakiewicz (6th place, 16'00"3/4 (4.90M)), freshman Kyle Beck (7th place, 16'00"3/4 (4.90M)) and freshman Aleksandris Eglitis (8th place, 15'01" (4.60M)) rounded out the point scorers in the pole vault.
Top 8 Mountie individual finishers (scorers) at the 2017 CCCAA Track & Field State Championships. Top four receive All-American recognition.
|Kyle Beck||Pole Vault||7th||16'00"3/4|
|Aleksandris Eglitis||Pole Vault||8th||15'01"|
|Manuel Fernandez||3,000M Steeplechase
|Jasher Foster||110M H||3rd||14.31|
|Alexander Hammond||Long Jump||5th||23'06"|
|Alexander Hammond||Triple Jump||5th||47'10"3/4
|Gary Hawkins||110M H||6th||14.80|
|Asa Martin||Pole Vault||3rd||16'06" 3/4|
|Brandon McLaurin||Long Jump||7th||23'03"1/2|
|Brandon McLaurin||Triple Jump||3rd||48'08"|
|Nicholas Medina||3,000M Steeplechase||4th||9:31.38|
|Christian Mueller||Pole Vault||4th||16'06" 3/4|
|Brandon Nicely||Decathlon||6th||5713 points|
|Hector Peralta||3,000M Steeplechase
|Ryan Polakiewicz||Pole Vault||6th||16'00"3/4|
Congratulations to Head Coach Ron Kamaka, his staff and the Mt. SAC Men's Track & Field Team Student/Athletes for another outstanding season that captured a South Coast Conference Championship, Southern California Championship and a 2nd place finish at the CCCAA State Championships!
For complete results from the 2017 CCCAA Track & Field State Championships, please CLICK HERE.
For additional information, please contact the Mt. SAC Sports Information Office at 909.274.4630.