SACRAMENTO – Menlo College Track and Field has its second qualifier for the upcoming NAIA National Championship meet and once again it is in a jumping event. Jonnythan Munkholm hit the auto qualifier in the triple jump (47-11.25) with a seventh place overall finish in the highly competitive field that saw five division one athletes in the top six. Munkholm joins Elijah Noel who recently qualified at the De Anza Open in the long jump.
"In a big, very competitive meet, Jonny stepped up on his last jump of prelims to hit a huge personal best," said head coach Dan Noel. "We are very proud of how he competed today, and of all the hard work that brought him to this point."
Also competing in the triple jump were Elijah Noel (44-3.25) who placed 12th overall and Elijah Redding-Moment (44-0.75) who placed 13th with a personal record, his second of the day as he also PR'd in the long jump. Other personal/season bests were attained by Joe Alvarez (128-11) and Hector Salas-Selem (129-10) in the hammer throw and the men's 4x4 who hit a season best time. In other relay action, the Men's 4x1 consisting of Porter Hansen, Redding-Moment, Isaiah Grady and Elijah Noel placed ninth overall with a time of 43.32. In the distance events, Richard Runkle-Edens (2:07.33) hit a lifetime best in the 800m and Lucrezia Povero (5:45.27) and Antarpreet Dhariwal (5:47.72) did the same in the 1500. Another set of firsts was the trio of Menlo females who competed in the heptathlon for the first time this season. Anisah Smith and Aubrie Usui were competing in their first ever heptathlon while Dorian Aberouette was taking part in her first this season.
A light week is on tap next week as a small group of Oaks will head to Stanislaus while the remainder of the team will take advantage of some rest over the weekend.