Women’s track and field athletes crack top-10 all-time lists
The SF State women’s track and field team rewrote the University record book during the 2016 Johnny Mathis Invitational at Cox Stadium Saturday, Feb. 27.
First, sophomore and civil engineering major Adriana Calva decimated the first-place all-time Gator record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.
“I mean, … that’s amazing,” said SF State head track and field coach Kendra Reimer. “(Calva) is someone that came in as an 800 runner, and has just worked really, really hard for her time here. She had a great cross-country season, and she’s just getting better and better. I really think, for her, the sky’s the limit.”
Calva already held the third-best overall record in the event, and on Saturday she shattered Joanna Luk’s 2003 record by more than 11 seconds – finishing at 11 minutes and 10 seconds – and beat her own personal record by more than 28 seconds.
SF State sophomore Jacqueline Foley, beat her own 2015 personal best by more than 31 seconds, landing her in second place in the steeplechase. Foley finished with a time of 11:26.21, which places her third all-time in SF State history.
SF State senior Nicole Uikilifi had a tremendous performance on the day, as she placed first in the women’s discus, second in the women’s shot put and third in the women’s hammer throw. Her discus throw of 44.42 meters ranks fifth all-time. With so many personal records being shattered by members of the track and field team, Uikilifi had high praise for her teammates.
“It’s just amazing being on a team that you know everyone has your back,” Uikilifi said.
Jordan Guerrero placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 11.41 meters, good for sixth all-time in SF State history. Alex Jones made her way into the record books as well, with a shot put throw of 13.42 meters, the third-longest throw in program history.
Gator thrower Brittnee Jones – two-time letter winner from Port Hueneme, California – competed in the women’s discus and shot put events, and took fifth in the women’s hammer throw on Friday, setting a new personal best with a mark of 45.36 meters.
“Placing-wise today I was kind of … a little on the lower side, but personally I feel like I did my all,” Jones said. “But the team – for my throwers – we did an amazing job. Yesterday we did hammer and we all (broke personal records), all the throwers. We still did amazing and gave 100 percent.”