Aztec T&F Wins at Penn Relays, Steve Scott Invitational

April 28, 2017

IRVINE, Calif./Philadelphia -

Results - Penn Relays | Results - Steve Scott Invitational

San Diego State track & field won two events and had a successful performance in the opening day of the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational on Friday.

The Aztecs earned their first ever relay win at the Penn Relays on the backs of the shuttle hurdles team. In only the second time a group of Aztecs competed in the race, San Diego State’s shuttle hurdles team of Sierra Brabham-Lawrence, Andrenette Knight, Micha Auzenne and Kassidy Ellis won the event with a school-record 54.34 time, sprinting past South Carolina (54.40).

“I was just thinking, ‘try to stay tight’ because if I would’ve gotten long, (the South Carolina runner) would’ve caught up to me,” Ellis, the relay’s anchor, said. “I just wanted to stay fast and cross the finish line before her. It’s amazing to win. We don’t go out to huge meets too often, and it’s really nice to see a huge crowd cheering for us and everyone. I didn’t want to think about winning until I crossed the finish line, but I’m so happy.”

SDSU junior Melody Harris won the javelin throw for the fifth time this season, launching the javelin 150 feet, 9 inches to take gold in the event. It was the third longest throw in program history, and a personal best in the Scarlet and Black for the first-year transfer from Fresno City College. 

San Diego State had a pair of second-place finishes in individual events. Henderson earned silver in the 100-meter dash after crossing the finish line in 11.41, just 0.03 behind race-winner Jonielle Smith of Auburn. In the 100-meter hurdles, Auzenne was second, finishing in 13.44, and Brabham-Lawrence was third (13.51).

After advancing to the College Women’s 4x100 Championship of America Invitational yesterday with a third-place finish, senior Starlynn Singleton, junior Simone Glenn, Auzenne and Henderson again took bronze. The group finished the relay in an impressive 43.76, missing their own school record, which they set last year at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, by just 0.21 second.

The Scarlet and Black took seventh in the 4x200-meter relay heats with a 1:36.57 time. As one of the top-nine finishers, Singleton, Tyra Lea, Lisa-Anne Barrow and Rochene Smith advance to the Championship Invitational set for tomorrow at 2:20 p.m.

At the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational hosted by UC Irvine, junior Bonnie Draxler continued to dominate the pole vault field, winning her fifth pole vault title of the season and her third in four weeks with a 13-05.75 mark. Sophomore Marissa Berry finished second for the fifth outdoor meet this year (13-01.75). Meanwhile, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Elaine Ribeiro raced to a season-best 11:05.55.

At the Penn Relays tomorrow, SDSU is set for the 4x200-meter relay at 2:20 p.m. (ET) and the 4x400-meter relay at 5:35 p.m. (ET). At the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational, Cindy Flores, Angela Wilson and Cali King run the 800 to start the day at 12:10 p.m. and Alexis Williams throws the shot put at 12:15 p.m. Lakin Hatcher and Madison Gipson are slated for the 400 meters at 1:40 p.m. At 3 p.m., Hannah Taylor competes in the high jump, while Jasmine Young appears in the 400 hurdles at 3:10 p.m. and Anushi Desai throws the discus at 3:15 p.m. Hatcher runs the 200 at 3:50 p.m. while SDSU's distance runners, Seynaeve, Ribeiro, Towner, Wilson, King and Mary Kunigan are registered for the 1,500 at 4:40 p.m.

Penn Relays
April 27-29, 2017
Philadelphia, Pa.

Team Results
NTS

Individual Results (SDSU and winner of each event only)

College Women’s 100 Meters (Heats) (out of 21 entrants)
1. Jonielle Smith (Auburn) – 11.38
2. Ashley Henderson (SDSU) – 11.41

College Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles (Heats) (out of 24 entrants)
1. Alaysha Johnson (SDSU) – 13.05
2. Micha Auzenne (SDSU) – 13.44
3. Sierra Brabham-Lawrence (SDSU) – 13.51

College Women’s 4x100 Championship of America Invitational (out of 8 entrants)
1. Oregon (Johnson, Stevens, Dunmore, Washington) – 42.35
3. San Diego State (Singleton, Glenn, Auzenne, Henderson) – 43.76

College Women’s 4x200-Meter Relay (Heats) (out of 42 entrants)
1. South Carolina (Holmes, Brockington, Sanders, Dendy) – 1:34.99
7. San Diego State (Singleton, Lea, Barrow, Smith) - 1:36.57

College Women’s Shuttle Hurdles Championship of America (out of 13 entrants)
1. San Diego State (Brabham-Lawrence, Knight, Auzenne, Ellis) – 54.34 (School Record)

College Women’s Triple Jump (out of 41 entrants)
1. Janae Jones (Liberty) – 41-09.75
7. Je’Neal Ainsworth (SDSU) – 39-09.75

College Women’s Discus Throw (out of 11 entrants)
1. Kellion Knibb (FSU) – 203-07
11. Rachel Alesi (SDSU) – 159-04

College Women's Javelin Throw (out of 27 entrants)
1. Melody Harris (SDSU) - 150-9 (No. 3 all-time)

adidas/Steve Scott Invitational
April 28-29, 2017
Irvine, Calif.
 

Team Results
NTS

Individual Results (SDSU and winner of each event only)

Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (out of 14 entrants)
1. Weslie Pearce (UCR) – 10:35.23
7. Elaine Ribeiro (SDSU) – 11:05.55 

Women’s Pole Vault (out of 19 entrants)
1. Bonnie Draxler (SDSU) – 13-05.75
2. Marissa Berry (SDSU) – 13-01.75
6. Sara Curran (SDSU) – 12-00.00
8. Rachel Craft (SDSU) – 12-00.00
16. Katherine Magill (SDSU) – 11-06.25
22. Taylor Alexander (SDSU) – 11-00.25

Women’s Long Jump (out of 38 entrants)
1. Stachia Reuwsaat (Chadron State) – 21-08.00
16. Jelena McNown (SDSU) – 18-03.75
23. Kira Moreland (SDSU) – 17-11.00
31. Hannah Taylor (SDSU) – 16-11.50 (PR)

Women’s Hammer Throw (out of 33 entrants)
1. Linnea Jonsson (CSU) – 203-01.25
10. Freja Liljedahl (SDSU) – 164-00.25
28. Katherine Magill (SDSU) - 117-03

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