Titans sweep NWAACC Southern Region Championship
Both the men and women Titan Track and Field teams took home the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges’ Southern Region Championship for the second year in a row.
The women won with an overall team score of 254 points, 44.50 points ahead of second-place Clackamas. The men took home the championship with an overall team score of 240.50, 58.50 points ahead of second place Mt. Hood.
Freshman Rachel Jensen, a graduate of North Eugene High School, was the top woman for LCC, gaining 28 points for the team through two first place finishes and one second place finish.
Jensen took first in the 800-meter (2:21.20), first in the 1500-meter (4:46.86), and second in the 4×400-meter relay (4:13.01). Also running with Jensen in the relay were freshmen Barry McLaren and Chandra Johanningmeier and sophomore Shawndra Ferris.
The meet didn’t exactly start out the way the LCC women envisioned it, often trailing by 50-plus points to Clackamas.
That all changed when the 800-meter event came along as the Titan women stepped their game up to a whole new level. LCC finished 1-2-3 to gain 24 points for the team and gave them the momentum they needed heading into the last third of the meet.
Jensen took the top spot and was followed by McLaren (2:25.86) and fellow freshman KD Solomon (2:27.59).
Freshmen Lindsey Beard also had a good day for the Titans as she broke her own school record in the pole vault by clearing 12’ 1”, good enough for second place in the event.
Other top performers for the women were Gylany Crossmann – first in the 5000-meter (18:08.34), McKenzie Henderson – first in the shot put (11.92m), and Katie Davis – first in the triple jump (10.90m).
Altogether, the LCC women will be sending 15-plus female competitors to the NWAACC Championships May 23 in Spokane, Wash.
The Titan men also had multiple performers do extremely well throughout the day.
LCC, Clackamas and Mt. Hood were all cluttered together at the top of the leader board before Titans’ sophomore Dusty Jarvis put LCC up atop for good.
Jarvis won both the men’s 100-meters (10.94), 200-meter (22.28), and anchored the 4×100-meter relay team (42.42) to another top finish, all for a total of 30 team points.
Also running in the 4×100-meter relay with Jarvis was freshmen David Formolo, and Trevor Prater and sophomore Jordan Latt.
“We expected Jarvis and Latt to win,” head coach Grady O’Conner said. “They were favored in their events and to win for our team is a testament to their hard work.”
Latt also led the way for the Titans by racking up 36 team points, 18 shared with teammates by way of relays. He took first in 400-meter (48.95), first in 4×100-meter relay (42.42), second in the 200-meter (22.30) and anchored the 4×400-meter relay team (3:20.28) to a second place finish.
Also running in 4×400-meter relay with Latt was Formolo, sophomore Richard Arnold and Chris Stubbs.
The Titan men also had a great showing in the pole vault, taking the first five places for a total of 33 points. Sophomore Jordan Parker led the way with a vault of (15’8 ¾”).
Other top performers for the men included, Cesar Perez – first in the 5000-meters (15:34.46), Terry Morris – first in the long jump (6.52m), second in the triple jump (13.08m), and David Formolo – first in the decathlon with 6,171 points.
Much like the women, the LCC men will also be sending 15-plus athletes to the NWAACC Championships in Spokane.
To top off the great day, the Titan track and field program head coach Grady O’Connor received the men’s coach of the year award.
“The coach of the year award is truly a team award because of how well we performed,” O’Conner said.
The Titan track and field athletes will resume action May 23 and May 24 when they head to Spokane, Wash. with aspirations of taking home the NWAACC track and field championship trophy.