Benavides, Dorado set school records at East Bay Invitational

HAYWARD - Siena Benavides and Jordynn Dorado loved competing at Chabot College so much, they made history again at the same stadium.

The two sophomores re-set the school records they owned on a day when the Banana Slugs had a spectacular day at the East Bay Invitational.

"This was a great showing across the board this weekend. Our Decathletes got the weekend started off well (in Turlock) fending off challenging conditions to really set up the rest of their season."

Benavides jumped 5.56m (18 ft. 3in) to place fourth in the Long Jump, jumping four inches better than her PR and SR set at the same stadium two weeks ago. She also finished fifth in 100 meters in 13.06 and was seventh in the 200m with a wind-aided PR/SR of 26.63.

Dorado as a double-winner/record setter on Saturday. She won the women's shot put with a toss of 12.70m (41 ft. 8 in), 5.5 inches better than her previous best set at Sacramento last month. She also won the Hammer Throw, tossing 42.98m (141 ft.), bettering her mark set three weeks ago by one foot, 3 inches.

"Siena was phenomenal running a wind-legal PR in the 100, and setting PRs in the 200 and Long Jump," Klech said. "Jordynn continues to impress in having a solid Triple in the Shot, Discus, and Hammer coming always with two first place finishes and a runner-up."

Melanie Wong was seventh in the 100m Hurdles with a school-record 16.44. On the men's side, Thomas Thomsen ran a 16.17 in the 110 hurdles, breaking Brandon Tomlin's school record that stood since 2004. Mason Pierce won the Pole Vault with a school record 4.76m (15 ft. 7.25 in), good enough for nominal qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

The team of Conrad Pereira, Raymond Breault, Draven Hawk and Michael Charbonneau was 3rd in the 4x400m relay in a school-record 3:27.36, bettering the 3:28.85 set last month in Sacramento. Hawk was also sixth in the 800m in 1:56.89.

"We had some standout performances in the hurdles with freshman Melanie and Tommy both setting school records in the short hurdles in their first races of the season," said Klech. "Emmaline Fronczak and Erin Carvalho both had breakthrough performances in the 1500 and have really provided some improved depth in the Women's Distance events. It was a special moment to watch Draven have his best track race in a Santa Cruz uniform and really see him come into his own.
 
"We now head into our final push of the season hoping to fine tune and sharpen up and really go after some fast times in two weeks at UC Irvine."