It wasn't quite the drama and
the stage of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, but it was thrilling nonetheless. For the second year in a row, the
Needing to finish third or
better in the final event of the meet to win the
The Bronco women performed
admirably but finished third. Northridge
was able to capture the women's title as an affiliate member. The Lady Matadors totaled 117.5 points to
edge veteran Louisiana Tech, which had 114.
The Broncos finished with 102 points, victim of lost points in key
events this weekend.
Coach Maynard's team got
In a league title won by two points,
the credit has to be shared throughout the Bronco team, for track championships
are won not by individuals but by team depth. Third and fourth-place finishes are just as
significant in a victory like the Broncos captured this weekend. There was sophomore Kyle Christoffersen and
freshman Sean Chaney-Waller, who finished third and fourth, respectively, in
the 400-meters. Erik Whittsitt, one of the few seniors on the
Then there was Sterling Small, who had not run a race this season. Maynard inserted him into the lineup this weekend and he responded by finishing fourth. Eric Demers set a personal best of 4,907 points to place third in the heptathlon. Marlon Douglas picked up points for the Broncos by finishing fourth in the 60-meters (6.92 seconds) and fifth in the 200 in 22.07. Caleb Cazier finished second by 36/100th's of a second in the 800, with sophomore teammate Matt Schmasow finishing fifth.
And of course the Bronco relay teams came through in the clutch. The distance medley relay team of Kyle and Brandon Christoffersen, Cazier and David Creamer finished third with a time of 10 minutes, 34.67 seconds.
There were a lot of bright spots for the Bronco women as well, who just two years ago was at the bottom of these same standings. Sophomore Eleni Kafourou finished second in the triple jump (42-8.25) and the long jump (20-5.25). Becky Guyette won the 5,000 meters in runaway fashion (17:19.35) and finished second in the 3,000 (10:04.15), a race in which sophomore Breanna Sande finished third (10:10.83). Sande also finished a strong second in the mile (4:58.28). Eleni Ypsilanti (60-11.25) and Annika Hjelm (60-6.5) finished second and third, respectively, in the weight throw. Freshman Theodora Xylaki finished third in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8.5 inches. Megan Olivetti finished third in the 200 with a time of 24.16.
The women's distance medley team (Kendra Hernandez, Leah Hover, Jamie Hubbs and Nataucha Lowry) finished second and the 4 x 400-meter relay team (Kayleen McDowell, Olivetti, Nerisha Phillip and Lowry) took third. The Bronco women are a program on the rise to be sure. And who knows what they can accomplish this spring?