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Men’s track search for success as year comes to a close

Sophomore Zachary Munoz will be the lone male Falcon to compete at the April 4-5 Southern California Decathlon Championships.

Munoz had a top-10 performance at the only scoring meet the team has had in the last month.

Director of Track and Field Christopher Richardson said, “Zach is coming along perfectly, and he continues to surprise me every day. I push his limits and with limited resistance he responds and steps up to the challenge, I feel he will be competing to win the state title in the decathlon this May.”

Unlike their female counterparts, the men of Cerritos Track and Field did not have as many stand out performances over the last three meets.

Munoz said, “As a team we’re doing well. We’ve been competing against a lot of Division I track programs, and even beating some of them. I think it’s a good set up for us [ to help us in the upcoming state meet.]”

Juanita Webster, sophomore heptathlete said that in addition to the women stepping up, she felt that both sides– men and women– are really coming together and developing.

During the team’s participation at the Ben Brown Invitational, Jayden Logan, sophomore, was able to bring home a second place finish in the 400-meters, clocking a time at 52.89 seconds.

Freshman Jacob Grasser also finished in a second place spot. He clocked a 11.16 seconds 100-meter race to earn him the second place finish.

The next weekend at the UNLV invite Grasser would compete​ in another 100-meter race. This time he was nudged out of the top-five and finished seventh overall.

There was only one first place finish on the weekend for men. Blair Robinson, sophomore jumper, would tie first place in the long jump with a distance of 7.17 meters. He would also place third in the triple jump with a distance of 14.51 meters.

At the end of the weekend, the team would total 38 points and finish in seventh place overall.

At the non-scoring Aztec invite, the team would have an improved performance having a total of nine top-five finishes.

Richardson said, “There have been some notable ups and downs with our freshmen, which is expected but we are really strategic in how we plan our training and competition. We hope to create new challenges with individuals to break up the monotony.”

The Falcon’s 4×400 meter relay team was able to finish in the top spot with a time of 3:23.63 minutes.

Logan would again compete in the 400-meter open and post a time of 53.78 seconds, placing him second overall.

The 4×100 meter relay team would also give a 2nd place performance clocking a time of 49.54 seconds.

Field athletes would also have a proficient day, having sophomores Stacy Chukwumezie, Robinson, and freshman Christopher Lawry finish in the top five of their events.

The team now looks forward to the upcoming conference championships at the end of April, and the Southern California championships in May.

“The truly remarkable thing about our young student athletes is their quality of character. I cannot be more proud about how they adjust to adversity and strive for excellence,” Richardson finished.

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Monique Nethington
Monique Nethington, Editor in Chief
My name is Monique Nethington and am the current Editor-in-Chief of Talon Marks. I am a Journalism major at Cerritos College and hope to one day work for the NFL network as a field reporter. In the fall, I will be attending Academy of the Arts University in San Francisco to get my BA in Communications and Media Technologies.
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