SVSU track and field has strong showing at Doug Hansen Open

SVSU hosted the Doug Hansen Open on Friday, Jan. 22 in the Ryder Center.

Evelyn Kammeyer, SVSU assistant track and field coach, said some of the team knocked it out of the park with this meet.

In the 800-meter run, senior Brendan Nesbitt placed first with a time of 1:57.60, senior Austin Rippee followed close behind with 1:58.65.

“Our men in the mile and 800 had a great day,” Kammeyer said. “We loaded up Nesbitt and Rippee with a close double to get used to doing multiple events in a day, and they knocked it out of the park.”

In the mile race, senior Ryan Talbott placed second for the mile with a time of 4:13.18 behind Yami Albrecht of Oakland University who had a time of 4:12.34.

The throwing events were both won by sophomore Clarence Corbett with a weight throw toss of 16.65 meters and a shot-put throw of 15.29 meters.

First place for the pole vault was sophomore Deven Varela with 4.28 meters.

The 60-meter hurdles, junior Nathan Furst placed second with a time of 8.53 seconds with senior Dan Westarb right behind in third place with 8.82 seconds.

Kammeyer said the team is still in the early stages of training and things will be even better by the season’s end.

“It’s exciting to see them making smart decisions within races this early in the season,” Kammeyer said. “For a lot of people this is their first meet back, or they’re competing in events they don’t normally compete in.”

For the women’s 60-meter dash senior Alona Olshevska had 7.65 seconds and won the race. Sophomore Angelina Delbosque placed second with 7.96 seconds.

“The 60 dash was a great event,” Kammeyer said. “Angelina Delbosque had a PR to get 2nd and Alona Olshevska wasn’t far off of her personal best in that event to take the win. It’s great to see these women locked in like they are this early in the season, and we’re excited to see how the season continues to unfold for them.”

Junior Cheyenne WIlliamson ran 8.57 seconds for the 60-meter hurdles and completed a jump of 1.67 meters.

Junior Mackenzie Ramey finished second in shot put with 13.71 meters.

Ali Aldrich placed second in the shot put, tossing 13.71 meters.

Wrapping up for the women was the 1,600 meter relay with a time of 4:08.54, the team included junior Alexa Cross, freshman Olivia Carpenter, Olshevska, and freshman Sophia Thelen.

From this week to last week Kammeyer said the competition was roughly the same.

“With these early season meets, a lot of it is just remembering how track and field works and getting in a few cracks before the big ones that we steer for,” Kammeyer said. “We’re going to start seeing some pretty exciting marks at Jet’s next week and beyond, so stay tuned.”

SVSU will compete at and host the Jet’s Pizza Invitational on Friday, Jan. 28 in the Ryder Center Fieldhouse.

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