By Darel James/Staff Writer
and Will Ranos/Sports Editor
In one of the biggest meets of the season, freshman runner Bayron Manuel led 14 LBCC track and field members competing in the Mt. San Antonio relays with a first place finish among 19 in the men’s 100-meter hurdles on Saturday, April 11.
Manuel had a time of 14:39, a season-best time and second-best in Southern California this season, according to the LBCC athletics web page.
Sophomore runner Justin Weaver captured third in the 800-meters with a season-best time of 1:56.86. The 4-by-400 relay squad of freshmen Damond Burns, Jordan Noble and Kendrick Miller and sophomore Travis Thomas gained second in their heat and seventh overall among 13. Their time of 3:19:80 was also a season-best.
On the women’s side, sophomore runner Danasia Richards finished sixth overall against 21 runners in the open 100-meter dash with a time of 12.16 seconds.
Before their meet at Mt. SAC, the Vikings were training over Spring Break.
When talking about what his goal was for the training, Weaver said, “Coming out here and making every practice counts is the goal. Training like I’m in the race has really helped my workouts so far in the season. I’m liking the vibe this semester. It’s been a rough season, but now the big races are coming up.”
Freshman long and high jumper Jacob Thornton said, “I really want to see a focus factor. I want to see everybody grow and progress from each meet we knock down. All I can ask for is hard work and execution.”
Thornton also competes in the 100- and 200-meter sprints and 4-by-100 meter sprint relay.
The men’s practices are led by coach Bayano Kamani who is in his second year of training Viking runners. Kamani has coached athletes 10 years overall. The practices are focused toward technique, so athletes can avoid injury and also get the best out of their season, the coach said. He explained “We’re trying to sharpen up now, and tie up loose ends. Earlier in the year, you build the base with conditioning, but as the season progresses, you want to avoid injury.”
The teams are set to compete in the Cal State Los Angeles Twilight Open today, Thursday, April, 16.