Busters score points at NJCAA Championships
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
Heading into the weekend's NJCAA Championships, Broncbusters head track and field coach Ryan Turner just wanted to compete — and to not get blanked.
"The competitive person in me and the competitive person in these kids, we don't want to go there and get blanked," the first-year coach said in a telephone interview the day before beginning competition began Thursday at Mesa Community College. "A lot of teams will not score, but we don't want to be one of those teams.
That competitiveness was quenched during the three-day meet at John D. Riggs Stadium for the Garden City Community College track teams.
The men finished with three points — on three eighth-place finishes — and the women picked up a single point, staving off being blanked in the first trip to the NJCAA nationals after being re-instated as a full program this season.
Kiera Walton delivered the single, yet highly important point with an eighth-place mark in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 3.25 inches, and giving the Lady Busters 27th place overall.
On the men's side, Alfredo Lebron tallied a point in the 1,500-meter run, with a time of 3 minutes, 59.62 seconds. The 4x100-meter relay team of Edward Simmons, Florisson Dieujuste, Danick Duffus and Lidell Golder scored another point with an eighth-place time of 41.26, while Aaron Vazquez scored the third and final point with an eighth-place finish in the men's decathlon (5,581 points). The three team points placed the Busters in 29th overall.
Vazquez was third in the decathlon's pole vault, seventh in the javelin and 1,500, eighth in the 400, ninth in the high jump, 10th in the decathlon's 100, discus and long jump, 14th in the 110 hurdles and 16th in the shot put.
Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.