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Records Set at Track Invitational

Jan 28, 2016 11:52AM ● Published by Tyson Peterson

By Tyson Peterson | Tyson@mycityjournals.com

Sugar House - After having a month long winter break from track, athletes from Westminster College attended a track invitatioaln at BYU on Jan 8 and 9. 

Chandler Clark of Westminster College set a new indoor discus record of 44.26 meters. Wesley Spargo set 60-meter record at 7.17 seconds and 300 meter at 35.87 seconds. 

Joe Cremer set the 500-meter record at 1:06.29. Will Carrington, Dylan Chatters and Mitch Simsall all moved into the top eight in times in their respective events. 

Payton Schiff ran the second fastest time in the mile at 5:22.93 and fourth in the 800 meter at 2:30.44. 

Sydney Davis threw the fourth farthest distance in shot at 9.26 meters and was fifth fastest in the 300-meter at 47.95 seconds. 

“All in all, not a bad meet for coming off a month long winter break,” head coach Dan Quinn explained about the event.

“I threw a little yesterday, and today I’m doing sprints, and I usually do the decathlon.” Sydney Davis, a freshman at Westminster College, said.

“Today’s about the baby steps, working on technique of course, and timing,” Davis said.

Athletes from Westminster College participated in shot put, the 60 meter, 300 meter, the 500 meter, 800 meter and the mile. For the teammates, this was a chance to train for another meet in Pocatello held at the end of January. 

“Today I’m just doing the 800 meter. I’m just coming off a surgery, so really I’m just trying to get back out there again.” Naena Bland, sophomore at Westminster College, said.

“Today I’m doing the 500 meter. I’m just trying to figure out where my baseline is at, so I have something to work off of,” Alyssa Turner, also a sophomore at Westminster College, said.

The invitational was about getting everyone back into the rhythm of running, after coming off of a month long winter break, Quinn said.

Among other colleges that were in attendance were Utah Valley University and BYU. Aside from distance running, events included the shot put, javelin throw, the high jump and hurdles.  

“I’m running the mile and the 800. This is only my second indoor meet ever, so I just want to see where I’m at,” Mara Kushner, freshman out of Houston, said.

“Naena is putting in her 800 meter today, just to get her back out there and comfortable with running again. I think Wesley Spargo from Australia is going to do really well today. He’s running in a 300-meter race, and is running really well. So he’ll come out strong on that one. We also have Joe Cremer, who I’m having run in the 500 meter. That will be a strong race as well. Cremer is usually our 800-meter guy, and he’s running really well also,” Quinn said.

The Westminster Griffins entered six new records in the record book after BYU’s invitational. Wesley Spargo’s 7.17 record in the 60 meter, and 35.87 record in the 300 meter; Dylan Chatters’ 7.53 record in the 60 meter, and 38.62 record in the 300 meter; Will Carrington’s 37.50 record in the 300 meter, and Joe Cremer’s 1:06.29 record in the 500 meter. 

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