Track and field superstars shine at GNAC’s
Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
There is no such thing as a sophomore slump for indoor track and field athletes Tyler Cronk and Keshara Romain. Both Saint Martin’s students were named the Field Athletes of the Meet, after they put on incredible performances in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho.
Cronk ended with a 7-foot, 1-inch high jump, which proved to be the best at the meet and earned himself the conference title. Then, Romain broke the conference meet record with an astonishing triple jump of 41-feet, 8-inches.
Cronk and Romain continue to prove themselves each and every event. Romain entered the meet ranked second overall in the NCAA Division-II triple jump. Her GNAC Indoor record was also an overall GNAC record, and a Saint Martin’s school record. Her best jump came on her third and last attempt in the finals.
After winning the high jump, Cronk backed up his win with a second-place finish in the men’s long jump with a mark of 22-feet, 11.75 inches. This is Cronk’s fourth All-Conference award in three trips to the GNAC Championships.
The complete breakdown of athletes who competed in specified events in the Indoor Championship on the women side is 60m – Makiya Worthy, 200m – Makiya Worthy, 3000m – Elaina Hansen, High Jump – Ashley Vest, Tiffany Pott, Long Jump – Margaret Zilla, Keshara Romain, Triple Jump – Margaret Zilla, Keshara Romain, Pole Vault – Brianna Cabrera, Alyssa Smith, Shot Put – Tiffany Pott, and Pentathlon – Tiffany Pott, Eden Mortensen.
On the men’s side, 60m – Landon Armstrong, Josh Schulz, Logan Armstrong, 200m – Logan Armstrong, Michael Russell, Barrington Walker, 800m – Guillaume Tabary, Nick Georgia, Miguel De LaMelena, One Mile – Marcus Rice, 3000m – Jack Farrell, Andrew Oslin, 5000m- Andrew Oslin, High Jump – Josh Schulz, Tyler Cronk, Long Jump – Andrew Schulz, Josh Schulz, Tyler Cronk, Triple Jump – Cooper McCullough, Tyler Cronk, Josh Schulz, Shot Put – Micah Au-Haupu, and Weight Throw – Josh Eiland.
Alyssa Smith fell just short of receiving All-Conference honors by placing fourth overall in the pole vault. Smith, a Saint Martin’s junior, cleared the 11-feet, 7-inch mark, and Michael Russell placed fourth in the 200m dash with a dazzling time of 22.21 seconds. Barrington Walker just missed the cut for the finals, finishing in ninth place, and in the same event Logan Armstrong placed 17th. Brianna Cabrera placed seventh in the pole vault, and Josh Schulz finished seventh place in triple jump. Ashley Vest and Tiffany Pott tied for 11th overall in the high jump and Micah Au-Haupu placed 18th in the shot put.
Overall, the Saints placed seventh on the men’s side, with a total of 39 points. Women placed eighth, with a total of 26 points. The teams look to bounce back as their next meet prior to the NCAA Indoor Championship is the SPU Last Chance Qualifier held in Seattle on Feb. 29.