On April 9 the track and field teams participated in the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
Women standouts included junior Chelsea Van-Cott, who placed second in the womens 3000 meter steeplechase and freshman Christine Grimes, who placed seventh in the womens shot put.
The men of Vanguard didn’t fail to impress either.
Sophomore Fernando Orozco placed third in the mens 3000 meter steeplechase, and senior Christian de Glymes placed eighth in the mens 1500 meter run.
The team traveled to the Azusa Pacific Invitational on April 15.
“Our athletes competed their hearts out this weekend! I couldn’t be more proud of them. They put forth very competitive efforts and displayed great sportsmanship throughout the meet,” coach Bryan Wilkins said.
Sophomore Jazmine Reyes placed first for section five of the womens 1500 meter run and sophomore Lauren Minnick placed fifth in the same event.
Freshman Christine Grimes placed second in the third flight of womens shot put and first for the fourth flight in the discus throw.
Freshman Lindsey Deming placed second in the third flight womens javelin throw.
Men’s highlights were freshman Derek James receiving first place for section nine in the mens 100 meter dash and second for section twelve for the 200 meter dash.
“I feel that the team is doing well right now and that we are only going to get better as a whole. We are all young and hungry and still improving,” freshman Derrick James said.
Junior Billy Mitchell placed second for section five of the mens 800 meter run and freshman Caleb Meister received third for section eight.
Junior Chad Smith placed first for section six of the mens 1500 meter run.
“Im stoked for our team for the GSAC championship. Records are going to go down and personal records are going to be broken,” sophomore Lauren Minnick said.
The team is quickly improving as it nears the final stretch of the season.
The Lions now look to compete at the GSAC championships on April 29 and 30 at Fresno Pacific University.