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Jessup women’s track takes third at conference

Four Warriors qualify for nationals
By: Brianna Campbell for The News Messenger/Placer Herald
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—The William Jessup University track and field team completed their final day of competition at the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships held Saturday afternoon, collecting a handful of medals.

The final day was kicked off by throwing competitions with the women taking on the shot put pit. Of the five Warriors throwing, three made it to the final round, with senior Jennah Richmond placing third overall.

Richmond tossed the shot 11.58 meters, a personal best mark. Classmate Bianca Trevizo was fourth with a 10.92m throw.

Richmond also took home the title in the javelin on Friday for a first-place medal.

Trevizo and Shannon Postle took on the hammer throw where they both had top-five finishes. Trevizo was fourth at 40.68m and Postle finished in fifth place with a 34.70m throw.

Postle took home her first career GSAC medal in discus in the third-place spot to close out her career.

The Warriors continued their hot streak with Craig Elliot II competing in his final GSAC career 800m race. Elliot left it all on the track taking first and qualifying for nationals. Elliot is a two-time conference champion in the 800 and two-time national competitor. 

"Craig ran a textbook 800m race," coach Parker Daniells commented. "He ran with a lot of control and owned the race from beginning to end knowing the outcome. He followed through on the plan we had going into it and implemented that plan perfectly. I'm excited for him to move forward with nationals. How he ran today has prepared him well for the national level, which is exactly where he wanted to be right now going into this."

Teammate Justin Whelply made history competing in the 400m finals, his third consecutive finals appearance as a Warrior.

Freshmen Vendela Williams and Jared Wilson competed in the 400m and 200m. Williams set a personal record in the 400m and broke the school record taking third in the finals with a 59.59. Williams also raced in the women's 200m for fourth and contributed in the women's 4x400m.

Jared Wilson tackled his first conference meet in full force, taking home all-conference recognition in the 400m with a second place finish (50.05). He just missed in the 200m, placing fourth in the finals closing at 22.70.

Richmond took her dominance to the track taking on the 100m hurdles. Her third-place finish with a 14.98 was a national qualifying mark. It was her first of the meet and was followed a win in the 400m hurdles with the national qualifying time of 1:03.91.

Over her career, the senor has achieved four conference championships, one of the most colored medalist in school history.

"Jennah is a true Warrior. She went out today with a fighting attitude, fighting to PR in each throw, attacking each hurdle, and literally fighting to the end in the women's 4X400 relay," head coach Veronica Graves said. "Jennah has a heart of gold and will always be a true, loyal Warrior."

The meet concluded teams cheering on their teammates in the final 4x400m relay. The quartet of Warriors included Williams, Alyssa PerryAmber Taylor and Richmond running anchor. The Warriors took second just .04 seconds behind Biola University. 

Closing out the meet, the Warriors women took third overall in the two days of competition with 84 points. Biola was second and meet host Westmont College first.

"Our coaching staff could not be more proud of each athlete that competed in conference. I am so excited for where Jessup's track and field program is heading. Our seniors this year are leaving a lasting legacy of what commitment, integrity, grit and pure hard work look like," Graves said. "Our focus for the next month will be fine tuning our National qualifiers for their last track meet in their collegiate careers. The goal is, and always will be to bring them all home as All-Americans."  The hard work will continue, as Jessup prepares for nationals in Gulf Shores, Ala. There are a few meets remaining for other Warriors to try and qualify for the National Meet.

Already punching their tickets were Richmond (heptathlon, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles), Bailey Shykowski (marathon), Hannah Schmidt (marathon) and Elliot (800m).