For the weekend of January 31, February 1 the OTC Chula Vista group traveled to Boise, Idaho and Seattle Washington to take part in two collegiate invitationals.
At the Boise Invitational it was the opening multi event for the men and women. Shana Woods set a life time PB in two events and overall PB scoring 4051 points which is tied for the 24th best mark in the world. In the high jump Maya Presley continues to improve as she jumped 1.80 for the win. Gunnar Nixon did the first day of the heptathlon as a tune up for his first full multi in Birmingham, Alabama this coming weekend.
In Seattle the throwers stole the show. World Championship shot put finalist Tia Brooks had her best season opener as she threw 18.51 for the 4th longest throw in the world. Joe Kovacs threw the 13th furthest throw and seasonal PB of 20.05 while teammate Eric Werskey threw 19.56 in the runner up spot. Also throwing a life time PB in the shot was World Championship member in the discus Whitney Ashley, she was able to throw 17.22 which is the 11th best mark in the world.
In the men's long jump Tyron Stewart continued his consistency as he jumped 7.90 for the win, he was followed by teammate Will Claye who opened up his season jumping 7.89 which is the 10th best mark despite using a short approach. Following them was teammate Chris Benard who jumped 7.56, the jumpers left a few large jumps in the pit as they had issues negotiating the foul board. In the women's triple jump the athletes continue to progress and excitement is building as we close in on the Indoor USATF championships.
This weekend a few athletes will travel to Boston to compete in the New Balance Invite, while the majority of the group will travel to New Mexico for the Lobo invitational.