Racing around the globe: CWU competes in Oregon and California


Erica Cabanos mid-jump. Photo courtesy of Jacob Thompson: Thompson Sports Media

Tre'Jon Henderson, Staff Reporter

CWU Track & Field competed in four meets in California and Oregon. Lauryn Chandler and McCall DeChenne performed well for the Wildcats earning conditional qualifying times.

Head Coach Kevin Adkisson spoke on his team’s performance after the meet concluded.

“We love the way we see people compete,” Adkisson said. “They’ve been making the most of every opportunity we get, so that was cool to see. We had people weather some tough weather, literally, and competing hard and not giving up.”

There were Wildcats who had stand out performances, including jumper Tehya Moore who long-jumped 15’7’in the finals, a new personal record which put her as a top competitor at the meet.

”Coach pushes us every day to be better athletes. The work we put in all year was not for nothing; if we want to be our best, we must dig deep,’’ Moore said. “It is great to see that people’s hard work is paying off and getting their opportunity to go out and compete.’’

At the Pacific Open, Erica Cabanos added a pair of wins to her catalog with wins in the long jump (16’3) and triple jump (36’8.25’). 

“For me, it is just my last year so honestly, I just need to remember to have fun and enjoy it.’’ Cabanos said. “My body is much stronger than it used to be, so I just need to trust in the training I have been doing since September and have fun with it.’’

At the Mike Fanelli Classic in California, 100-meter runner E’lexis Hollis won her event with a time of 11.89.

“It is exciting that everyone can compete at a variety of meets that can help push us to our best.’’ Hollis said. 

‘’As a team I think we have a pretty good chance at winning GNAC’s. We have strong athletes in every event group. so I think if we all just focus on our respective events we could definitely put some pressure on teams in the GNAC.’’ Hollis said

For their next meet the Wildcats will travel to Spokane, Washington for the Whitworth Peace Meet, hosted by Whitworth University on April 7.