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Green and Gold Open Kicks Off Track Season

By Keaundrey Clark

Grace Hall, HSU sprinter, running her hardest on her second lap during the women’s 800 meter race on Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. | Juan Herrera

Humboldt State’s track and field began the 2017 season with the annual Green and Gold Open Saturday at the Redwood Bowl.

The intrasquad scrimmage, which hosts visitors from College of the Redwoods and local participants, gave the Lumberjacks an opportunity to tune up before the Kim Duyst Invitational in Turlock, Calif., on March 4.

HSU’s Gold Teams won the event  versus the Green Teams. The Gold Women outscored the Green Women 45-35 and the Gold Men narrowly beat the Green Men 33-29. The top three finishers in each event were awarded points with first place earning 4 points, second place 2 points and third place 1 point.

Highlights of the event included the return of decathlete Teigan Eilers. Eilers finished first in the long jump and javelin, second in the 400m dash and fourth in the discus. His 7.18m distance in the long jump was his personal best, while his 56.69m toss in the javelin is one of the top eight performances in program history. Eilers returned from an injury that cost him the 2016 season.

After representing the Green and Gold at NCAA Outdoor Nationals last season, Alyssabeth DeJerez showed she was ready to return  this season with Saturday’s times. DeJerez earned first place finishes in the 200m dash (24.96) and the 800m (2:17.49),

Tatiana Gillick and Dustyn Salomon were top finishers in the women’s and men’s 3200m races, respectively. Marissa McCay held the top spot in the javelin, 100m hurdles and high jump and second in the 200m dash and shot put.

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