Wolves win multiple events on day one of George Fox v Portland indoor encounter

PORTLAND, Ore. – Western Oregon University’s men’s and women’s track teams earned a total of six wins and added three more top-10 points in the opening day of the George Fox/Portland Indoor meet on Saturday.

Maya Hopwood opened the day with a victory in the women’s 60 meters with a time of 7.93. In the women’s shot put, Moana Gianotti walked away with the first place throw reaching a mark of 40-10.50. Owen Collins added a win in the men’s shot put with a 45-3 mark. In the triple jumps, Ana Popock won the women’s event with a distance of 36-4.75. Marley Harrison won the men’s race with a distance of 44-3.50. Collins completed the event wins for Wolves in the men’s shot put when he hit a 51-3 mark.

Three brands entered the top 10 in WOU program history that day. Maliyah Thompson moved up to eighth on the all-time list in the women’s 60 meters with a time of 8.06. Thompson then added a time of 9.17 in the women’s 60-metre hurdles to also move up to eighth in program history. Popchock’s mark of 36-4.75 in the women’s triple jump took her to 10and on the all time list.

To open the day, Hopwood, Thompson, Josie Lavato and Taryn Wilson all qualified for Wolves in the women’s 60 metres. In the final, Hopwood won the title with a time of 7.93. Lavato followed with a time of 8.40 to finish fourth and Wilson crossed at 8.49 to place sixth. Thompson did not make the final.

In the men’s 60 meter preliminaries, James Mazzeo paced Wolves in 11and with a time of 7.54, followed by Eli Nafziger in 14and with a time of 7.61.

In the women’s 60 hurdles, Thompson won the preliminaries, followed by Popchock in second, friendship deters came eighth and Hailey Blue ninth as all four qualified for the final. In the final, Popchock led the way finishing second with a time of 9.39, followed by Thompson in third with a time of 9.53 and Deters came in eighth. Blue did not race in the final.

In the men’s 60 hurdles, all four qualified with Gabe Burchfield leading by finishing fifth, followed by Aaron Hanable in sixth, JJ Walker in seventh and Brennen Sorah in eighth. Sorah turned it on for the final as he ended up leading Wolves finishing second with a time of 8.74. Burchfield was close behind with a time of 8.88 to finish third. Hanible posted nearly the same time crossing at 8.89 to finish fifth, followed by Walker in sixth.

Kalulusno Ngaida and Jenelle Hurley competed in the women’s high jump with Ngaida in third at 5-2.25 and Hurley in fifth at 5-0.25.

Devin Hasher finished fifth in the men’s high jump with a height of 5-10.75.

Five Wolves entered the men’s long jump with Harrison in the lead finishing fourth with a distance of 20-8. Burchfield, Walker and Mazzeo all finished within a few marks of each other, with Burchfield finishing fifth with a distance of 20-1.75, Walker sixth with a distance of 20-1.5 and Mazzeo seventh with a distance of 20-1.75. 20-1. Sorah completed the group by finishing eighth.

Deters hit a mark of 16-9.75 in the women’s long jump to finish second.

Gianotti led four Wolves in the women’s shot put to win the title with a 40-10.5 throw. Hall Harget came fifth with a throw of 33-6.50. Hurley came eighth and Deters completed the group for Wolves in 11and.

Collins led the way in the men’s shot put with his first shot of 45-3. Walker also competed for Wolves and came eighth.

Popchock posted her new program mark in the top 10 in the women’s triple jump reaching a distance of 36-4.75. Ngaida was not far behind with a distance of 35-6.75 to come in second. Logan Jackson added a 33-2.50 mark to finish fourth.

Harrison won the men’s triple jump with a score of 44-3.50, while Jacob Flurry came third with a distance of 39-11.25.

Liliana Lyness-Morales paced Wolves in the women’s shot put finishing second with a distance of 42-9.75. Emilie Charpentier had the third-best pitch of the day at 41-6. Hargett also competed for WOU finishing eighth.

In the men’s shot put, Collins won the title with his throw of 51-3. Mark Warren also entered the event for Wolves finishing second with a distance of 49-0.75.

WOU will wrap up the George Fox/Portland Indoor encounter on Sunday with events beginning at 12 p.m. Live results will be available again and can be found here.

Joseph K. Bennett