Drops Lead Owls at Woody Wilson Invite



DAVIS, Calif. – Oregon Tech athletes continue to assault the school’s track and field record book, and, in the process, keep adding ‘A’ qualifying marks for the NAIA outdoor Championships scheduled for May.
Freshman Hunter Drops led Saturday’s assault during the Woody Wilson Invitational championships hosted by the University of California Davis at the Woody Wilson Track and Toomey Field.
Drops won the men’s javelin with a throw of 203 feet, two inches, as he became just the eighth javelin thrower in school history to go beyond 200 feet. His effort also was an NAIA ‘A’ qualifier.
Drops was also second in the pole vault at 15-9, which is third best in OIT history, and the highest vault not to reach 16 feet. It, too, is an ‘A’ standard mark.
The other ‘A’ standard effort came in the long jump where Zuhuri Manley went a school record 23-4½ and placed second. Seth Gretz was fifth in the event with a personal best of 22-7¼.
The other school record came in the women’s 400 when Amber Von Essen fininshed in a time of 57.08 seconds beating the old school record of 58:28 set by Susie Garza in 2015.
Donnie Pate finished 3rd in the men’s 100 in a time of 10.95, while Travis Thomasmoved into third place in the OIT record books in the men’s 200 with a fifth-place finish in 22.09. Pate was right behind in 22.42, which is fourth at OIT.
Thomas joined Drops in giving OIT its only other individual victory when he won the 400 in 48.56, which second best all-time.
For the women, the best individual finish was a fourth by Susie Garza in the 800, where she finished in 2:14.43, just behind her career best.
Nishi Chase, meanwhile, moved into third place on the women’s pole vault chart with a fifth-place effort of 10-11¾. Her 5-1 high jump tied her for 10th place on Tech’s career chart.
Jasmine James moved into sixth place in the women’s triple jump at 35-2.
Up next will be the CCC-Multi’s April 19 and 20 and the Raider Invite April 21 both being held at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.