SDSU Track coming back strong

By Robert Myers Sports Reporter

SDSU’s track and field teams boasted several top finishes and a new school record while competing at the Jack Johnson Classic on     Friday and Saturday.

Carly Carper led the way, winning the  60-meter dash and once again breaking her own school-record time, by .03, seconds in the process.

“Carly in particular seems to be just         chomping away every week at the 60,” said head coach Rod DeHaven. “I think she’s poised to do something even bigger here down the road.”

Mary Wirth joined the winners’ club with her third straight victory in the high jump, clearing 5-11.25. Jazzelena Black took the triple jump, 39-4, and finished third in the long jump.

On the men’s side, Jeremiah Ary earned the lone victory, besting his competition in the triple jump with a distance of 47-0.25.

“Jeremiah has had a really outstanding season and, again, I think he’s someone who will go a lot farther, both in the long jump and the triple jump, before the season’s done,” DeHaven said.

Joel Reichow came in fourth in the mile, missing out on the prize by less than a second, while teammate Brendan Sage finished 13th, 13 seconds back.

At this point in the season, DeHaven is just now getting his team healthy and training as they were set back by semester break and then a flu outbreak among his ranks. As a                    result, he said the Jacks might have lost ground to their  Summit League foes that will need to be made up in the weeks leading up to the                                   Summit League Indoor Championships set to take place on Feb. 27 and 28.

“I think we’re over the flu, but the problem is you missed that training and you’re just         trying to get back to full strength,” DeHaven said. “What we have to do is just keep grinding away in the next few weeks leading up to the conference meet.”

The first order of business comes at the Frank Sevigne-Husker Invitational and USD Open set to take place Feb. 6 and 7, where the Jacks will look for bigger contributions from team members outside their current group of stars.

“We’re still looking for that kind of WOW moment from somebody other than our     usual suspects and if we get that maybe it will           become infectious,” DeHaven said.