By Luke Laurita
The Women’s Track and Field team continues making strides toward the top of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) with another stellar finish in the San Diego Collegiate Challenge hosted by UC San Diego on March 12.
Stiff competition from UC San Diego’s “A” team made a tough day of competition for the Toros.
Tyrana Beasley claimed three medals, marking her third consecutive tournament with multiple medal finishes.
Zephora Kemp ran a personal best in the 400-meter race with a finish time of 58.75 seconds, resulting in a fourth-place finish.
Beasley claimed first place in the 100 meter, third in the 200 meter, and second as part of the Toro’s 4×100 relay team.
The Toros welcomed back three of four runners who made up the second-place, all CCAA 4×100 relay team of last year.
Mariah Walker, Kemp and Beasley are eager to top last season’s records with the help of newcomer Dominique Roan.
The team earned a second-place finish for the day, but took a victory in its first race together with almost a second to spare, besting UCSD at the Mangrum Invite.
Taking this in stride, the four runners are not only looking to top the CCAA, but also take NCAA ranks this year.
Head Coach Warren Edmonson is excited as to what the season has to offer. Edmonson has seen a lot of success in his 15 seasons with DH. As the head coach for the Toros, 29 of the program’s 32 all-time track and field All-Americans have been named under his guidance.
Edmonson also added a new coach to his staff this year, Carmelita Jeter, a DH alumna, NCAA hall-of-famer and three-time, Olympic medalist.
Jeter’s experience and knowledge will be a key component to the women’s success this season.
The team travels to Honolulu for the Rainbow Relays on March 25.
Stay up to date with the outdoor season by following the team on Twitter @CSUDHwtrack or check out gotoros.com.