Impressive showing for Redlands
Kalmus: career-best in 3,000m steeplechase by 12 seconds
CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Redlands participated in the high-caliber Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers Meet on Saturday. While competing against several unattached athletes as well as NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA institutions, the Bulldogs recorded numerous personal-best mark, including NCAA qualifying standards.
Long-distance veteran Jeremy Kalmus posted a career-best time of 9:19.95 in the 3000-meter steeplechase, giving him an NCAA Provisional qualifying mark. The senior clocked in as the runner-up in the event after improving his mark by more than 12 seconds.
Cameron Clark just surpassed the NCAA Provisional mark in the 400-meter hurdles, taking ninth in the field with a time of 54.29.
In the men's 800-meter, Tommy Marshall clinched a top-10 finish by coming in eighth with a career-low time of 1:54.84.
Ross Blanchard posted another impressive time in the 100-meter hurdles by crossing the finish line in 14.52 as the fastest collegiate athlete in the field.
Shot putter Matt Steele chucked a 2011-best throw of 47' 11 ¾" to secure 10th place.
For the women, pole-vaulter Kelsey Bermudez unleashed a season-best vault of 11' 7 ¾" for second place overall but first among the collegiate athletes. Bermudez has cleared the 11-foot-mark during each of the last four meets.
Additionally, jumper Kortney Watring and senior distance runner Emily Canales each finished among the top-five in their respective events. Watring came in third in the triple jump with a leap of 37' 11 ½", while Canales finished as the top Division III runner in the field for fifth overall in the 3000m steeplechase (11:39.47).
Sprinter Samantha Rivera and jumper Rachel Foreman both recorded top-10 finishes for the Bulldogs. Rivera crossed the finish line just seven-tenths of a second off of the NCAA standard in the 400-meter dash (58.06) for eighth place. Foreman eclipsed the five-foot barrier in the high jump for the third consecutive meet, tying for ninth as the highest finisher from Division III. Foreman also collected a top-five finish in the long jump, hitting the sand at 17' 7".
Senior three-time All-American Mackenzie Smith continued her impressive season, tossing the javelin 135' for her third throw beyond 130'.