Mens Track & Field
Menlo College at, De Anza Open
Date of competition: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Track and field officially returned as Menlo College competed in the De Anza Open on Saturday and kicked off the season with a solid team effort to place 8th overall with a slew of competitors earning personal bests.
Long jumper Elijah Noel, a returning All-GSAC competitor picked up right where he left off a season ago as he took home top honors in the long jump to lead the Menlo efforts.
Jonnythan Munkholm, also an All-GSAC competitor a year ago, took home top billing in the high jump with a leap of 1.88 meters.
In addition to his win in the high jump, Munkholm leaped a personal best 14.13 meters in the triple jump, good for a fourth-place finish.
Two other Oaks placed in the top 10 of the triple jump with Noel finishing sixth in 13.91, and freshman Elijah Redding-Moment jumping a personal-best 12.86 meters for a ninth-place finish.
On the women’s side of the jumps, junior Dorian Aberouette finished second in the high jump with a mark of 1.52 meters.
Joe Alvarez led the way for the Oaks in the throws, tossing a lifetime best 38.18 meters in the hammer for a 10th place overall finish. Hector Salas-Selem also threw a lifetime best in the hammer with a throw of 36.91.
Alvarez also competed in the discus and shot put finishing 12th and 8th respectively while Salas-Selem finished 18th and 11th in the discus and shot put.
Munkholm, competing in five different events, participated in the shot put, where he finished 13th with a throw of 11.23 meters.
Joe Ratto competed in his first-ever collegiate javelin competition and finished 13th with a mark of 35.61. Aberoutte finished sixth in the women’s shot put at 8.95.
Senior standout Megan Thompson paced the Oaks in the 1500 and 800. She finished second in the 1500 with a lifetime best 4:55.90 and was fourth in the 800 at 2:24.33.
Newcomers Rachel Valencia and Lucrezia Povero experienced their first taste of collegiate races, each competing in the 800 with Valencia also taking part in the 1500.
On the men’s side, Noble Boutin finished 9th in the 1500 at 4:16.15 and hit a personal-best in the 800 at 2:06.60, good for 13th place. Porter Hansen finished 10th in the 200m at 22.78 while adding a 16th-place finish in the 400 at 51.88.
“This was a phenomenal opener for our team. We really outperformed expectations for this early in the season, and set a great starting point for the rest of the year,” said Menlo coach Dan Noel.
Next up for the Oaks is the Kim Duyst Invitational, hosted by Stanislaus State. The two-day event begins March 3.
-- Menlo Athletics
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