The College of the Canyons track & field program saw its first action of the spring at last week's Battle of the Regions meet hosted by Bakersfield College, with the men's and women's teams combining for eight first place finishes on the day.
Canyons fared well in all event categories, with Cougars taking first place in a combination of sprints, distance, throwing, jumping and relay events.
COC's women's team won the meet with a score of 134 on the day. Moorpark College finished second at 102 and host Bakersfield was third with 86 points.
Cougar sophomore Jasmine Hall won the 200m with a time of 26.73, and also took first place in the javelin with a throw of 31.28m.
Canyons also dominated the 800m and 1500m events. COC sophomore Lexi Whitman ran to a second place time of 2:32.27 in the 800m, and was trailed by teammates Díani Ellis (2:32.53) and Jessica Ruiz (2:35.30) in third and fourth place, respectively.
COC runners followed suit in the 1500m event with Whitman (5:05.16), Ruiz (5:05.67), Stephanie Martinez (5:06.07) and Ellis (5:06.96) taking the two through five spots.
Martinez also placed first in the 3000m with a time of 11:07.20.
Sophomore Samiyah Hawkins won the shot put with a throw of 11.65m. Hawkins also placed second in the discus at 33.28m.
On the men's side COC finished third with 92.5 event points. That total trailed second place Bakersfield (96) and event champion Moorpark (152.5).
Canyons freshman Slade Cavallaro won the men's 400h with a time of 1:00.7.
COC's 4x100m relay team of Lambert, Buncio, Louis Eusebi and Holcomb finished second at 43.82. Bakersfield placed first at 43.32.
Broadus was also a second place finisher in the 400m at a mark of 51.21.
Canyons will return to Bakersfield on Friday, Feb. 24, to compete in the first conference meet of the season.
— Story by Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information