Toreros Close Out Season at OXY

Emerald Raney

May 8, 2013

Los Angeles, CA - The power of Oxy in tandem with senior fire is a dangerous combination for this Torero team...

For most of the athletes, the race at Occidental College brought their 2013 season to a close... However, to the 9 seniors on the Torero squad, this was the last meet they blazed around the track representing the USD Toreros. As we bid farewell to these irreplaceable seniors, the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors give rise to the future of the program.

With a large number of Personal Bests recorded by the underclassmen of this program, the future looks bright for the Toreros. But much credit must be given to the seniors of this program, who have set the foundation to allow for these moments of success. Without their hard work and dedication for the past four years this Torero program would not have developed into what it is today. It is from the leadership and work ethic of our senior class that this program thrives. Which was clearly shown at the season closer Oxy Invite.

Kicking off the afternoon was Senior Stephanie Tucker who sprinted her way to two season bests in both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles. Continuing that momentum was senior Lauren Infusino who shredded her way around the track, pulled by teammate Junior Gillian Gorelik, to an all time personal best of 4:54 in the 1500 meter. Following up on that successful performance was senior Emerald Raney who grinded her way to a season best of 2:17.52 in the 800 meter. However, the performance by Freshman Olivia Houser should not be overlooked as she ran her personal best in the 800 meter at a 2:23.65 to end her 2013 season with a promising future.



As for the men in the afternoon, the meet started off with two seniors Cameron Erhardt and Jacob Bruce who ran their hearts out to finish their collegiate career strong. Following up their shining performance was the 800 meter duo freshman Malik Hayes and junior Rudy Mendoza. These two finished off their 2013, and are eager to see what their 2013-2014 season holds.

Previously mentioned successes were ground work laid for the twilight performances that lied ahead for the Toreros. After night fell, the Toreros lit up the track and showed their stuff. The women's 5k was represented by seniors Maddie Levine and Mackenzie Entrikin. These seniors motivated the rest of the Torero field to run a number of personal bests. Same went for the men, as senior Ciano Ordinola threw down a race of a lifetime finishing at a time of 15:46 crushing his personal best from last weekend at UCSD.

All in all the power of Oxy struck yet again! Congratulations our Toreros for finishing their 2013 track season with much success! And a huge thank you to all the seniors who have contributed so much to this program over the years. You all will be sincerely missed as you are all irreplaceable!

Rudy Mendoza 2:01.67
Malik Hayes 2:00.40

1500m Cameron Erhardt 4:10.25 Jacob Bruce 4:23.48

5000m Ciano Ordinola 15:47.51 (personal best) Johnathan Garcia 16:02.65 (season best) John Cutter 16:06.67 Erik Anderson 16:21.62 Justin Pinizzoto 16:29.73

Women: 800m Emerald Raney 2:17.52 Olivia Houser 2:23.65 (personal best) Rita Kuckertz 2:25.17 (season best)

1500m Gillian Gorelik 4:47.47 Lauren Infusino 4:54.66 (personal best) Sydney Olagaray 5:04.88 (personal best)

5000m Ashton Padberg 18:05.88 (personal best) Kalin Padberg 18:31.46 (personal best) Dani LeMieux 18:54.42 (personal best) Mackenzie Entrikin 19:35.11 (personal best) Jessica McCarthy 19:39.69 (season best) Maddie Levine 19:40.59 Christina Winters 20:02.02 Kathryn Adamson 20:05.80 (personal best)

100m Hurdles Stephanie Tucker 17.76 (season best) 400m Hurdles Stephanie Tucker 1:17.97 (season best)