LANCASTER - There were some fast times and many season bests at the AVC Invitational, on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Antelope Valley College.
Specifically in the men's 400m race which featured Joshua Cummings and Micah Robinson. Cummings, who ran a personal best 49.62 breaking the 50-second plateau last week, bettered his time this week blazing to a 48.30, knocking a second and a half off his best time. Cummings finished right behind Ventura College's Tristan Griffith, who won the race in a season best time for him (48.22).
"When I went to (University of) Arizona for a year I wanted to run a 47. I'm trying to make up what I didn't run last year," Cummings said. "I'm working very hard and I want to hit 47.5 (at least). I want set high marks. The coach is really great. This week is our bye week, so we're going to be working very hard. I'm taking it little by little. I was a little disappointed because I was stuck at the 50 for a few meets."
Robinson, too broke the 50-second barrier, and clocked 49.30, finishing fifth. In fact, the top six finishers of the race all had season best times. The top seven finishers in the men's 100 meters all had season best times. Jordan Rayfield as had a season best time of 51.23.
Bradley Wiggs and Alec Franco went 3-4 in the 3000 meter run. Wiggs finished third (9:10.57) behind first place finisher Jason Hillquist of College of the Canyons (9:01.83) and Orange Coast College's Galyn Nash who was second (9:06.41). Franco knocked more than 40 seconds off his season best time with a time of 9:18.72. His previous best time in the event had been 10:00.00.
Ryan Alvarez garnered first place in the men's hammer throw. Alvarez threw 156-03, outdistancing Saddleback College's Luigi Gonzalez. Gonzalez entered the meet with the best toss of the field, but Alvarez' season best throw gave him first place. John Jablonski finished third (140-11) and Kyle Schilling was fifth (136-01).
Schilling has been dominant in all three throws categories this season. He finished seventh in the shot put (44-11.00) and seventh in the discus (129-06). Austin Gunn took home a seventh place finish in the javelin throw (115-03).
The team of Cummings, Rayfield, Jesus Patino and Robinson finihsed third in the 4X400 meter relay. the foursome knocked two seconds off their best time of the season (3:21.12). The finished behind College of the Canyons (3:19.64) and Glendale (3:20.98).