TURLOCK — Cal State Stanislaus has taken over the hammer throw event at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Track and Field Championships.
Thomas Gesser accounted for the Warriors' third straight CCAA title in the hammer by throwing a personal-best 190 feet 7 inches Friday at Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium.
Gesser, a senior from Camarillo, surpassed his previous best by more than six feet with a throw that was the third-best in school history. He topped teammates Josh Uikfili in third place (185 feet) and Ryan Gates in fifth (179-4).
Gates entered the meet as the defending champion and Cuauhtemoc Vallejo-Howard won in 2011.
Uikfili, a junior, also starred by winning shot put with a personal best of 59-1½ which also improved his school record.
Noel Wright enjoyed a busy day for Stanislaus by placing second in the women's hammer (156-1) and third in the shot put (a PR of 40¾).
Andrea Severson was sixth in the long jump (17-6¾) followed in seventh by teammate Rio Schwalbach (17-3½). In the night's final women's event Dallas Campbell finished ninth in the 10,000 meters (38:51.66) just ahead of teammate Lindsay Garcia (39:03.43).
Marina Ghabbour raised expectations by advancing to the 1,500 final with an event-best 4:47.84 and also was the second-best qualifier in the 800 (2:28.49).
Other Stanislaus women who advanced to today's finals were Chavariana Ryan and Kyanna Thomas in the 400, and Efuoma Egbikuadje and Aman Hundal in the 800.
Earlier, Stanislaus' Tina Lane totaled a career-best 3,620 points and placed seventh in the heptathlon. Lane, the Warriors' only entry in the combined events, scored personal bests in both the 100-meter hurdles and shot put.
Highlighting a list of Stanislaus qualifiers for today's finals is Terrance Ellis, who won his heat in the 800 (1:54.9) with the third-fastest time overall. Three Warriors advanced in the 400 Jeremy Roberts, Rory Rodriguez and Jordan Elzie. Dean Alley joins Ellis in the 800.
Also competing in the 110 hurdles final is Elijah Carter.
Thirty-one more individual champions will be crowned during today's program.