Indoor Track Team Sends 13 to Nationals

YC Track and Field Coach
Justin Carver ’07

Kawika Pedrina

Jade Hodge

Shaylee Carlock

Patricia Robinson

Andrew Aragon

Aaron Beadle

Caleb Smith

Asher Palomo

Darreon Collins

Troy Kelly

Warren Lannon

Jake Hasenauer

Dustin Campbell

This Saturday, February 18, 13 athletes from the York College track and field teams will compete in the 2012 NCCAA Indoor National Championships in Cedarville, Ohio.  This will be the largest group the YC track program has ever taken to the national competition.  

Individual Events

Kawika Pedrina, a sophomore from Waimanalo, Hawaii, will be competing in the men’s 55-meter dash and will start the men’s  4x200 relay team. Last year, the YC team placed in the top ten in the relay event.

Pedrina, an explosive sprinter, looks to do some damage not only in the 55 but also get the 4x200 meter relay team out in front with a speedy start, says YC Track and Field Coach Justin Carver ’07.

Jade Hodge, a freshman from El Sobrante, Calif., hopes to make her mark in the women’s triple jump.  Jade is an excellent jumper with speed, finesse, and power, says Carver. “We expect a strong finish from Jade at her first national competition of her collegiate career.”

Shaylee Carlock, a junior from Turney, Mo., will compete in the women’s shot put event. Carver describes the two-time indoor national qualifier as “strong, both physically and mentally.”

 “We expect a big meet from Shaylee and will be shooting for an All-American performance,” says Carver. “It will be an exciting meet for her.”

Patricia Robinson, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb., will also be competing in shot put.  Carver touts her quickness in the ring as the key to her success. “I not only expect Patricia to have a good meet, but turn some heads in the process,” he says.

Andrew Aragon, a redshirt sophomore from Delta, Colo., will be making his name known in the men’s shot put. 

After having some setbacks last year, including an almost career-ending injury, “Aragon is back with a fire burning bright,” says Carver, who predicts Aragon will become an All-American after this meet.

Aaron Beadle, a senior from Anamosa, Iowa, is returning to the national indoor competition for his third year. “He is throwing better this year than previous years and we are looking for a solid performance,” says Carver.  

Caleb Smith, a freshman from Colorado Springs, Colo., rounds out the men’s shot put event.  Smith has “tons of raw power,” says Carver. “He is a promising young thrower on the national level.” 

Team Relays

Asher Palomo, a freshman from Dalhart, Texas; Darreon Collins, a sophomore from Kansas City, Mo.; and Troy Kelly, a sophomore from Bakersfield, Calif., will join Pedrina to make up the 4x200 team.  Last year, this group placed eighth in the event.

The distance medley relay will see Palomo joined by Warren Lannon and Jake Hasenauer, freshmen from North Platte, Neb., and Dustin Campbell a junior from Silver Lake, Kans.

Carver has high hopes for his team’s performance this weekend. “We expect to compete with Panther Pride and cash in all the work put in this season,” he says.



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