Jumps and hurdles at first meet in 9 years1 min read

Nathan Garimella, Staff Reporter

Fans and neighbors of De Anza College came to cheer for participants in the first meet ever at the campus’s new Olympic-style field March 2. It was also the first track and field meet hosted by De Anza in nine years.

The De Anza Open was open to anyone who wanted to participate, including alumni and non-student athletes.

The meet consisted of 38 events – 19 each for men and women.

Athletes participated from City College of San Francisco, West Valley and Monterey Peninsula as well as San Jose State University, Sonoma State, Bethany and University of California, Santa Cruz.

Freshman sprinter Tekeya Todd said she could have done better after coming in second place for the 200-meter dash, with a time of 26.07 seconds. Atiya Harvey, from City College of San Francisco, took first place with 25.36 seconds.

Cupertino resident Mindy Johnson came to check out the event and said she was happy to see that the students were performing their best.

“It feels like I live right next to mini Olympics, especially now since track and field has started,” she said.

Sophomore thrower Mike Gutberlet scored the second highest in Varsity Boys Javelin Throw, with 43.35 feet.

“I scored well in all my events, but it’s been a rough day,” he said.

De Anza’s men and women both scored highest among the participants – women with 337 points and men with 236 points.