Track improves at Ben Brown Invite

With a stomach full of butterflies, Antwon Parker steps into the blocks. Wanting to empress the coaches, he takes of as fast as he can. Instead of freeing his mind, the butterflies creep up and flutter his brain. The track meet will turn out to be one insane venture for this Warrior.

“The track meet was amazing,” Antwon Parker, sophomore sprinter said. “It was one of the biggest meets. Over 100 people in most of the events.”

The Ben Brown Invite head at CSU Fullerton Friday and Saturday March 14 to 15 was a two day long invitational according to

“This is probably the most competitive track and field meet to date this part of the season,” Dean Lofgren said. Any level can compete, “it is opened to anyone in track and field.”

The events started Friday at 10 a.m. to noon for the thrower then all other events continued Saturday at 9 a.m. and finished around 9 p.m.

According to the results posted on, the EC Warriors ran their best but the competition was fierce. Although the Warriors won in some of the heats, overall their scoring ranged from the top 10’s to top 50’s for most events.

“It’s real big,” Lofgren said. Pull up the results from last year one can see names of “gold medalist and world champions” that may attend and compete in events Saturday.

Nevertheless, the team came to compete and score their best. Sophomores Jaylynn Branch, Raven Nunez and Crystal Lizaola placed in the top 10 for the 400-meter dash while team mate Syria Hicks, freshman, sprinter placed 10th in the 100 hurdles overall.

“I had high expectations because I’ve been training hard all week,” Parker said.

Training hard pushed the men’s team to claim victory. Austin Nuchols, freshman decathlete placed 4th and Parker placed 9th overall in the 400. Teammate Austin Van Biezen, sophomore, distance runner placed 4th in the 3000 meter Steeplechase.

With a strong finish in mind, Parker “was nervous enough” worrying about the Warriors.

In the end, both the men’s and women’s relay teams were successful this weekend. In the 4×100 meter relay the women placed 8th and placed 4th in the 4×400 meter relay. The men placed 4th in the 4×100 while also placing 7th in the 4×400.

The meet hosted over 15 colleges and universities as well as unattached runners to showcase their skills on a competitive level.

“The competition was fierce. The majority of schools were universities,” Parker said.

Universities like USC, UCLA and Long Beach State are traditionally there as well as schools from up North and out of state come to compete.

“The nice thing about our sport we have the opportunity to run against the best in the world at some of these invitationals,” Lofgren said.