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SWCC track and field standout Theo Piniau continues to excel in his summer track and field endeavors. He is now a national champion! Piniau won the 400 meter dash during the Papua New Guinea (PNG) National Championships in Kokopo, PNG, from June 6-9. Piniau was also a member of the winning 4x400 and 4x100 teams.
Piniau recently completed his freshman year at SWCC. During his first season as a Spartan, he set the school record in the 400 m for both indoor and outdoor track (49.00 and 47.39) and was also a qualifier for both the indoor (60m, 400m and 4x400m) and outdoor (400m, 4x100m and 4x400m) NJCAA National Track and Field Championships.
Southwestern Community College Track and Field athlete Theo Piniau has been selected to represent Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the World Relays, March 24-25, as a member of his nation's 4x200 m relay team. IAAF World Relays is the biggest sporting event to be held in The Bahamas and is under the aegis of the International Association of Athletics Federation. The 2014 IAAF World Relays will serve as a qualifying competition for the 2015 IAAF World Championships and will bring together 700 athletes and 300 team officials from 40 countries.
This weekend, May 15-17, 2014, at the NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Mesa, AZ, Southwestern’ s men’s and women’s track teams continued the success they had during the regular season by turning in record breaking times and distances at the national meet.
The Spartans indoor track and field teams traveled to Grinnell on Saturday, February 8 and the women turned in some of their best performances of the season at the Grinnell Invitational finishing 8th in a field of twelve teams. The men got the day going with a strong finish in the 4x200 as Bobby Neal, Marquis Flowers, Theo Piniau, and Justin Martin finished third with a 1:32.79.
The Spartans had a strong day in the field events as Torian Parks finished tied for second in the triple jump 12.76m (school record). Parrish McGhee jumped to a 3rd place finish in the long jump as he reset his school record with a 6.24 meter jump. Parks and Martin led the way in the 60m when both qualified for the finals and finished third and sixth. Jackson Shantz ran a 8.92 to end up fifth in 60m hurdles. Ian Morrison and Joe Bierl went third and fifth in the 600m (1:26.18 and 1:26.51). Piniau ran a 51.05 to win the 400m. Rayvonne Brown finished third in the 800 and Aaron Ward earned a fifth place finish in a strong field. The distance medley relay Of Gage Beers, Tailor Greer, Nathan Carr and Ben Friederichs came from behind to finish second.