Pirate men finish fourth at Coast Classic Invitational

Pirate men finish fourth at Coast Classic Invitational

COSTA MESA -- Orange Coast College was the host at Friday's 2018 Coast Classic Invitational and in the 10-team field, the Pirates finished fourth overall with 82 points.

Glendale College took the top spot with 157 points, while Santa Monica (99) finished second and Southwestern (83) edged the Pirates for third place. 

OCC's Alixander Morse had himself a busy day of competition, helping the Pirates to a pair of first-place performances. The sophomore standout took the top spot in the high jump finishing tied with Long Beach City's Mark Neak with a mark of 5-feet, 8 3/4-inches. 

Later in the afternoon, he teamed up with Cody Epstein, Javier Molina and Austin Brown and helped the Pirates take first place in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:24.12. Brown's strong finish helped fight off Santa Monica, who finished second with a time of 3:25.95.

From there, the Pirates picked up several top-three scores to help them finish fourth overall against a tough field of schools. Morse took second in the 400 hurdles (56.34) as well as the 110 high hurdles (15.87). Epstein took second in the 400 with a time of 50.89. Brown took home third place in the 200 with a time of 22.34.

Distance specialist Hector Leon Gaspar took third in the 1,500 (4:09.82) and fourth in the 3,000 (9:06.09), while Michael Drew Dobbs finished third overall in the hammer throw with a mark of 114-6.

The Pirates will be back at the OCC Track Complex on Friday when they host an OEC Tri-Meet, beginning at 11 a.m.