Track & Field Podiums Eight at SCIAC Championships

Track & Field Podiums Eight at SCIAC Championships

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REDLANDS, Calif. – Following the two-day Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships, the Whittier College Track & Field team saw seven individuals podium and one relay team.

At the completion of the Championships, the men's team totaled 56 points, which was good enough to beat out Cal Lutheran (41 Points), Chapman (6 Points), and Caltech (4 Points).  The women though finished 7th collecting 51 points beating Caltech (12 points) and Chapman (3 Points). 

Out of the eight who podium, five came from the men's side.  Freshman Benjamin White (Whittier, Calif.) who was in the running for SCIAC Newcomer of the Year took 2nd in the 10000m posting a time of 31:24.35 trailing only to junior standout Andy Reischling (Pomona-Pitzer – 31:14.21).

In the very next event, the 110mH, freshman Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) came up big with a 3rd place finish with a time of 15.18.

In the field events, Miguel Redmond (San Jose, Calif.) and Garrett Silva (Whittier, Calif.) fed off of each other in the Pole Vault placing 2nd and 3rd, respectively.  Redmond coming in with a 15-3.50 and Silva with a 14-11.50.    

In the final race on the day, the 4x400 Relay, the team of Jay Smith (Bellflower, Calif.), Ray Ray Roberson (Albuquerque, NM), Michael Badillo (Brea, Calif.), and Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels (Sacramento, Calif.) put together an exciting event racing to a 3rd place finish with a quick time of 3:21.76.

On the ladies side, Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the scoring with a 2nd place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:17.91.  Julissa Tobias (Norwalk, Calif.) followed in the 1500m taking 3rd with a 4:40.27 and Jessica Iribe (Buena Park, Calif.) capped off the day with a 3rd place finish in the 10000m with a time of 37:22.65.       

Whittier returns to competition next Saturday, May 12 when they take part in the Occidental Invitational.