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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Track & Field team got their 2019 season underway over the weekend taking part in the Mountain T's Invitational hosted by Northern Arizona University.
Head Coach Robert Neely brought 25 athletes for the lone indoor meet of the season and saw a number of breakout performances.
Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels (Sacramento, Calif.) got the meet started for the Purple & Gold in the 60-meter dash finishing 11th out of 42 participants. He posted a time of 7.26. He then returned two events later in the 200 Meter Dash where he took on a field of 44, this time placing 5th overall with a time of 22.73. Joining him in the event was freshman Cooper Tirado who went 8th with a 22.88.
Tirado came back in the 400 Meter placing 4th with a time of 50.81. Then in the 600 Meter, Michael Badillo (Brea, Calif.) (1:30.45), Kurt Vanegas (Riverside, Calif.) (1:31.07), Mason Gaw (Redlands, Calif.) (1:31.19), and Paul Trejo (Whittier, Calif.) (1:32.20) went 4-5-6-7 that kept WC rolling. Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) got his first action in the 60 Meter Hurdles and he impressed running to an 8.68, which placed him 3rd overall. Craig Rogers (Whittier, Calif.) joined him the event and he took 6th with a time of 8:97.
In the 4x400 Relay, the team of Tirado, Eli Bedford (Los Angeles, Calif.), Badillo, and Pridgen-Daniels took 3rd with a 3:37.97. Freshman Myles Malone (Prince Georges County, MD) scored in the Long Jump with a mark of 6.07, which was good enough for 11th. Then in the throws, newcomers Shazel Sakr (12.11m) and Gabriel Contreras (12.06m) posted strong efforts going 6-7 in the Shot Put before flip-flopping in the Weight Throw, where Contreras won the event with a mark of 11.47m, while Mansour-Sakr finished 3rd (10.67m).
Whittier opens up the outdoor season next Saturday, February 16 when they take part in the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet hosted by Pomona-Pitzer.