Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Robert Neely Era begins at Rossi Relays

Robert Neely Era begins at Rossi Relays

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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Robert Neely era began this past Saturday for the Whittier College Men's Track & Field teams as they took part in the Rossi Relays.

After weather forced the cancellation of their season opener, the Purple & Gold used this meet to dust off the spikes and get a competition in before this Saturday's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opener. 

Junior Julissa Tobias moved to 3rd on the Whittier College all-time list in the 3000 meter race, finishing with a time of 10:33.30.  This was a PR of almost 25 seconds. Freshman Piper Lowinger completed her first 100 hurdle race with a time of 16.76, putting her 7th on the all-time list.  For the throws, junior Christina Prieto finished with a put of 30'03.75" in the shot put and 94'11"—a good start for her season.

On the men's side, the Distance Medley Relay team of Ruben Solorza, Josh Minnie, William Howells and Julian Sandoval ran 10:32.08 to finish 5th and move into the 5th spot on the school's all-time list.  The men's 4x800 team of Howells, Minnie, Sandoval, and Osvaldo Cerda ran 8:18.06, good for 3rd all-time and freshman and dual-sport athlete Natnael Yitayew was a heat winner in his collegiate opener 110 high hurdles with a time of 17.04.

The Poets look to continue to build upon Saturday's results with a good showing at the opening SCIAC multi-dual hosted by Chapman University at Pomona-Pitzer College's Strehle Track this Saturday, March 4.