Track & Field Upsets Pomona-Pitzer at SCIAC No. 2

Track & Field Upsets Pomona-Pitzer at SCIAC No. 2

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's & Women's Track & Field teams hosted the second Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Multi-Dual this past Saturday, the first meet hosted by Whittier College since 2009.

The Purple & Gold hosted Cal Lutheran University, Claremont-M-S, and Pomona-Pitzer.  On the men's side, Whittier went 0-2 falling to Pomona-Pitzer (100-62) and Claremont-M-S (96.50-65.50).  The women however made history going 1-1, with an upset win over Pomona-Pitzer (95-63), the first victory over the Sagehens in program history, while falling in a tight battle to Claremont-M-S (99-62).

Senior Emily Apodaca (Whittier, Calif.) jumpstarted the ladies winning the 400m with a time of 1:00.55.  Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.) followed by taking the 800m (2:18.11) and to cap off the day, the 4x400 Relay team of Apodaca, Elyse Espe (Wishon, Calif.), Tiazha Hogue (Redlands, Calif.), and Covarrubias brought home big points winning the event with a time of 4:05.61.

Other notable performances on the women's side included Piper Lowinger (Whittier, Calif.) in the 100m Hurdles placing 3rd with a  time of 15.21,a PR for her, which moves her to 2nd All-Time in the Whittier College record books.     

Exciting drama occurred in the triple jump for the Purple & Gold.  Freshman Caitlin Greenup (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) came up big breaking the school record with a mark of 10.60m.  But minutes later, teammate Hannah Duran-Wright (Palm Springs, Calif.) would do one better, jumping to a 10.84m mark to take over the top spot in the record books forcing Greenup to No. 2.  Duran-Wright also took 2nd in the Long Jump going 5.25m.         

In the throws, senior Christina Prieto (La Mirada, Calif.) took 4th in the Hammer and is now 6th all-time.  Freshman Sabrina Van Beek (Atascadero, Calif.) was strong as well going 3rd in the Shot Put (10.46m) and 4th in the Discus (32.91m).  Then in the javelin, junior transfer Sheila Samson (Granada Hills, Calif.) would take 4th with a throw of 26.69m.     

On the men's side, junior Julian Sandoval (El Monte, Calif.) and freshman Benjamin White (Whittier, Calif.) provided fireworks in the 5,000m.  White took a lead midway through but couldn't hold off his teammate as Sandoval would come from behind to win the event with a time of 15:17.69.  White would take 2nd with a time of 15:23.06.    

In the 100mH the Purple & Gold swept going 1-2-3 with Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) taking the top spot (15.78), followed by Craig Rogers (Whittier, Calif.) (16.02), and Natnael Yitayew (San Diego, Calif.) (16.82).  Then to cap off the day, the 4x400 Meter Relay would create excitement till the very end holding off Claremont-M-S by under a tenth of a second.  Ray Ray Roberson (Albuquerque, NM), Williams Jr., KamRon Perry (San Jose, Calif.), and Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels (Sacramento, Calif.) would win with a time of 3:28.12 edging the Stags (3:28.93). 

Roberson was also big in the 400m placing 2nd with a time of 50.74.  In the 400mH, Yitayew and Eli Bedford (Los Angeles, Calif.) would go 2-3 with times of 58.62 and 59.44, respectively.  In other events, Rogers took 3rd in the High Jump (1.75m), Miguel Redmond (San Jose, Calif.) took 2nd in the Pole Vault (4.45m), Adrien Perez (Pico Rivera, Calif.) took 4th in the Shot Put (11.84m), and Somaan Iqbal (Bakersfield, Calif.) would go 3rd in the Javelin (45.80m).    

Whittier returns to action to take part in the Pomona Invitational tomorrow, Saturday, April 7.