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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's & Women's Track & Field teams put together a strong showing at the third Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Dual Meet. Both teams combined to go 3-5.
For the men, they finished the day going 2-2 in head-to-head match-ups beating Chapman (122-28) and Cal Lutheran (93-63). Their two losses came against La Verne (99-63) and Occidental (121-41).
On the women's side, the Poets took out Chapman for their lone victory on the day winning 93-36. They lost to La Verne (83-62), Occidental (116-38), and Cal Lutheran (99-51).
The Purple & Gold had some big finishers on the men's side led by freshmen Benjamin White (Whittier, Calif.) and Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) who won the 5000m and 110mH with times of 15:30.85 and 15.92, respectively. Senior Miguel Redmond (San Jose, Calif.) joined them on the podium in the Pole Vault breaking his own school record going over the 15' barrier (15'03.5) to win the overall event. Ray Ray Roberson (Albuquerque, NM) followed with a 2nd Place finish in the 400m posting a time of 49.88 and Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels (Sacramento, Calif.) took home 3rd Place accolades in the 200m posting a time of 22.62. In the throws, Adrien Perez (Pico Rivera, Calif.) had a big PR in the Hammer going 117'11", which placed him 5th.
Then to cap off the day, the 4x400m Relay team of Jay Smith (Bellflower, Calif.), Roberson, Michael Badillo (Brea, Calif.), and Pridgen-Daniels would podium placing 3rd overall with a time of 3:24.71.
On the women's side, Melissa Tobias (Norwalk, Calif.) started the Poets off on the right foot placing 2nd overall in the Pole Vault with a mark of 9'6.25. Elyse Espe (Wishon, Calif.) followed with a new PR in the 400mH with a time of 65.08, which moves her to 2nd All-Time in the Whittier College record books. Tiazha Hogue (Redlands, Calif.) and Emily Apodaca (Whittier, Calif.) went 6-7 in the 200m. Hogue went 26.53 but it wasn't wind legal (2.2m/s), meaning her time wouldn't count for the record books (Would have been 5th). Apodaca though with her 26.92 moves her into 9th overall in the record books.
Freshman Sabrina Van Beek (Atascadero, Calif.) PR'd in the discus going 116'10", putting her on the podium in 2nd, while moving her to 6th All-Time. Then to cap off the day, the 4x400 Relay team of Apodaca, Espe, Hogue, and Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.) would set a new school record with a time of 4:02.26, which put them 2nd overall.
The final two that had major impacts in the point totals were seniors Julissa Tobias (Norwalk, Calif.) and Jessica Iribe (Buena Park, Calif.). Tobias won the 1500m with a time of 4:39.58, which was a season best. Iribe powered through the 5000m winning that event with a time of 18:14.26, beating the next closest finisher by almost two minutes.