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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women'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 32 athletes for the lone indoor meet of the season and saw a number of breakout performances.
Tiazha Hogue (Redlands, Calif.) got the Poets off and running in the 60 Meter placing 14th with a time of 8.43. She returned in the 200 Meter placing 12th (27.30) and was followed closely by Elyse Espe (Wishon, Calif.) who went 15th with a 27.56. Espe had a nice performance in the 400 Meter racing to a 5th place finish with a time of 1:01.25, while freshman Julia Gonzalez went 13th (1:05.23). A trio of Poets put out a strong effort in the 600 Meter. Elizabeth Donnelly (Langley, WA) took 3rd with a 1:42.38, Chelsea Connelly (Brea, Calif.) went 4th (1:44.60) and Megan Summers (Martinsburg, VA) rounded out the group in 6th (1:54.89).
The 4x400 Relay team of Espe, Hogue, Donnelly, and Gonzalez ran unopposed posting a time of 4:24.48. Sheila Sampson (Granada Hills, Calif.) got her first action in the High Jump going 11th with a mark of 11.40m. Caitlin Greenup (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) led the Long Jumpers finishing 8th with a mark of 4.85m and was joined by freshman Jillian Weber (San Ramon, Calif.) who finished 11th (4.66m).
Greenup returned in her second event, the Triple Jump, finishing 4th (10.31m) with Weber coming in a near 5th with a mark of 10.07m. In the shotput, freshman dual sport athlete Vanessa Martinez (La Mirada, Calif.) showed off her strength taking 2nd with a throw of 11.63m. Then to round out the scoring, Sabrina Van Beek (Atascadero, Calif.) (12.96m), Martinez (10.80m), and Sasha Rojo (Albuquerque, NM) (9.77m) went 3-4-5 in the Weight Throw. Van Beek was the highest scoring Division III athlete in the event, getting beat out by two unattached professional athletes.
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.