Track & Field Posts Top Div. III Times at Rossi Relays

Track & Field Posts Top Div. III Times at Rossi Relays

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CLAREMONT, Calif. – A small contingent of athletes from the Whittier College Men's & Women's Track & Field teams took part in the Rossi Relays this past weekend.

Highlights from the meet included the women's 4x400 Relay team of Elyse Espe (Wishon, Calif.), Elizabeth Donnelly (Langley, WA), Julia Gonzalez (Yorba Linda, Calif.), and Tiazha Hogue (Redlands, Calif.) who finished 7th overall with a time of 4:05.79, while posting the fastest Division III mark. 

In the women's 4x100 Relay, Mariah Baker (San Gabriel, Calif.), Danielle Guardado (Covina, Calif.), Gonzalez, and Hogue went 9th with a 51.16.  Then in the women's Distance Medley, the team of Donnelly, Espe, Gabriella Torres Joubert (Tacoma, WA), and Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.) would finish 5th also posting the fastest Division III time.

Other scorers on the women's side included Jillian Weber (San Ramon, Calif.) and Caitlin Greenup (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) in the Long Jump who had marks of 4.69m and 4.63m, respectively. 

On the men's side, Garrett Silva (Whittier, Calif.) led the Purple & Gold placing 7th in the Pole Vault with a 4.56m.  He was the top collegiate finisher.  Freshman Daniel Differ (La Mirada, Calif.) joined him finishing 17th (3.66m).  The men's 4x400 Relay team of Cooper Tirado (Kupolei, HI), Michael Badillo (Brea, Calif.), Mason Gaw (Redlands, Calif.), and Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels (Sacramento, Calif.) posted an 8th place finish with a time of 3:29.23. 

Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) took part in the 400mH and went 12th with a 58.77 and the 4x800 Relay team of Kurt Vanegas (Riverside, Calif.), Gaw, Badillo, and Paul Trejo (Whittier, Calif.) took 5th overall with an 8:35.37.  The final scoring came in the 4x100 Relay with Eli Bedford (Los Angeles, Calif.), Tirado, Williams Jr., and Pridgen-Daniels finishing 10th with a 43.68.                          

Whittier now enters Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) competition this Saturday, March 2 when they take part in SCIAC No. 1, hosted by Pomona-Pitzer.