Photo by: Kristin Summers
CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Track & Field team opened up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play over the weekend taking part in SCIAC No. 1 with head to head match-ups against Pomona-Pitzer, Occidental College and Chapman University.
The Purple & Gold managed to beat Chapman 86-59 but couldn't gain any ground with Pomona-Pitzer (112-51) or Occidental (92-59).
Across the day the Poets battled the rain but were able to take home seven first place finishes.
Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels (Sacramento, Calif.) started off the scoring winning the 200m (22.91) before finishing 2nd in the 100m with a time of 11.30. Cooper Tirado (Kupolei, HI) joined him on the podium grabbing top honors in the 400m with a time of 50.47.
In the distance, Benjamin White (Whittier, Calif.) won the 5000m beating the 2nd place finisher by almost :25 seconds. He posted a top time of 15:28.26. Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) impressed in his two individual events winning the 110 High Hurdles with a 16.10 before taking top marks in the High Jump with a mark of 1.70m. Craig Rogers (Whittier, Calif.) joined him in both events and pushed him. Rogers took 2nd in the 110 High Hurdles falling by just two seconds with a 16:12 before finishing in a tie for top marks in the High Jump (1.70m).
Garrett Silva (Whittier, Calif.) had a nice day in the Pole Vault finishing 2nd with a mark of 3.97m. Then to round out other scoring was the 4x100 Relay Team of Williams Jr., Michael Badillo (Brea, Calif.), Tirado, and Pridgen-Daniels who went 43.89, which was good to win top marks.
Other notable participants on the day included Myles Malone (Prince Georges County, MD) in the Long Jump (6th – 5.91m), Gabriel Contreras (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the Shot Put (5th – 11.57m) and Discus (33.25m), and Somaan Iqbal (Bakersfield, Calif.) in the Javelin (35.05m).
Whittier returns to competition this Saturday, March 9 when the distance runners compete in the Oxy Distance Carnival, hosted by Occidental College.