Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com
WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's and Women's Track & Field teams wrapped up the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) dual meets Saturday hosting SCIAC No. 3 at Memorial Stadium.
At the conclusion of the events the Purple & Gold finished 2-1 on the day with victories over La Verne and Caltech and their lone loss coming against Redlands. On the year the ladies finished 4-4 in dual matches and the men 3-5.
Prior to the meet Head Coach Robert Neely recognized his four seniors who were leaving the program. They included Sheila Sampson (Granada Hills, Calif.), Somaan Iqbal (Bakersfield, Calif.), Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.), and Esmeralda Martinez (Pomona, Calif.).
Freshman Gabriella Torres Joubert (Tacoma, WA) led the Poets on the women's side. She posted a lifetime best in the 400m with a time of 59.09, which won the event. She now ranks No. 4 in the Whittier College record books, No. 4 in SCIAC, and No. 7 in the West Region. Joining her in the event was Julia Gonzalez (Yorba Linda, Calif.) who took 3rd with a time of 1:02.06. She then returned in the 4 x 100 relay with the team of Gonzalez, Tiazha Hogue (Redlands, Calif.), and Danielle Guardado (Covina, Calif.) finishing 2nd with a time of 49.95, which beat the school record, previously held back in 2009. It was also a lifetime best and currently ranks No. 6 in SCIAC and No. 9 in the West Region.
In the sprints, Hogue took 4th in the 100m with a time of 12.68 and Elizabeth Donnelly (Langley, WA) going 6th in the 800m (2:29.03). Then in the Hurdles Elyse Espe (Wishon, Calif.) took care of business finishing 2nd in the 400mH (1:03.88) and 6th in the 100mH (16.53). In the distance, Covarrubias shined in her main event winning the 1500m by over three seconds posting a time of 4:54.68. In the 5000m freshman Jeanie Cox (Chino Hills, Calif.) performed well grabbing big points for the Poets taking 3rd with a time of 20:14.24. Kelsi Ikeda (Honolulu, HI) took part in the 3000m Steeplechase and posted a strong 4th place finish with a time of 13:02.24.
In the field events, Sampson took 2nd in the High jump with a mark of 1.35m. Melissa Tobias (Norwalk, Calif.) posted a 2nd place finish in the Pole Vault (2.60m) and in the jumps Caitlin Greenup (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) went 5th in the Long Jump (4.82m) and 2nd in the Triple Jump (10.59m). Throwers Sabrina Van Beek (Atascadero, Calif.) and Vanessa Martinez (La Mirada, Calif.) picked up major points in the Shot Put going 1st (11.90m) and 2nd (11.55m) respectively. They then went 3-4 in the Discus with marks of 35.16m and 29.46m and then 2-3 in the Hammer Throw (38.37m & 36.12m). The final points for the Poets came in t he Javelin from freshman Jillian Weber (San Ramon, Calif.) who won the event with a throw of 34.33m.
On the men's side they started off hot in the sprints with Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels (Sacramento, Calif.) taking 1st in the 100m with a time of 11.02. Cooper Tirado (Kupolei, HI) followed in the 200m with a time of 22.15 that gave him 2nd place recognition and then returned in the 400m, his main event winning the event with a time of 48.80, two seconds faster than the second finisher.
In the 800m, Whittier went 6-7-8 from Paul Trejo (Whittier, Calif.) (2:08.12), David Del Carmen (Huntington Beach, Calif.) (2:08.60), and Kurt Vanegas (Riverside, Calif.) (2:09.21). Then in the hurdles, Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) took over winning the 110mH with a time of 15.70. He was joined by junior Craig Rogers (Whittier, Calif.) who took 2nd with a time of 15.83. Eli Bedford (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Rogers went 5-6 in the 400mH and Del Carmen took 4th in the 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 10:38.47.
Rounding out the sprints were the relays. The team of Iqbal, Tirado, Williams Jr., and Pridgen-Daniels took 2nd in the 4x100 Relay with a time of 42.43. Williams Jr. picked up big points in the jumps winning the High Jump with a mark of 1.75m and then took 4th in the Long Jump (6.11m). Garrett Silva (Whittier, Calif.) did it again in the Pole Vault winning the event with a mark of 4.55m. He is in prime position to earn a berth into the NCAA Division III National Championships proving to be one of the top pole vaulters in the conference.
In the throws, Shazel Sakr (Montebello, Calif.) had a 4th place finish in the Shot Put with a throw of 12.22m. He also added a 5th place finish in the Discus (35.55m) and 5th in the Hammer (32.66m). He then wrapped up his day in the Javelin, his main event posting a 2nd place finish with a throw of 43.02m. He was joined by Pridgen-Daniels who went 42.78m, finishing 2nd overall.
Whittier has started preparations for the Mt. SAC/APU Invite set for this Saturday, April 20. They will be hosted at Mt. San Antonio College.