CLAREMONT, Calif. – The two 4x400 Relay teams and distance runners Benjamin White (Whittier, Calif.) and Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.) all took part in the Bryan Clay Invitational (Mt. SAC/APU Relays) over the weekend representing the Whittier College Track & Field teams.
White started the invite off on Thursday evening in the 10,000m and was on a record pace but unfortunately had to withdraw due to a hip injury. Covarrubias then ran in the 800m on Friday evening and posted a time of 2:15.02, which placed her 85th overall in the field.
Then on Saturday the records fell. The Men's 4x400 relay team got things going consisting of Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels (Sacramento, Calif.), Mason Gaw (Redlands, Calif.), Cooper Tirado (Kupolei, HI), and Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) They posted a time of 3:20.76, which now ranks them No. 1 in SCIAC and No. 1 in the West Region.
Capping off the day was the Women's 4x400 Relay team of Elizabeth Donnelly (Langley, WA), Gabriella Torres Joubert (Tacoma, WA), Tiazha Hogue (Redlands, Calif.), and Elyse Espe (Wishon, Calif.). They set a new Whittier College school record running to a time of 3:53.23, which shattered the previous record of 4:01.54, which was posted last year in 2018 (E. Apodaca, E. Espe, T. Hogue, A. Covarrubias). This time now ranks them No. 1 in SCIAC, No. 2 in the West Region, and No. 3 in Division III. It also should be fast enough to qualify them for the National Championships.
Whittier is set to take part in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28. The two-day event will be hosted by Claremont-M-S.