Hook Finishes Third In 400 To Lead Sagehen Men

Hook Finishes Third In 400 To Lead Sagehen Men

Claremont, Calif. - Greg Hook was third in the 400 meters out of 45 competitors to highlight the Sagehens Men's Track and Field team's performance at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday at Strehle Track.

Hook came in with a time of 49.52 to win his flight, making him one of only eight runners to break 50 seconds. He finished behind only Kevin Curbelo of Whittier and Chancise Watkins of La Verne, as the SCIAC had the top three finishers.

Alex Johnson had a strong showing in the distance events, coming in sixth in the 5000 meters with a 15:10.89 out of 62 competitors, beating his personal best by five seconds. The Sagehens had four in the top 20, as Alex Johann (15:22.63) was 14th, Pryor Stroud (15:25.45) came in 16th and Paul Balmer was 18th (15:26.37), with all four setting personal bests.

Dom Reinhold set a personal best in the 1500 meters with a 4:10.32, trimming almost five seconds off his personal best, while Scott Humbarger finished with a 4:14.35 to knock four seconds off his best time. Rob McElwaine came in with a 52.55 in the 400 meters to set a personal record in that event as well.

In the field events, Garret Bell led the way in the shot put for the Sagehens with a 36' 9 1/2" throw, followed closely by Matt O'Connor at  36' 2 1/4". Bell also set a personal best in the hammer throw with a 117' 1", exceeding his previous best by nine feet. Peter Ianelli threw the javelin 160' even to come in 14th in that event, while Chris Garnatz set his personal best in the discus with a 125' 11", exactly six feet further than his prior standard.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action for the SCIAC Championships in two weeks.