Women's Track & Field: Sagehens Conclude SCIAC Championship With Four First-Place Finishes

Women's Track & Field: Sagehens Conclude SCIAC Championship With Four First-Place Finishes

CLAREMONT, CA. – The SCIAC Championship wrapped up on Sunday evening with the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Track & Field Team seeing a handful of remarkable results after the meet. The Sagehens secured a podium spot in every final event they qualified for and finished fourth at the meet with 100 points. The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas won the SCIAC Championship with 150 points.

"We had a terrific championship meet," said Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "We were hoping to be one of the top-four teams in the conference and we were. We actually out-scored our predicted point total. We had tons of strong individual performances with four individual titles won by our athletes and three more All-SCIAC finishes. It was real pleasing to see how the team came together and supported each other through the meet."

Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong wrapped up her phenomenal SCIAC Championship meet with three podium finishes, including two first-place appearances, accumulating 26 of the team's 100 points. The junior set the Sagehens record in the 100 Meter Hurdles final, clocking at 14.46 seconds for a third-place finish. She also won the High Jump with a mark of 5-3.75 (1.62m) and the Triple Jump at 38-7.75 (11.78m).

"Vicky worked extremely hard and she's an extraordinary athlete," said Coach Reynolds. "Earlier this week she talked about how the three events was in and how she wanted to win all of them. That's a special athlete who has that mentality to go to a Championship meet for multiple events and try to win all of them."

A day after winning the 10,000 Meter Run on Saturday, Lauren Hamilton finished in second place in the 5,000 Meter Run with a time of 17:55.10. Her teammate Helen Guo took the top position at 17:50.14.

"Heading into this race, Lauren and I wanted to see what we could do," said Helen Guo after the race. "We knew Lauren ran the 10K last night, so weren't sure what was going to happen today. But I was just going to lead the first three laps and then see what we had to do at the end, whether it's speed up or keep the pace. We both sped up and finished with the best-case scenario."

"The 10K definitely took more out of me than I thought it would," said Lauren Hamilton. "But I just knew I had to go out deal with the 5K like I did with the 10K. I knew I was tired, but I tried my best and whatever happened I knew was going to be ok with the result."  

"She's a trooper," Guo added.

Quin Fraley continued her impressive first year campaign with a second-place finish in the 400 Meter Dash, clocking at 57.59 seconds, just .35 seconds behind winner Jade Griffin of La Verne. She also anchored the Sagehens' 4x400 Meter Relay team, working alongside Tessa Fujisaki, Sophie Richards, and Rosie Linkus to a second-place finish at 4:00.04.

First year Linkus also had a strong showing in her SCIAC Championship debut, placing second in the 800m Run at 2:16.63, 3.31 seconds behind winner Anahy Covarrubias of Whitter College.

"The athletes that are continuing on will keep doing what they've been doing all season," said Coach Reynolds. "We do back off the workload and try to do all the right things you need to do for national qualifying athletes."

Up Next: The Sagehens will send a handful of their athletes to the Occidental Invite on Saturday, May 11 in hopes of improving their marks to qualify for the National Championship.