Girodias, Fowler Have Strong Showing At Distance Carnvial

Girodias, Fowler Have Strong Showing At Distance Carnvial

Los Angeles, Calif. - Sophomore Ben Girodias (pictured) and freshman John Fowler finished neck-and-neck on either side of the 15:00 barrier in the 5000 meters to highlight the Pomona-Pitzer track team's performance at the Oxy Distance Carnival.

Girodias crossed the finish line in 14:59.01 to come in 27th place out of 130 competitors, while Fowler was right behind in 28th place with a 15:01.60.

Freshman Michael Cork was also very close to a significant barrier, as he ran a 2:00.03 in the 800 meters, finishing in 33rd out of 87 competitors. Dom Reinhold was 55th out of 144 in the 1500 with a time of 4:05.93, and Corey Purcella was 20th out of 47 in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a 9:48.95.

On the women's side, Stassja Sichko shattered her personal best in the 800 with a 2:23.27 to finish 20th out of 75. Claire Brickson was 44th out of an even 100 competitors in the 5000 (18:48.66).

The Distance Carnival wasn't the only event for the Sagehens on the weekend, as Isabelle Ambler and Sydney Rupe competed in the hepathlon at CSU Northridge. Ambler had 3054 points to rank seventh all-time in Pomona-Pitzer history, while Rupe had 2667 points.

The Distance Carnival also officially completed the dual meet between Pomona-Pitzer and Occidental, which was the fourth annual "Battle for the Banner". The Sagehens earned a combined 181 points (103 from the men and 78 from the women), while Occidental had 112.