Freshmen Highlight Sagehens Performance At Pomona-Pitzer Invitational

Freshmen Highlight Sagehens Performance At Pomona-Pitzer Invitational

Claremont, Calif. - Freshmen John Fowler, Corey Purcella (pictured) and Joe Knight all finished in the top seven in their respective events for the Sagehens Men's Track and Field team at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday at Strehle Track.

The Pomona-Pitzer Invitational features competitors from every division of college athletics, as well as unattached and postgraduate entries.

In fact, one of the winners at the event was Will Leer, a 2007 graduate of the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Track and Field program, who won the 1500 meters in 3:44.96 (after winning the event at the U.S. Track and Field Championships earlier this year).

Fowler ran a blistering pace in the 5000, finishing in 14:47.93, behind only a runner from NAIA Concordia (Cal.) and two from Division II UC San Diego. His time moved him into seventh place in Pomona-Pitzer history. Teammates Ben Girodias (14:59.69) and Alex Johnson (15:00.13) finished ninth and tenth to give the Sagehens three of the top 10 runners.

Purcella was a seventh-place finisher in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a personal best 9:35.85, placing tops among Division III participants. Knight, meanwhile, jumped 6-6.75 in the high jump for a new personal best as well, which was also best among Division III competitors, four inches higher than his closest Division III competition.

Titus VanHook had a strong race in the 100 meters, finishing with a 10.95 to place 19th overall (third in Division III), and becoming only the sixth runner in school history to break 11 seconds. His time now places him fifth all-time in Sagehens annals, .26 off the school mark of 10.69, which has held since Nate Kirtman set it in 1991.  

Greg Hook was 14th in the 400 with a 49.39, second in Division III, while Pryor Stroud broke four minutes in the 1500 (3:59.17) to finish 26th (first in Division III, edging out two runners from CMS).

Pomona-Pitzer returns to action in two weeks for the SCIAC Championships.