WAVERLY, IOWA -- The Pomona-Pitzer men's track and field team had three athletes compete in the finals of the NCAA National Championships and came away with an All-American finish as sophomore Calvin Aylward placed fourth in the javelin throw. Senior Corey Purcella placed 11th in the 3000 meter steeplechase and senior John Fowler took 19th in the 5000 meter run.
The Sagehens' only All-American performance came from Aylward in the javelin throw competition with his fourth place throw of 201-06 feet. Aylward qualified for the NCAA Finals with the eighth best throw in Division III at 204-6 feet, which is second all-time in Pomona-Pitzer program history. He earned his first All-American and All-Region selections this season and also earned All-SCIAC honors as he took first place in the javelin throw.
Purcella finished just outside the top-10 in the steeplechase in 11th place with his time of 9:31.97. Purcella earned his trip to finals with a 10th place finish in the preliminary race on Thursday afternoon. He earned All-West this season in the steeplechase and in the 10,000 meter run as well.
Fowler finished in 19th place in the 5000 meter run with his time of 15:23.55. Fowler earned All-West region for the second-straight year for the 5,000 meter run. Fowler came in with the fourth fastest time in Division III this season with a time of 14:13.25 and took first place at the SCIAC Championship meet while setting the all-time SCIAC and Pomona-Pitzer program record in the 5,000 meter run.
"I'm really proud of how our guys went out and competed," said Head Coach Robert Neely. "They definitely left it all out there. The highlight was Cal getting fourth. He performed like a veteran even though it was his first nationals experience."