GENEVA, OH. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's and Women's Track & Field teams were well represented in day one of a rainy NCAA National Championship as Calvin Aylward earned All-American honors in the Javelin Throw and Jessica Finn took 14th overall.
On the men's side, junior Calvin Aylward earned All-American honors as he took sixth place overall with a throw of 210-01 feet (64.04 meters). With that throw, Aylward earned back to back NCAA All-American honors as he finished fourth in last year's meet with a throw of 201-06.
Freshman Danny Rosen was also in action in day one as he qualified for the 3,000 meter Steeplechase final as he finished fourth in his heat with a time of 9:18.71 and will run in the Steeplechase finals on Saturday afternoon.
"The Coaching staff and I are extremely pleased with the performances today," said men's Head Coach Tony Boston. "Rosen overcame pre-race nerves to finish fourth in his heat. He was able to reserve energy, which should position him well for Saturday's final. Cal, now at his second NCAA Championship, remained poised under less than favorable conditions. Due to the heavy rains, his event delayed more than 80 minutes and had to cope with throwing javelin in the rain. He pulled out a big throw on his third and final prelim attempt and achieved his goal of becoming a two-time All-American."
On the women's side, junior Jessica Finn placed 14th overall in the Javelin Throw in her first ever NCAA Championship appearance. Finn took 14th place with her throw of 130-09 feet (39.86 meters).
"Jessica competed very well in her first trip to the National meet," said women's Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "She had such a terrifically superb spring season, and to top it off by finishing among the best throwers in the nation is so rewarding. We are very proud of her!"
The Sagehens will continue at the NCAA Championships tomorrow as Paul Messana will run in the 800 meter race.