REDLANDS, CA. – For the first time in 27 years, the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Track and Field Team won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Championship. After competing in 20 different events over the course of two days, the Sagehens compiled 189 points at the meet to secure a first-place finish in the standings.
"It feels great. The credit goes to our group of athletes. These guys put in all of the work and show up day in and day out," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "I couldn't be more proud of this group of men. They set this goal in our very first meeting. I remember I even tried to get them to back it down to being the goal of top two, but the captains and seniors were adamant that the goal was to win. They proved everyone right this weekend."
The Sagehens dominated in the long distance events as seven runners from the program finished within the top-10 in the 5,000 Meter Run. Andy Reischling followed up his impressive 10,000m performance from last night with another first place finish, clocking in at 14:52.64. His teammates Nicholas Beatty and Owen Woo took second and third, respectively, at 15:08.09 and 15:08.90. Nathan Stringham took fourth at 15:13.17 and Hugo Ward took sixth at 15:18.66. Julian Degroot-Lutzner finished in seventh at 15:24.35.
Kellen Browning crossed in fourth place in the 1500m, timing at 4:02.17 while his teammate Peter Davis took seventh at 4:06.52. Over in the 800m, Carter Floyd was a second away from first, taking second at 1:52.77. Ian Emlet finished in fourth at 1:56.89 and Nathan Gallatin took sixth at 1:57.73.
In the Javelin, Calvin Aylward proved he had the strongest arm in the conference, taking first place at 188-03. Gallatin also earned points in the same event, taking seventh at 155-04. Theodore Bazakas took sixth in the Shot Put, posting a mark of 41-03.75.
Cal Neikirk put his athleticism on full display, taking second in the 110m Hurdles at 14.95 seconds and third in the 400 Hurdles at 56.09 seconds. He later competed in the high jump and took fifth place at 6-01.50. In the triple jump, Lucas White Moon took sixth at 44-01.50.
Over in the short distance events, the 4x100 Relay Team comprised of Alexander Bartone, Faraaz Rashidi, Ryan Abele, and Daniel Tamkin took third at 41.95 seconds, setting a new program record. Tamkin later took fifth in the 100m Dash at 10.93 while Rashidi followed in sixth at 10.94. Ryan Abele took fifth in the 200m Dash at 22.38 and Tamkin again competed, taking seventh at 23.16. In the final event of the day, Bartone, Gallatin, Floyd, and Abele competed in the 4x400 Relay and took seventh at 3:23.87.
"I think that we have a great culture within our program that helps to cultivate success in all areas and all events," said Carpenter. "The attitude on this team was that everyone needed to contribute for us to succeed, not simply one event group or individual. This was truly a team triumph, as we scored points in 19 of 20 events. I think this shows that we are more than just a team of great distance runners, but we are a great track and field team."
Up Next: The Sagehens will compete again in Occidental Invitational to give their athletes opportunities to improve their national times to qualify for the NCAA Championship. The Invite will be held on May 12.