LOS ANGELES, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Track & Field Team was busy this past weekend, sending a handful of athletes to compete at the Bob Larsen Distance Carnival at UCLA on Friday and having the rest of the team compete at the SCIAC Multi-Dual against University of Redlands and University of La Verne on Saturday.
Bob Larsen Distance Carnival
Danny Rosen had a spectacular showing at the Distance Carnival, taking first place in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase with a nation-leading time of 9:04.54. His time was fourth all-time in Sagehens' history. Julian DeGroot-Lutzner finished seventh in the race at 9:10.09 and posted the third-fastest time in Division III. His time was also the seventh-best in program history.
"We came to this meet with the goal of seeing some great competition and trying to run fast. I think we were successful in both of the regards," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "Danny continues to develop into one of the best steeplers in the country and proved he has the closing speed to win big races tonight closing down on three competitors in the final 100m to take the overall win. And then to have Julian close behind to run a huge lifetime best that will likely earn him his first trip the national meet was really special. Julian has been a leader for this program for some time and always brings a lot of energy (and jokes) to practice. I could not be happier to see him having this kind of success and having so much fun in the process."
In the 10000 meter race, the Sagehens finished as a pack as Daniel Hill finished eighth at 31:04.07 and Jeremy Adams followed right behind at 31:04.76. Hugo Ward took 10th at 31:06.42 and Nathan Stringham finished 11th at 31:52.55.
SCIAC Multi Duals
The Sagehens split their duals on Saturday, defeating La Verne but getting edged out by Redlands. Regardless, the Sagehens produced several impressive results at the meet.
"We made the decision to chase some national marks at outside meets this weekend with some of our distance group, this certainly made us a bit thin in many events at the conference meet," said Coach Carpenter. "Fortunately we were still able to come away with one win. Anytime you can take out a large portion of your top athletes and still be competitive in a meet like this really speaks to the depth of an event group and our track and field team as a whole."
On the field, Elliot Raskin won the Pole Vault with a mark of 14-7.25 (4.45m), posting the eighth-best mark in Sagehens' history. Evan Johnson finished second in the Pole Vault at 14-1.25 (4.30m) and also recorded personal bests in the Javelin (155-9, 47.48m) where he finished fourth and in the Triple Jump (41-2.5, 12.56m) where he finished fifth. Neel Karody had a solid showing in the long jump, posting a mark of 41-9.75 (12.74m) for a fourth-place finish. Nathan Gallatin took second in the javelin throw at 159-6 (48.63m).
Carter Floyd took first in the 1500 Meter Finals at 3:57.98 while Paul McKinley finished third at 4:02.23. Over in the 3000 Steeplechase, Owen Keiser placed second at 9:46.12 and Joe Hesse-Withbroe was third at 10:04.43.
Up Next: The Sagehens will return home to Strehle Track for the Pomona-Pitzer Invite on Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m.