Split The Banner In Half: Sagehen Track Teams Tie Occidental

Split The Banner In Half: Sagehen Track Teams Tie Occidental

Los Angeles, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Track And Field teams met Occidental in an annual dual meet played out over two weekends and the two programs came away with a 142-142 tie.

The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Track and Field team eked out a 76-73 win after Friday night's Distance Carnival at Occidental, while the Tigers Men's Track and Field team made up the three-point difference with a 69-66 win.

The two programs compete every year for a banner in the dual meet, with the winner combining the scores of both the men and the women. Due to this year's tie, Pomona-Pitzer will keep the banner for the first six months, and then return it to Occidental for the next six months.

"There was some talk of having the coaches race a lap to break the tie," said Women's Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "But Coach Bartlett at Oxy still has a lot of spring in his legs. (Men's Coach) Tony Boston and I would have had our hands full trying to catch him -- even if we each ran half a lap. We're happy with the tie."

On the women's side, Roxanne Cook battled strongly for win in her 800m heat, finishing second in a time of 2:25.39 to the Univ. of La Verne's Yanet Urciaga, who clocked 2:25.30 (race pictured).

Leslie Canter was the top Sagehen finisher in the 3000 meter Steeplechase with a time of 12:00.48, which puts her second in Pomona-Pitzer history, just four seconds off the school record. Claire Brickson was the top Sagehen in the 5000 meters with a time of 18:37.88.

"We ran well tonight in great distance running conditions," said Pomona-Pitzer Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "I thought Roxy and Stassja ran aggressively in both of their races, and I was impressed with Claire's 5k race. Roxy gave a primal scream (pictured) in the homestretch of her race that will live in Sagehen infamy. We're looking forward to our upcoming SCIAC meet against CLU and Caltech where we hope to continue our recent improvements and successes."

On the men's side, the big story was Anders Crabo, who earned a time of 9:07.51 in the 3000 meter Steeplechase. That is easily the top time in NCAA Division III so far this year, 31 seconds faster than the second best time from Tyler Dudley of Whitworth. It was his second fastest time of his career.

Alex Johann also was the top finisher for the Sagehens in the 10,000 meters with a time of 32:04.39, the #9 mark in school history. Paul Balmer edged out Occidental's Will Hollingsworth for second in a close finish by exactly one second (32:34.58 to 32:35.58).