Redlands, Calif. – Freshman Katie Barton ran a 63.86 in the 400-meter hurdles to come in third place at the SCIAC Track and Field championships on Saturday.
Barton's time trimmed almost two seconds off her previous best
(65.60, which she set 24 hours earlier in
Friday's prelims) and was the fastest for any Sagehen in
the 2000's. It moved her all the way into third place on
Pomona-Pitzer's all-time list, behind only record holder Eliza
Bonner (62.81 in 1987) and Larissa Yocum (63.68 in 1999), and also
placed her one spot higher than Barton's Sagehen hurdle coach
Natashia Harris, who ran 64.18 in 1998.
Barton was also sixth in the 100-meter hurdles earlier in the day, as she earned points in both events in her first SCIAC Championship.
Annie Lydens also earned a third-place finish for the Sagehens as she had a time of 17:44.71 in the 5000 meters, 18 seconds off the pace, as she was unable to defend her title. Lydens broke 17 minutes in her best time last year and had a 17:06 when she finished second at the 2011 NCAA Championships, but she's coming off of foot-surgery after cross country season (when she finished third at nationals) and had not broken 18 minutes yet this spring before the SCIAC Championships.
Dot Silverman also had an outstanding race for the Sagehens in the 800 meters, coming in fifth place with a 2:21.05. Alex Oxborough-Yankus was the top performer in the field events, finishing seventh in the javelin with a throw of 108 feet, four inches.
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action next weekend at Occidental as Lydens, Barton and others will try to earn NCAA qualifying times.