Sagehens Defeat Occidental, Maintain Banner

Sagehens Defeat Occidental, Maintain Banner

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's and Women's Track and Field teams combined for a 152-123 win over Occidental in their season-opening dual meet on Saturday afternoon at Strehle Track. 

The Sagehen women won their half of the dual 85-50, while Occidental's men earned a narrow 73-62 win. There was also one mixed relay event, won by the Sagehens, who improve to 3-2 all-time in the annual dual meet with Occidental, after the Tigers won the first two editions in 2010 and 2011 (last year's was rained out).    

Junior Ailene Nguyen picked up where she left off from a year ago with a ninth place finish at nationals in the long jump, winning both the 100 meters and the long jump. Her 12.36 was an extremely fast opening run in February.

Sophomore Kaile Sauro won the 100-meter hurdles and got second in the high jump (4-7) and ran a strong leg of the winning 4x400m relay. Senior Ellen Yamasaki won the discus (107-4), took second in the shot put (29-6) and hammer (103-9) and javelin (102-1) for a strong all-around day of throwing. Junior Alice Timken was first in the shot put, and senior Erin Delaria added a first-place finish in the pole vault.  

In the relays, Lauren Collins, Kayla Paraiso, Stassja Sichko and Maya Weigel recorded the second-fastest time in program history in the distance medley (12:45.56), just 7 seconds off school record. Freshman Prisca Diala moved into third all time in the triple jump (36-1 1/4), while Jessica Finn moved into eighth in the javelin (117-00).

"This was a good early-season meet for us," said Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "It showed us that we can be a very good team, but we still have many things we need to work on. We'll see what happens at our home all-comers meet next week. Should be fun!"

On the men's side, Bennett Kopperud won the 110-meter hurdles and John Fowler finished first out of six in an all-Sagehens 3000.  Quinn Cassidy finished first in the pole vault and Alex Chong won the long jump and the triple jump. Freshman Calvin Aylward won the javelin in his first competition with a throw of 177-7, winning by 26 feet.  

The 4x1600 relay team of Adam Hathaway, Nicholas Beatty, Pryor Stroud and Paul Messana finished first, as did the same foursome in the distance medley.