Junior Maya Weigel Sets National-Leading Mark In 5,000 Meter Run At Occidental Invitational

Junior Maya Weigel Sets National-Leading Mark In 5,000 Meter Run At Occidental Invitational
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Pomona-Pitzer's women's track and field team sent six individuals to the Occidental Invitational Saturday, with Maya Weigel's 5000 meter run highlighting the Sagehens' day. Weigel, a junior, ran 16:20.19 to set a 2016 national-leading mark and a Pomona-Pitzer school record — her third record this season after previously claiming the 1500m and 800m marks.
 
Weigel took third in the event behind Lauren LaRocco of Division I University of Portland and post-collegian Bradi Barrett. Weigel's time breaks the old school record of 16:42.65 set by All-American Alicia Freese in 2010. Weigel's mark is also the second-fastest ever in SCIAC and the sixth-fastest ever in Division III history.
Other Sagehens competing included senior Ailene Nguyen in the long jump (17-11.50), Jessica Finn in the javelin (129-2), Rhea Jayachandran in the 100 hurdles (15.39), Cybele Kappos in the hammer (96-2) and Abby Gardner in the steeplechase (11:54.82).
Weigel, Nguyen, Finn, and Jayachandran rank on the national lists, as athletes can post qualifying marks up to May 19. The top 22 women listed in each event will qualify to the National Championships, to be held May 26-28 at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.