AZUSA, CA. – Two members of the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Track & Field Team successfully improved their national qualifying time on Wednesday evening, competing against top runners across the nation at Azusa Pacific University. Running under the lights at the 2019 Bryan Clay Invitational, junior Lauren Hamilton and frosh Lila Cardillo recorded exceptional 10,000 meter marks.
Running in the second heat, Hamilton placed fourth out of 33 entrants in a personal best of 35:43.98, while Cardillo – in her first effort at the 6.2 mile distance – clocked 36:52.48 for tenth place. Those times are second and fourth on the Pomona-Pitzer all-time lists, and also rank 8th and 18th on the current Division III National lists.
"Lauren and Lila ran tremendous races," said Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "Running 10k on the track requires a ton of mental grit, along with all the physical training, and these two are so, so tough. I was very impressed with their efforts tonight. Lauren's time will most definitely qualify her to Nationals, and Lila's time is superb for her first time doing this event. What great racing from both of them!"
Up Next: The Sagehens next compete in the SCIAC Championships at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28 starting at 2pm.