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March 6, 2010

One point winner for women’ s track and field in sweep; Tigers’ men split

PASADENA, Calif. (March 6, 2010) – In the first Multi-Dual meet of the season the Occidental College Tigers women’s track and field team came home with a slim one-point, 82-81, victory over the University of Redlands and cruised past Caltech 143-20  to remain undefeated in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action today on the campus of Caltech. The men’s squad pulled out a 116-40 win over the Beavers, but fell to the Bulldogs, 117-45.

Leading the way for the women’s team was transfer Kelly Young who won a trio of events; the discus, javelin and shot put. Her toss of 118’02.75” in the discus blew the competitors out of the water. The second place thrower tossed the discus just over 88”, giving Young a win by more almost 30 feet. Young then hurled the javelin 128’9.25”, again winning by a huge amount (14 feet). The junior threw the shot put 39’6.25” to win by almost six feet. She then added a second place finish in the hammer throw (141’.75”).

Also earning first place finishes today for the Tigers were seniors Karuna Batcha and Grace Peck, sophomore Claire Larson and freshman Anna Kurnizki.

While Batcha won the 100m hurdles in 15.37, Peck won the 3000m Steeplechase by 10 seconds, completing the course in 12:01.77. Freshman Tara Saxena was third in the event for Oxy.

Larson completed the 800m dash in 2:20.32 with teammate Anna Dalton crossing the line in 2:23.62, placing third.

Kurnizki won her first collegiate track event by 54 hundredths of a second with a first place finish in the 400m hurdles. The cross-over volleyball player also placed second in the high jump, clearing a height of 4’9.75” to tie classmate Andrea Attenasio for second.

In the 1500m run a trio of Tigers placed 2-3-4 with Sadie Mohler leading the pack followed by Denali Hasley and Meghan Wahlen. Mohler was the only Tigers to run sub-five minutes, finishing in 4:58.94 behind 2009 cross country runner of the year Alicia Freese from Pomona-Pitzer.

For the men, senior Sam Huie earned top honors in the triple jump, leaping 43’02.50”, nearly two feet further than the second place finisher.

Also earning top honors today were Will Moseley and Mario Castillo, in the 800 m dash and 5000m run, respectively.

Moseley, who ran the 800 m dash in 1:57.40, was 21 hundredths of a second ahead of second place. Next in line was Oxy’s Jon Wheeler who ran the event in 1:57.69. Castillo won the 5000m race in 15:40.91 to earn his first collegiate track and field victory. He also ran cross country in the fall for the Tigers.

Mike Fox placed third in the 200m dash in 23.12.

The Tigers put three teams on the line in the 4x400m relay and their “A” team placed second to Redlands with a combined time of 3:25.25.

It will be a busy weekend for both teams as the Tigers host the Annual Oxy Distance Carnival on Friday, March 12 followed by a dual meet with Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at noon on the Bill Henry Track. The Tigers and Sagehens will begin a tradition, competing for a combined men’s and women’s trophy that will be shared by the schools and housed by the winning team each year.

Article by: Tracy Maple, Sports Information Director