LOS ANGELES, Calif. (April 17, 2010) – More than half of the combined men’s and women’s track and field teams recorded personal or seasonal best performances today as Occidental College completed a phenomenal Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference quad meet at the Bill Henry Track today. The host Tigers were 2-1 for both men’s and women’s teams as Oxy hosted Cal Lutheran University, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer in a great preview meet for SCIAC Championships to be held April 30 and May 1.
The men’s squad defeated both CLU (92-70) and PP (103-60) but fell to CMS (46-117).
Leading the pack today was sophomore Thomas Cahuzac who had a huge personal best in the 400 meters for the second week in a row. He shattered the vaunted 50 second barrier for the first time with a 49.65 clocking. Cahuzac then backed up his break through performance with a 49.7 split on the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay. The other three members of that relay team also had fantastic days. The team was led off by first year Avery Mainardi who split a 51.2 on his leg of the relay. Earlier in the day Mainardi improved his lifetime best in the 800 meters by over five tenths of a second, crossing the line in 1:56.47, which was nearly four seconds faster than his high school best a season ago. Senior Jon Wheeler also doubled in the 800 meters and 4x400. Wheeler started his day off with a huge lifetime best in the 800 meters finishing in 1:55.57, which was five tenths of a second improvement over his personal best performance, established last week, and a two second improvement over his lifetime best from last spring. Wheeler then came back to split a life time best of 49.8 on the third leg of the relay. The 4x400m relay team was anchored by sophomore Will Moseley who also turned in a huge life time best of 48.8 to bring the team across the line in 3:19.89. Moseley also ran a seasonal best of 1:55.58 in the 800 meters earlier in the afternoon.
Sophomore distance runner Eric Kleinsasser surpassed his personal best in the 1500 meter run for the second week in a row finishing up in 4:03.57 to place second. Kleinsasser was third in the 5000 meter run, crossing the line in 15:15.00.
In the field, David Minguez won the pole vault, with a clearance of 14’6”. Minguez went on throw the third longest javelin distance of the day at 142’1”. Sam Huie won the triple jump by nearly two feet with a leap of 44’11.75” and placed second in the long jump (21’4”).
On the women’s side, the Tigers finished with victories over CMS (89.66-73.33) and PP (119-43) but dropped a heartbreaker to Cal Lutheran, falling 79-84.
The highlight of the hurdling day, was once again senior captain Karuna Batcha who completed her 100 meter hurdles race in a new personal record and Occidental School Record time of 14.88. With a busy day, competing in five events, Batcha produced a fantastic performance in the 100 meter dash, shaving .45 seconds off her previous personal best to finish fourth overall in a time of 13.02.
Sophomore hurdler Lauren Johnson set personal records in both the 100 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles with 16.10 and 66.86 clockings, respectively. Johnson’s 400 meter hurdles performance was the ninth fastest time in Occidental history. Junior hurdler Adrienne Daniels also had a 100 meter hurdles PR crossing the line in a 16.12 seconds.
Quarter mile studs, Meghan Fruth and Libby Mislan both had gigantic lifetime best performances in the 400 meter dash crossing the line in 58.00 and 58.47, respectively. Both women later returned to run seasonal bests in the 200 meter race, running 26.45 and 26.35, respectively.
Winning the 800 meter run, sophomore Claire Larson clocked an incredible new lifetime best of 2:14.00 in her race, which currently ranks her ninth in Division III.
Distance runner Meghan Whalen also had a good day running a new personal best in the 1500 meter with a time of 4:50.94, shaving off nearly three seconds from her previous best performance. Grace Peck won the 5000 meter run by more than 10 seconds, running in 18:16.78.
Oxy went 1-2 in the 3000 meter steeplechase with Tara Saxena and Moe Kishida teaming up to run in 12:08.15 and 12:17.61, respectively.
In the field, Oxy pole vaulters Sara Hooker and Lisa Warner each cleared 10’6” to tie for second. Transfer Kelly Young won the javelin with a throw of 131’0” after placing second in the shot put (39’3.75”), third in the discus (119’7”) and third in the hammer (149’2”).
The women finished the meet off with a new seasonal best for the 4x400 meter relay team, as Larson, Mislan, Phoebe Merritt and Fruth combined to run a 4:00.86.
In taking down CMS, the women achieved a feat that has not been accomplished by any other Oxy Track and Field team since 1991.
Overall during the dual-meet season the women’s team posted a 6-1 record and sits tied atop the standing with both the University of Redlands and CLU. The men completed their dual meet schedule with a 5-2 record, leaving them as the third seed entering championships.
Final conference team standings will be
determined at the 2010 SCIAC Championships hosted at Pomona-Pitzer.
Prelims are scheduled for Friday April 30th and finals will be held
on Saturday May 1st.