LOS ANGELES — Megan Lang (Longmont, Colo.) and Deanna Dupuy (Newbury Park) both dropped 6 seconds off of their best 1,500 meter times, and the Occidental College women's track and field team went 1-2 in its multi-dual meet with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer at Bill Henry Track on Saturday.
Oxy beat the Sagehens 94-64, but lost to CMS 101-56, and to ULV 105-58, falling to 3-4 in SCIAC meets this season.
Lang finished the 1,500 in third (4:50.12) and Dupuy in fifth (4:56.50).
But the conditions and competition, on top of their head-turning personal improvement, was what was most impressive about their top five finishes. The two Oxy mid-distance runners lost to a pair of national qualifiers in CMS' Kelly Garton and Sara Mostatabi, and a multi-sport All-American in Pomona's Annie Lydens. With the temperature in the mid-to-upper 80s, it wasn't the best day for distance runs either.
"We were really proud of the way they just competed in an environment that was not conducive to running good distance times," Occidental track and field coach Rob Bartlett said. "And they did it against national caliber runners."
Kristina Gustovich (La Canada) was the most impressive Oxy athlete in the field events. The sophomore won the high jump, clearing 5.2.
"Kristina's been consistent this year and the coaching staff is certain that there is a big breakthrough coming her way," Bartlett said.
Marnie Kinnaird (Oak Park, Ill.) won the 5k (19:06.66) with ease toward the end of the day when the meet was already decided for the four participating teams.
Stephanie Scamman (Northridge), better known at Oxy as a starter on the women's basketball team, continues to improve in the 100 and show off some transferable athleticism. The junior shooting guard finished seventh overall, resetting her personal record by 1 second (13.17) just one month into her track career.
The Tigers are at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 14 in their last tune up before the SCIAC Championships at Redlands on April 27.