SCIAC Champ Greenleaf Impressive in Pole Vault

SCIAC Champ Greenleaf Impressive in Pole Vault

LOS ANGELES — Oxy sophomore pole vaulter and defending SCIAC Champion Zach Greenleaf cleared 14-06 for the win in the event and the Tigers' sprinters were outstanding.

But the Occidental men's track and field team fell to Pomona-Pitzer without its full roster in the annual dual meet, 90-45 at Bill Henry Track on Saturday.

The Tigers lost the combined score 140-129, giving the Sagehens the annual banner.

Greenleaf, who cleared 14-11.50 at the SCIAC Championship last season, ran away with the competition early on and then jumped the bar straight up to 15-03, which would have been a lifetime best. He didn't clear it, but his 14-06 also would have won last year's SCIAC Championship.

Oxy defending 200m national champion and three time All-American Hugh Pegan cruised to an easy win in the 100m and ran a leg on Oxy's winning 4x100m. He went 11.19 in the 100m, followed by teammates Kyle Dalton in second at 11.25, Keane Collins in third at 11.34 and Chris Rom-Toribio in fourth at 11.38.

Collins, a first year from Seattle, also had a strong showing in the long jump, coming in second at 21-05.25 off of a short approach. 

Oxy's national qualifying 4x100m group of Toribio, Pegan, Collins and Dalton broke their own meet record with a 42.62.

Oxy was missing dual-sport athlete Austin DeWitz, who is finishing the season with the men's basketball team. The sophomore from Oregon City was a SCIAC scorer in the high jump, triple jump and 110m hurdles in his rookie season.

The Tigers were without four-time All-American sprinter Gabriel Barrett-Jackson, who is almost fully recovered from an injury he suffered at the end of his soccer season.

"Across both teams the sprinters, jumpers, and throwers got the 2017 season off to a good start," Oxy head coach Rob Bartlett said. "Although we lost the banner to Pomona-Pitzer for the year, it's early in the season and there were also many positives for us to take away. There were also a lot of things we were able to identify that we need to work on and improve in the coming weeks. I'm looking forward to watching the team commit to putting those things right at practice this week."

Next Meet: The Tigers are back in action on Feb. 18 at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet.

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