QUILTY, WALKER IMPRESSIVE AT SCIAC MULTI DUAL

QUILTY, WALKER IMPRESSIVE AT SCIAC MULTI DUAL
By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELES — The Occidental College women's track and field team swept the mid-distance and distance runs on Saturday, going 1-1 in its SCIAC multi-dual meet with Redlands and Whittier at Bill Henry Track on Saturday.

Claire Larson (Columbus, Ohio) won the 800 meters (2 minutes, 19.05 seconds), Megan Lang (Longmont, Colo.) took the 1500 (4:56.09) and Marnie Kinnaird (Oak Park, Ill.) was first in the 5K (19:02.71).

The Tigers (2-2 SCIAC) beat Whittier 99-53 and lost to Redlands 86-72.

But it was Sierra Walker (San Diego) coming in third in the 3,000 steeplechase and Jenny Quilty (Sheffield, Mass.) finishing second in the 200 that were probably Oxy's two most impressive races of the day.

Walker, who was just a few second behind Redlands' Emily Canales and La Verne's Andrea Acero, set a personal record, finishing the race in 11:41.53, the seventh best 3,000 steeple in Oxy history.

It's an impressive achievement, for the junior who's improved tremendously throughout her Oxy career.

"Sierra's probably one of the hardest and most dedicated athletes on this team and her recent improvement in cross country and track reflects that hard work," Occidental coach Rob Bartlett said.

Quilty, a freshman, was able to earn the second best mark in her event despite struggling with a foot injury that's hampered her training.

"Jenny's been dealing with a foot injury but she's still been able to push hard during training and is being rewarded with some tremendous midseason times," Bartlett said. "We're excited to see what the future holds for this young freshman."

Quilty wasn't the only female athlete impressing despite not having spent much time on the track. Stephanie Scamman (Northridge), who averaged more than six points per game for the 2011-12 championship Occidental women's basketball team, cut a half-second off of her time in the second 100 meter of her career.

Scamman decided she'd give track a whirl following hoops, and finished the 100 in 13.46, the fifth best time and her personal best.

Lauren Johnson (Chicago) and Kristina Gustovich (La Canada) were the other two Tigers to win their respective events.

Johnson was the top finisher in the 100-meter hurdles by nearly 2 second. Johnson went 15.82, with the next best finisher Ashley Lively of Redlands in 17.19.

Gustovich went 5-feet, 2-inches in the high jump, edging Redlands' Alexandra Blalock and Maddie Smith.

La Verne competed at the meet, but did not score against the Tigers.

Oxy has back-to-back weekends away form SCIAC competition at the Cal-Nevada Championships hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps before returning to SCIAC action on April 7 against La Verne, CMS and Pomona-Pitzer at Oxy.