Oxy track teams beat Whittier, lose to La Verne

Oxy track teams beat Whittier, lose to La Verne
By Sean Lee
Sports Information


CLAREMONT – The Occidental College track and field teams traveled to Claremont on Saturday for their first SCIAC Multi-Dual of the season and split the meet, with both the men and the women beating Whittier and losing to La Verne.

Captain Charlie Sauter (Oakland) led the way for the men, winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:37.32 minutes and adding a fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles.

"Charlie put in a real captain's performance today," Oxy coach Rob Barlett said. "His steeplechase was extremely impressive and the ease of with which he was able to run within eight seconds of his lifetime best bodes very well for the rest of the season.

Jesse Wong (San Mateo) came in first in the 400 hurdles with a time of 56.26 seconds. Sauter placed fourth in the event, posting a time of 59.42 seconds.

Noah Winnick (Claremont) posted three top-six finishes in discus, shot put and hammer. The freshman threw an impressive 38.00 meters in hammer throw and finished third in the event.

Kevin Cox (Sedona, Ariz.) pulled off a 6.73-meter long jump in his fourth attempt to place second in the event behind La Verne's Paul Turner, who managed a 7.09 meters.

The women were anchored by seniors Deanna Dupuy (Newbury Park), Brooke Staton (Clarksville, Md.) and Hailey Mayer (San Diego).

Distance runner Dupuy posted a pair of top-four finishes, crossing the finish lines at 4:56.29 minutes in the 1,500 and 2:24.39 minutes in the 800.

Mayer and Staton came in third and fourth respectively in the triple jump. Mayer went 10.37 meters in her last attempt and Staton jumped 10.14 meters in her second try. Staton also leapt 5.12 meters in the long jump to finish second.

Junior sprinter Ayana-Malkia Foster (Oakland) led the way for the sprinters. Foster finished fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.88 minutes and added a top-10 finish in a crowded 100 field (27.28 seconds)

"Ayana was a leader for our women sprinters today," said Barlett. "Her performance suggest she'll be contending for a top three SCIAC finish come the end of April.

Kimberly Orpinela (Eagle Rock) added two top-five performances for the women in shot put (9.63 meters) and discus (29.41 meters).

"We had solid day today with both some highlights and disappointments," Bartlett added. "We'll use this first SCIAC meet of the season as a learning experience and come back stronger in our next scoring conference meet on March 23."