LOS ANGELES — After two days of competition at Occidental College's Bill Henry Track, the 2014 SCIAC Track and Field Champions have been decided.
Cal Lutheran won the overall women's championship and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won the overall men's championship.
SCIAC WOMEN'S RECAP
Overall SCIAC Champion: Cal Lutheran
SCIAC Championship Meet Winner: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Melissa Skiba and the Regals placed second at the meet and were able to hold off Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and La Verne just enough in the overall standings to take home top honors.
Skiba won the 800, the 1,500 and was the runner up in the 5K.
"I just wanted to do my best to get as many points as possible for our team," Skiba said. "It's really awesome. We have a lot of depth on our team and we've worked really hard… It's just nice to see it all pay off."
CMS was led by Ellyn Erving, the winner in the long jump and triple jump.
SCIAC WOMEN'S FINAL STANDINGS
Cal Lutheran 16
La Verne 14
SCIAC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MEET FINAL SCORES
Cal Lutheran 168.5
La Verne 158
SCIAC WOMEN'S EVENT CHAMPIONS
Women's Hammer: Deanna Doss, La Verne, 160-01
Women's Discus: Vaiva Palunas, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 127-04
Women's Pole Vault: Taylor Bernhard, La Verne, 11-0.25
Women's Long Jump: Ellyn Erving, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 18-10.0
Women's 3,000 Steeplechase: Allison Barnwell, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 11:02.92
Women's Javelin: Allie Hadley, Cal Lutheran, 139-10
Women's Shot Put: Paige Logan, Caltech, 41-05.00
Women's High Jump: Maddie Smith, Redlands, 5-05.75
Women's Triple Jump: Ellyn Erving, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 39-05.00
Women's 4 x 100 Relay: La Verne: Ebony Williams, Tiahna Gillon, Tanesha Spencer, Nicole Crutchfield (47.77)
Women's 1,500: Melissa Skiba, Cal Lutheran, 4:32.18
Women's 100 hurdles: Alison Smith, Redlands, 14.89
Women's 400: Hanna Tarleton, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 56.85
Women's 100: Tiahna Gillon, La Verne, 12.22
Women's 800: Melissa Skiba, Cal Lutheran, 2:15.24
Women's 400 hurdles: Amy Hollshwander, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 64.04
Women's 200: Lauren Rohach, Cal Lutheran, 25.19
Women's 5,000: Lenore Moreno, La Verne, 16:48.47
Women's 4 x 400: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps: Meg O'Keefe, Amy Hollshwander, Alexandra Arnett, Hanna Tarleton (3:55.70)
SCIAC MEN'S RECAP
SCIAC Champion: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
SCIAC Championship Meet Winner: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Evan Molineux led the Stags to its eighth SCIAC Championship in the last 10 years with wins in the 3,000 steeplechase and the 1,500.
His biggest thrill was winning the steeplechase with two teammates — Alex Lombardo and Bob Owlett — right behind him as they crossed the finish line 1-2-3 on Friday.
"When I turned around after I crossed the line and saw Alex and then Bob crossed the line, it gave me chills," Molineux said. "That was the best race I've been in. To win is great, but to win with your teammates, there's nothing better than that."
CMS came into the meet trailing Redlands by one point in the dual meet standings. The Stags needed to win the meet outright and have La Verne edge the Bulldogs.
SCIAC MEN'S FINAL STANDINGS
La Verne 13
Cal Lutheran 10
SCIAC MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MEET FINAL SCORES
La Verne 149
Cal Lutheran 87
SCIAC MEN'S EVENT CHAMPIONS
Men's Hammer: Sam Perrella, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 162-05
Men's Discus: Jorge Cervantes, Redlands, 146-07
Men's Triple Jump: Matt Wong, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 46-11
Men's High Jump: James Francis, La Verne, 6-05.50
Men's 4 x 100 Relay: La Verne: Nick Gonsalves, James Francis, Robert Oshodin, Chancise Watkins (40.84)
Men's 1,500: Evan Molineux, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 3:52.96
Men's 110 hurdles: Alex Jungsten, Whittier, 15.15
Men's 400: Chancise Watkins, La Verne, 47.25
Men's 100: Joey Colucci, Redlands, 10.68
Men's 400 hurdles: Bennet Kopperud, Pomona-Pitzer, 54.10
Men's 800: Paul Messana, Pomona-Pitzer, 1:52.13
Men's 200: Chancise Watkins, La Verne, 21.14
Men's 5,000: Jonathan Briskman, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 14:44.02
Men's 4 x 400: Redlands: Taylor Browning, Darren Centi, Antwain Morgan, Autson Tribble (3:15.50)
Men's Javelin: Matt Rehder, La Verne, 199-05
Men's Long Jump: Darron Usher, Redlands, 24-0.75
Men's Shot Put: Michael Bassette, Cal Lutheran, 51-03.50
Men's Pole Vault: Jason Nicholls, La Verne, 14-5.50
Men's 3,000 Steeplechase: Evan Molineux, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 9:35.21
SCIAC CHARACTER AWARDS WINNERS
Occidental's Kevin Cox, Redlands' Darron Usher and CMS' Ellyn Erving received the annual SCIAC Character Awards prior to Friday's running events. Cox and Usher split votes for the Dixon Farmer award and Erving won the Jennifer Stary award.
Farmer is a 1963 Occidental graduate. He was the 1961 NCAA 440-yard hurdles champion and a US national team member. Farmer then became the track coach and eventually athletic director at Occidental. Now he's a fixture at track meets across the country as a public address announcer and the unofficial voice of track and field.
Stary was a 1980 graduate of Pomona College and simply one of the best SCIAC athletes during its first years of women's competition. Decades later, her overall accomplishments remain unsurpassed. Stary tallied a conference record of 19 individual SCIAC titles.
WHAT HAPPENED ON DAY 1?
At his home venue, Occidental senior Kevin Cox led the long jump finals through five rounds with a personal-best leap of 23-feet, 8.75 inches.
But on his sixth-and-final attempt, Redlands' Darron Usher jumped 24-0.75, tying the best mark in NCAA Division III so far this year while earning the most exciting individual title of the day.
"My coach gave me a pointer at the end. He said, 'aim your feet at the end of the pit' and I that's all I focused on," Usher said. "It was a great feeling. That's the farthest I've jumped in my eight years of track and field."
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swept the podium in the 3,000 steeplechase, the only two running events that went final.
Allison Barnwell, Kaitlyn Spees and Caroline Willian took all three spots, scoring 24 to help the Athenas take a 64-45.50 lead over second-place Cal Lutheran on Day 1.
On the men's side, Evan Molineux, Alex Lombardo and Bob Owlett took the top spots for the Stags, scoring more than half of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' second-best team total of 39.
La Verne leads the men's competition with 44 points behind Matt Rehder's championship in the javelin and Jason Nicholls win in the pole vault.
Saturday's field events begin at 1 p.m. with the men's hammer and the women's javelin.
The Oxy track and field teams finished off their 2014 regular seasons on a high note over the weekend, claiming numerous ALL-SCIAC and nation-leading performances at the SCIAC Championships, hosted at Bill Henry Track.
Senior captain Kevin Cox led the way for the Tigers, opening up the meet with one of the most impressive performances of the two-day event on Friday. Cox led the long jump competition for five of the six total rounds after he uncorked a lifetime best of 23-8.75 on his first attempt. Cox was not bested until the final jump of the competition, when Redlands-rival Darron Usher put down a 24-0.75, the best mark in all of Division III. Still, Cox's mark ranks as the fifth furthest in the nation this season and all but guarantees a trip to the national championships.
Five other Oxy field event athletes also notched ALL-SCIAC performances on Friday to end a strong first day of events.
Stephen Nemeth had one of the breakthrough performances of the meet, surprising everyone with a second-place finish in the pole vault and a nearly one-foot personal best of 13-05.75.
Throwers Dalton Spinas and Andrew Clarey finished fourth and seventh in the shot put competition, launching throws of 46-02.50 and 43-01.75 respectively. Noah Winnick tallied a new lifetime best in the javelin with a mark of 154-03 and was good enough to sneak into the eighth and final ALL-SCIAC position.
Kimberly Orpinela grabbed the final ALL-SCIAC mark of the first day in the hammer throw, finishing seventh with a mark of 129-08.
The second day of the championships saw the Tigers place an ALL-SCIAC performer in each of the sprint events on both the men's and the women's sides.
Padron, Dalton and Johnson also joined Cox to put together the fastest Occidental 4x100 relay in recent memory. The quartet ran 41.25, the fourth fastest time in the nation so far, and finished second only to Division III leader La Verne.
Onyekachi Nwabueze was an ALL-SCIAC finisher in the 100-meter, taking fifth with a lifetime best of 12.51. She then came back with a third-place finish in the 200-meter, running .01 off her personal best, which she set in the preliminaries, at 25.64.
Jenny Quilty also finished ALL-SCIAC in the 200-meter, claiming fifth with a time of 26.10.
Ayana Foster took fifth in the 400-meter, running a solid time of 59.64. This finish gives Foster her fourth consecutive ALL-SCIAC honors in this race.
Rachael Hinkel was the only hurdler to score for the Tigers, finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles. She ran a time of 15.27, a lifetime best.
The women also had two scorers in the distance events, as Marnie Kinnaird and Mel Devoney both finished in the top eight in the 5000-meter. Kinnaird took sixth in her final SCIAC Championships, running 18:00.85 and Devoney finished in eighth at 18:11.32.
Colin Smith led the men's distance squad, grabbing a second-place finish in the 1500-meter. After winning his heat on day 1, Smith came back with a 3:53.84 in the finals to claim a personal best and ALL-SCIAC honors.
The Tigers host the annual Oxy Invite next Saturday.
Kevin Cox: SCIAC Dixon Famer Award, 2nd in Long Jump (23-08.75), 2nd in 4x100 (41.25)
Jonathan Padron: 2nd in 4x100 (41.25), 2nd in 100
Stephen Nemeth: 2nd in Pole Vault (13-05.75)
Colin Smith: 2nd in 1,500 (3:53.84)
Jeh Johnson: 2nd in 4x100 (41.25)
Kyle Dalton: 2nd in 4x100 (41.25)
Rachael Hinkel: 2nd in 100 hurdles (15.27)
Onyekachi Nwabueze: 3rd in 200 (25.64)
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