LOS ANGELES — The Occidental men's track and field 4x400m relay team broke the SCIAC Division III record, running 3:11.77 at the All on the Line Qualifier on Saturday.
The baton went from Gabriel Barrett-Jackson, to Nicholas Conklin, Hugh Pegan and Jeh Johnson for the second fastest time in the country so far this season, trailing only the team from Wis.-La Crosse (3:11.30).
Conklin, the newest member of the group, joined the three Oxy stars who are all expected to qualify as individuals for the NCAA Championship meet in Waverly, Iowa on May 26. Barrett-Jackson was an All-American in the 400m in 2015, Jeh Johnson is ranked No. 1 in the country in the 200m and Hugh Pegan was named the SCIAC Track Athlete of the Year two weeks ago.
Earlier this season Oxy's 4x400 team ran the fastest time in the country at that point in the season, going 3:13.15 at the Mt. Sac Relays with hurdle national qualifier Jesse Wong in for Conklin.
Brody Barkan had a big personal record in the 1,500m at 4:00.91.
On the women's side, Isabelle Dunne ran a personal record 62.72 in the 400m hurdles - putting her at second all-time in Oxy history and sixth in SCIAC history. It's also the 20th best mark in the country putting her right on the bubble to qualify for the NCAA Championships (top 22 athletes go in each event).
Dunne, just a sophomore, has been All-SCIAC in the 400m hurdles in each of her first two seasons.
Aria Blumm, a first year All-SCIAC distance runner, ran a personal record 4:49 in the 1,500m.