Field and distance events have Stags and Athenas out in front after Day 1 of SCIACs

Field and distance events have Stags and Athenas out in front after Day 1 of SCIACs

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Through 12 events scored – six men's and six women's – both Claremont-Mudd-Scripps track & field teams have a lead after the first day of the SCIAC Championships on April 29 at Occidental's Bill Henry Track, behind the strength of field events and distance running.

The Athenas are in first with 57 points, followed by Occidental (39), while the Stags are in first with 84 points, followed by Occidental (42). On the first day, CMS had four individual titles, two from the women (10,000 meters and shot put) and two from the men (long jump and discus).

The Stags are going after the program's 23rd SCIAC title while the Athenas are competing for their 15th conference championship.

Senior Bridget Blum (CMC) in the 10,000 meter finals (37:41.36) edged out Occidental's Melina Downey (37:47.54) for first place to capture the first SCIAC championship of the day for the Athenas.

With a mark of 43-06.00 (13.26m) junior Vaiva Palunas (SCR) broke her previous CMS record (13.22m) in the shot put to win the individual title. The Athenas took three of the top four spots in the shot put.

In the 100 (11.98) and 200 prelims (24.87), sophomore Tyra Abraham (SCR) came less than one-tenth of a second from personal bests which in the case of the 100 is a CMS and SCIAC record and in the 200 is a CMS record.

In the long jump, Stag junior Cam Van (CMC) won the SCIAC title (7.01m, 23-00.00) with a personal best and freshman Eric Myers (CMC) came in third (6.48m, 21-03.25). Senior Alex Rich (HMC) added a SCIAC title of his own in the discus throw (45.12m, 148-00). Rich followed up his discus performance with a second place finish in the hammer throw (50.65m, 166-02).

In the finals of the 10,000 meters, junior Jesse Joseph (HMC) secured a podium finish (second) with a time of 32:00.36. The Stags took fifth through eighth as well to score points in the event.

Later, in the 3,000 meter steeplechase finals, sophomore J.P. Kiefer (CMC) took third (9:40.01) and the Stags also took fifth, seventh and eighth. In the pole vault finals, CMS took second, third and fourth, led by sophomore Michael Wagenveld (CMC) in second and junior Zane Bodenbender (HMC) in third, both with the same marks (4.41m, 14-05.50).

In the men's 200 meters preliminaries, freshman Corbin Bethurem (CMC) ran the fastest time (21.69) for a new personal best and in the 400 prelims, senior Evan Molineux (CMC) had the top time (1:54.23), setting both Bethurem and Molineux nicely for the finals.

In the preliminaries of the 1500, Molineux also finished in first (4:00.41) and the Stags swept the top three positions.

The second and final day of the SCIAC Championships gets underway with field events at 12:15 p.m. and running events at 5 p.m.

Day 1 Results

By Chris Watts
Director of Athletics Communication
Claremont McKenna College

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