LOS ANGELES. Calilf – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges claimed a third straight title, racking up 233 points at the 2016 SCIAC Championships, hosted by Caltech.
The Athenas won eight individual events, including a stretch of six in seven consecutive races, pairing their star power with enviable depth to post a second straight 100+ point victory. Freshman-laden Occidental College (124) survived a tight battle for the middle five spots, moving all the way up from sixth place just last year to second thanks to a slew of second- and third-place finishes. California Lutheran University (101.50) beat out Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (98), although the Sagehens tied with the University of Redlands (92.50) in the season standings once the dual meet points are factored into the equation (Redlands earned seven dual meet points while Pomona-Pitzer earned four; both finished with 19 on the season using the SCIAC's 25/75 distribution formula). The University of La Verne placed sixth with 86 points while Whittier College totaled 28 and Chapman University notched 10.
4x100 relay: The day began with a chaotic first event as top-seeded CMS was disqualified, while #4 seed CLU ran a 48.26 to win over La Verne and seventh-seeded Redlands.
1500: Pomona-PItzer's Maya Weigel ran a bit off her own SCIAC record at 4:28.01 but still separated from Bryn McKillop (CMS) with more than a lap to go, while Julissa Tobias (Whittier) placed third after posting the top qualifying time on Friday
110 hurdles: The top three from yesterday's qualifiers held as Alison Smith (Redlands) crossed the line in 14.54 ahead of CMS freshman Sabrine Griffith, who swapped positions with Sagehen Rhea Jayachandran.
400: Defending champion Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis (CMS) retained her title with the third-fastest time in DIII this season (55.50), with Kimmy Kabluyen (La Verne) and #2 seed Catherine Banobi (Pomona-Pitzer) joining her on the podium.
100: The Athenas' Tyra Abahraham clocked a SCIAC record 11.87 that was also the third-fastest time in DIII this spring for the victory. Amanda Hamilton (CLU) and Emma Yudelevitch (Oxy) swapped positions from qualifying.
800: Carmen Mejia (CMS) also successfully defended her title with a meet-record 2:12.85, beating out top-seeded Maya Weigel (Pomona-PItzer) and #4 seed Kaylee Jorgensen (Redlands)
400 hurdles: A sophomore trio stormed the podium as Carlie Burow (CLU) won in 1:03.18 with Isabelle Dunne (Oxy) and Rebecca Stewart (CMS) right behind her.
200: Abraham (CMS) completed the sprints double (24.94) just ahead of teammate Cameron-Lewis (CMS), while Hamilton (CLU) barely edged out Yudelevitch (Oxy) by .03.
5000: Bridget Blum of CMS notched a double in 17:34.68 along with her 10k title yesterday, with Oxy rookie Roxanne Valle and Brun McKillop (CMS) rounding out the podium.
4x400: Another two DQs shook up the middle portion of the standings, but this time CMS's title held thanks to a meet-record 3:50.53. Oxy took second as expected and the Leopards' quartet was ruled to have cut off another runner, leaving Pomona-Pitzer to jump onto the podium in third.
Hammer: CMS swept the podium as Emily Bassett (55.58m/182'4"), Vaiva Palunas and Nicole Laliberte decisively beat the field by more than 25 feet, with yet another Athena in Amanda Maheras placing fourth.
Discus: Now a three-time champion in the event, Palunas (CMS) found herself down to teammate Bassett after the first attempt but quickly took charge and blew out the field once again by nearly 20 feet, with Halalilo (La Verne) taking a narrow third over Lauren Mott (CMS).
Triple jump: Although her first attempt would prove to be enough, Hamilton (CLU) was far from content and bettered it thrice for a best mark of 11.90m/39' ½" in front of Liz Lee (CMS) and La Verne freshman Micaela Krumweide as it was long jump champion and #2 seed Nguyen's turn to be knocked off the podium today.
High jump: 2015 runner-up Vanessa Blanchard (Redlands) made it one bar further than La Verne rookie Ebony Turner, clearing 1.60m/5'3". A three-way tie for third saw another Leopard first-year in Alexandria Spears, a CLU freshman in Kelsey Rouse and Burow share the low step on the podium over Laniesha Ross (Whittier) and Caitlin Nardi (Redlands) via tiebreak.