Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Men’s Track and Field Emerges as SCIAC Coaches’ Preseason Favorite

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Men’s Track and Field Emerges as SCIAC Coaches’ Preseason Favorite

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s outdoor track and field team has been picked as the coaches’ favorite in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) preseason coaches’ poll. 

“Our preseason ranking matches our hopes and ambitions for the season,” said head coach Glenn Stewart. “We were able to finish on top last year and we are working hard to hold on to those trophies. Our conference looks to be even stronger this year than last but we are looking forward to meeting that challenge.”

The Stags garnered six first-place votes for a total of 77 points to edge out Occidental, which finished second with 75 points and the other three first-place votes. Pomona-Pitzer ranked third in the poll with 60 points, followed by La Verne in fourth (51) and Redlands in fifth (49). Cal Lutheran tallied 36 points good for sixth followed by Whittier with 28 while Chapman (17) and Caltech (12) rounded out the poll.

CMS took seven points from the dual meets and finished first at the 2016 SCIAC Championships to end the season with 31 points and the SCIAC Championship title ahead of Occidental with 29 points. The Stags return Cameron Van, the 2016 Field Athlete of the Year who found himself on top of the podium at the 2016 SCIAC Championships in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. 

The Tigers will look to junior Hugh Pegan to challenge for the top spot as he earned 2016 SCIAC Field Athlete of the Year accolades after taking top honors in the 100m, 200m and 4x400m at the Championship. Pegan won the 200m Division III National Championship after crossing the line in 21.59 to lead the Tigers to a 14th-place finish alongside fellow individual All-American Gabriel Barrett-Jackson (fourth place 400-meter dash) and All-America 4x100 relay member Jeh Johnson, with Jesse Wong having departed via graduation.

Pomona-Pitzer returns six All-SCIAC performers, led by junior All-American Calvin Aylward, who placed fourth in the javelin at the NCAA Championships.  The departures of fellow NCAA qualifiers Corey Purcella and John Fowler will certainly be felt, but the Sagehens had a number of student-athletes finish just out of scoring position at last year’s SCIAC Championships.

The SCIAC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship will be contested at Pomona-Pitzer on Friday and Saturday, April 28-29.

 

Institution

Points (first-place votes)

1. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

77 (6)

2. Occidental

75 (3)

3. Pomona-Pitzer

60

4. La Verne

51

5. Redlands

49

6. Cal Lutheran

36

7. Whittier

28

8. Chapman

17

9. Caltech

12