Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Women’s Track & Field Selected as SCIAC Favorite

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Women’s Track & Field Selected as SCIAC Favorite

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’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 Athenas were the unanimous favorite receiving all nine first-place votes for a total of 81 points followed by Occidental with 69 points.  Cal Lutheran ranked third in the poll with 55 points, followed by Pomona-Pitzer in fourth (53) and Redlands in fifth (51). La Verne tallied 42 points good for sixth followed by Whittier with 25 while Chapman (20) and Caltech (9) rounded out the poll.

CMS took all eight points from the dual meets and finished first at the 2016 SCIAC Championships to end the season with 32 points and a third straight title.  The Athenas return both Tyra Abraham, the 2016 Track Athlete of the Year, and Vaiva Palunas, the 2016 Field Athlete of the Year, along with the Newcomer of the Year, Sabrine Griffith.  Abraham earned All-American honors capturing the National Championship in the 100-meter dash (12.10) and finishing third in the 200 (24.85).

Occidental returns a slew of underclassmen who helped vault the team from sixth place in 2015 to second last spring behind 13 Top-3 finishes at the SCIAC Championships, including 400-meter hurdle champion Isabelle Dunne.  Last year’s squad saw nine first-years enter the Championships ranked among the Top 10 in at least one event.

Cal Lutheran graduated NCAA javelin champion Allie Hadley, the program’s first four-time All-American, and fellow All-American Amanda Hamilton, but Carlie Burrow leads a trio of returning All-SCIAC performers after setting a program record in the 400-meter hurdles en route to a conference title.  Kelsey Rouse tied for third in the high jump as a rookie and Emily Ginter placed third in pole vault, with the 4x100 relay enjoying defending champion status entering this spring.

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

81 (9)

2. Occidental

69

3. Cal Lutheran

55

4. Pomona-Pitzer

53

5. Redlands

51

6. La Verne

42

7. Whittier

25

8. Chapman

20

9. Caltech

9