The 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships head to Redlands April 27-28 at Ashel Cunningham Track beginning at 4 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
The final SCIAC Track & Field standings are determined by a point system: teams score a single point for a dual meet win during the three multi-dual meets in the regular season, and three points for each team they finish ahead of in the Championship meet. The meet will be scored 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for all events. Eight athletes will advance to the finals in all track events except the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays. Nine athletes will advance to the finals in all field events.
On the men's side, Redlands has secured eight points following the dual meet season, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS), Pomona-Pitzer, and Occidental each notched six points following the SCIAC multi-duals.
In the sprint events this season, Luke Bohlinger of Redlands has posted the top time in the SCIAC (10.71) in the 100-meter dash, while Corbin Bethurem of CMS and Joshua Francis of La Verne are close behind at 10.81. Last season's conference champion in the event Hugh Pegan of Occidental is currently seventh in the league (10.97).
Bohlinger is also the conference's top runner in the 200-meter dash this season after clocking a time of 21.49 at SCIAC Multi-Dual No. 3. Francis (21.61) and Pegan (21.95) - last year's champion - are second and third in the event this season. Francis finished third in the event last season.
The 400-meter dash will feature Occidental's Rio Chiba who has registered a league-best time of 48.49 so far this season. Jordan Washecheck of Redlands is second with a time of 48.54 while Francis, who finished third last year with a time of 48.26, has posted a time of 49.12 so far this season.
In the 110-meter hurdles, Cal Neikirk of Pomona-Pitzer leads the field this season with a time of 15.38 after finishing second in the event at last year's championships. Last year's champion Afari La-Anyane of Redlands is slotted second in the race (15.61), while Whittier's Hakim Williams Jr. is third with a time of 15.64.
The 400-meter hurdles features a top newcomer in Alex McDonald from CMS who leads the SCIAC field in 2018 with a time of 53.76. Last season's conference champion in the event Nick Burchett of Redlands follows with a time of 54.61, while Neikirk is third with a mark of 54.70.
The 800-meter run features a pair of first-years leading the SCIAC pack so far in 2018 as Carter Floyd of Pomona-Pitzer (1:52.37) and Tucker Cargile of Redlands (1.52.75) headline the group. Timmy Kahovec of Cal Lutheran who currently sits in third this year with a time of 1:54.01, will look to build on his third place run in the conference championships from last year.
In the 1500-meter race, Occidental's Brody Barkan will look to maintain his top time in the conference and enters the event with a mark of 3:53.01 set earlier this year (April 19). Daniel Rosen and Peter Davis of Pomona-Pitzer follow with times of 3:54.84 and 3:56.28.
The Stags' Thomas D'Anieri enters the 2018 championship 5000-meter run with the top time in the SCIAC and NCAA Division III (14:21.04), while last year's champion in the event, Andy Reischling of Pomona-Pitzer, has posted a time of 14:23.87 in the event so far this season. The Sagehens' Owen Woo is currently ranked third in the league with a time of 14:58.53.
Reischling is currently pacing the field in the 10000-meter race with a time of 29:51.75, while his Sagehens' teammate Adin Becker is second with a time of 30:53.55. Whittier's Julian Sandoval is third in the event with a mark of 31:00.66.
The Sagehens' Rosen will look to repeat as the 3000-meter steeplechase champion as he enters the race with a time of 9:05.48, while D'Anieri and Nicholas Beatty of Pomona-Pitzer follow with times of 9:06.44 and 9:31.18.
After powering to the top time in the conference in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 41.23 in 2017, Occidental will look to defend its crown in the event after posting a top time of 42.04 in the event in 2018. Redlands is currently second with a time of 42.09, while Pomona-Pitzer is third with a mark of 42.20.
The Bulldogs will look to edge last year's 4x400-meter relay champions Occidental as Redlands enters the 2018 race with a season-best time of 3:19.01 while the Tigers have posted a mark of 3:19.61. La Verne is in third with a time of 3:20.61.
Occidental's Austin DeWitz will look to defend his SCIAC crown in the high jump after posting a mark of 6-09.00 in the event last year. He and La Verne's Anthony Hamilton are tied for the top spot in 2018 withe leaps of 06-07.00 so far this season, while Zach Baines of Occidental is third (6-03.25).
Michael Wagenveld of CMS (16-0.75) and Miguel Redmond of Whittier (15-03.50) are ahead of last year's pole vault conference champion Walker Quinn of the Stags (15-01.00) who won the event with a mark of 14-09.50 in 2017.
Kyle Ambat of the Leopards (22-09.25), Chris Toribio of Occidental (22-08.00) and Ethan Hardacre of Pomona-Pitzer (22-06.25) lead the field in the long jump in 2018.
Triple jump runner-up in 2017 Wyatt Pannabecker of Redlands (47-07.75) is the leader in the SCIAC this season, while Hardacre (46-01.25) and Ambat (46-0.75) follow.
La Verne's TJ Randall returns to defend his SCIAC title in the shot put looking to build on his season-best throw of 49-09.75. Matthew Hayashi of Redlands (46-03.25) and Reese Peterson of CMS (46-0.50) are listed second and third in the event.
In the discus, La Verne's Michael Brown (140-09) and Randall (139-05) lead the field while Peterson - last year's runner-up - is third (137-05).
The hammer throw features the Leopards' Randall (156-10), the Stags' Peterson (150-09) and the Tigers' Jesse Nikora (149-05) who lead SCIAC competitors in 2018.
Calvin Aylward of Pomona-Pitzer will look to clinch another SCIAC title in the javelin as he leads the field with a throw of 183-0.00 after winning the event with a toss of 209-09 last year. Maxwell Knowles of CMS (180-08) and Cal Martin of Redlands (163-03) are ranked second and third in the league in 2018.
For the women, CMS led the way with eight points during the dual meet season, while Redlands secured seven points with its only loss coming at the hands of the Athenas, 99.5-62.5 on April 14. Occidental has six points towards its overall score after falling to CMS (99-64) on March 3, and Redlands (77-69) on March 31.
In the sprint events, CMS's Tyra Abraham leads the SCIAC in the 100-meter dash with a Division III best time of 11.65. Last season, Abraham was the conference champion in the event with a time of 11.91. Chyenne Kimble of Redlands (12.15) and LaShauna Porter of Occidental (12.20) are second and third in the event this season respectively.
In the 200-meter dash, Abraham returns as the reigning champion in the event (24.80) and is the top runner in the event this season with a time of 24.58 this season. Porter (24.70) and the Athenas' Nirel Jones Mitchell (25.41) are second and third heading into the 2018 championships.
A pair of Bulldogs feature in the top three in the SCIAC in the 400-meter jaunt as Justine Keller has clocked a top time of 58.86, while teammate Hannah Albrecht is tied with Caltech's Nora Griffith for third with a mark of 59.42. CMS's Rebecca Stewart is slotted second in the event with a time of 58.91.
Catalina Lee Kim of La Verne is first in the 100-meter hurdles this season (14.45), while Kimble (14.71) and Jessica Fields of the Bulldogs are second and third (14.73). Last year, Fields and Kim finished the race second and third.
Fields and last year's champion, Isabelle Dunne of Occidental are ranked first and second in teh 400-meter hurdles in 2018 with times of 1:02.63 and 1:03.33, while the Tigers' Allison Kilday is third (1:03.80).
Bryn McKillop of CMS leads the SCIAC field so far this season in the 800-meter run (2:15.21), while Melissa Cerrilos of La Verne and Kyleigh Mann of the Athenas have clocked respective times of 2:15.87 and 2:16.55 to sit in second and third.
McKillop, who finished second in the 1500-meter race at last year's championship meet, has the top time in the SCIAC so far this season (4:26.72), while Helen Guo of Pomona-Pitzer, and Mann have clocked times of 4:31.59 and 4:39.06 respectively.
Guo leads the field of SCIAC runners in the 5000-meter run with a Division III top time of 16:30.20, while McKillop (16:45.75) and Julissa Tobias of Whittier (17:0079) are second and third.
Jessica Iribe and Tobias of Whittier lead the field in the 10000-meter event in 2018 while last year's third place finisher Lauren Stanislaw of CMS is in third this year with a time of 37:14.84.
Ellen Berkley of CMS has posted the best time (11:04.14) in the SCIAC in the 3000-meter steeplechase so far in 2018 just ahead of last year's champion in the race, Cerrillos who has clocked a time of 11:11.89. Eva Townsend of Occidental is third (11:23.51).
The CMS 4x100-meter quartet that won last year's race, will look to maintain its top spot as they enter the 2018 championships with a Division III-best time of 46.70. Redlands is in second (48.03) and Occidental is third (48.75).
Redlands leads the 4x400-meter relay field in 2018 (4:01.71) after finishing third a year ago at the SCIAC Championships. Occidental (4:01.83) and Whittier (4:02.26) are second and third respectively.
In the high jump, Vanessa Blanchard of Redlands in the defending SCIAC champion and will look to secure the honor again entering the event with a bound of 5-05.75. Ebony Turner of La Verne and Cora Davies of Occidental are even at 5-05.00 this season.
Last season's runner-up in the pole vault Amanda Widen of Redlands currently leads the SCIAC with a mark of 12-04.00 in the event. Melissa Braun of Occidental and Gabriella Gould of the Bulldogs are second and third with marks of 12-02.00 and 11-07.75 respectively.
The long jump features returning SCIAC champion Kendall Guidetti of Cal Lutheran (18-05.75), Kim of La Verne (18-05.00) and Sabrine Griffith of CMS (18-01.50) who have led the league this year.
Kim was last year's champion in the triple jump and is currently second in 2018 with a time of 37-07.25. Amanda Mell of the Athenas (37-08.75) and Carolyn Weisman of CMS (36-06.25) are first and third in 2018 respectively.
After finishing second and third in the SCIAC Championships in the shot put a year ago, Redlands' Reyna Ta'amu and CMS's Emily Bassett lead the field this year with respective throws of 44-07.50 and 40-0.00. Sabrina Degnan of Occidental is slotted third with a mark of 39-07.00.
Bassett featured as the runner-up in the discus in 2017 and is the SCIAC leader so far this year with a toss of 136-10. Kathryn Gonzalez of the Bulldogs is second (125-11), while Cal Lutheran's Kaitlyn Cochran is third (123-04).
Bassett will look to continue her sensational form in the hammer throw as her mark of 203-06 leads the field - and Division III - by quite a distance. Degnan and Alexa Barnes of the Regals follow with stellar throws of 157-05 and 149-02 this season.
Degnan and Pomona-Pitzer's Jessica Finn finished first and second in the javelin in 2017, while Finn holds the top throw of 132-06 heading into this season's championship event. Cambria Serrano of La Verne (116-05) is currently ranked third in the event.