Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) student-athletes highlight day three competition with a trio of individual national titles at the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in La Crosse, Wis.
After three days of championship action, Mount Union edged North Central (Ill.), 36-35 for the men's team title, while Rowan finished third overall with 27 points. Redlands led SCIAC men's teams at the championship with 13 points and tied for 19th overall, while Pomona-Pitzer followed with 11 points and tied for 26th place. Occidental finished with 2.83 points and placed 69th overall.
On the women's side, George Fox and UMass-Boston tied for the team championship with 44 points each, while Washington University-St. Louis followed in third with 38 points.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) was fourth in the team standings with 36 points thanks to individual national titles by Tyra Abraham (100-meter dash), Emily Bassett (hammer) and Bryn McKillop (5000-meter run). Redlands totaled 13.50 points and tied for 17th overall, while Pomona-Pitzer snagged a share of 21st place with 11 points. Occidental notched three points and finished 59th overall.
In the 5000-meter run, Andy Reischling of Pomona-Pitzer cruised to a third place finish in the race, clocking a time of 14:37.84 and contributing six points for the Sagehens in addition to securing All-America honors.
The Redlands' 4x100-meter relay combination of Domanick Murray, MJ Wheeler, Luke Bohlinger and Maliq Champion powered to a time of 40.98 to finish sixth overall, secure All-America honors, and notch three points for the Bulldogs.
In the 100-meter dash, Bohlinger sprinted to a fifth place time of 10.90 to secure All-America honors and notch four points for the Bulldogs. The 200-meter dash saw Bohlinger gallop to a third place mark and All-America honors as he registered a time of 21.39 to pick up six more points for Redlands.
The finals of the pole vault saw Occidental's Zach Greenleaf finish in a tie for eighth place overall, clearing a height of 15-09.00. He picked up 0.33 points for the Tigers and claimed All-America honors.
Wyatt Pannabecker of Redlands finished eighth in the triple jump, picking up a point for the Bulldogs with a mark of 48-06.00.
In the finals of the 3000-meter steeple chase, Thomas D'Anieri of CMS finished in a time of 9:40.83 in 13th place, just ahead of Pomona-Pitzer's Daniel Rosen who finished 14th with a time of 9:49.20.
The 100-meter dash saw Abraham win the national championship with sizzling time of 11.87. She picked up 10 points for the Athenas and hauled in All-America honors in the process. Occidental's Jada Newkirk finished seventh in the event and picked up two points and All-America status with a time of 12.28.
In the hammer throw, Bassett secured national championship glory with a sensational throw of 205-01.00. She secured 10 points for the Athenas and All-American honors.
The 5000-meter run featured a third national title for CMS as McKillop finished the race in a time of 16:36.17 to pick up 10 points and All-America status in addition to her national crown. Pomona-Pitzer's Helen Guo added eight points with a second place showing (16:39.75) en route to All-America praise, while Whittier's Julissa Tobias was 22nd in the race with a time of 19:19.99.
The 100-meter hurdles featured a four-point effort from Redlands' Jessica Fields who placed fifth overall with a time of 14.28 in the event. In the 400-meter hurdles, Fields was ninth with a time of 1:01.44.
In the 200-meter dash, Abraham finished fourth overall (five points) and secured All-America status after notching a time of 24.86 in the event. Occidental's LaShauna Porter crossed eighth in the race with a time of 25.34 to pick up one point for the Tigers in addition to All-America laurels.
The CMS 4x100-meter relay squad of Sabrine Griffith, Grace Pratt, Nirel JonesMitchell and Abraham clocked an eighth place - All-American - time of 48.23 as the Athenas received a point in the race.
In the finals of the triple jump, Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong of Pomona-Pitzer recorded a leap of 37-07.75 to finish 20th overall in the event.