The 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships head to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) April 27-28 at the Burns Track Complex beginning at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
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 for the second straight season, while CMS follows with seven points. Occidental logged six points following the SCIAC multi-duals. Pomona-Pitzer is the defending SCIAC champions.
In the 100-meter dash, the defending SCIAC champion, Luke Bohlinger currently ranks second in the conference with a time of 10.75. Tyler Webb of Occidental finished second in the event last year, and currently holds the top time in the league at 10.72, while the 2018 SCIAC bronze medalist in the event Corbin Bethurem of CMS is fifth with a mark of 10.85.
Bohlinger, who also won the 200-meter dash last year, is listed second currently with a time of 21.58. California Lutheran's Obasi Dees is currently listed third in the event (21.71) after finishing in third at the SCIAC Championships a year ago.
The 400-meter run features the Kingsmen's Christian Brodnax who clocked a top time of 48.58 this year in the event after placing third in the race at last year's championship. Charles Marks of the Tigers finished second in the event last year and has the fifth fastest time in the SCIAC this year at 49.64, while last season's gold medalist, Jordan Washecheck of the Bulldogs, is currently ninth (50.37).
Hakim Williams Jr. of Whittier finished third in the 110-meter hurdles in 2018, and currently owns the third best time in the event this year at 15.64. Austin DeWitz of Occidental, and Evan Cox of Cal Lutheran are first and second in the event leading up to the race with times of 15.59 and 15.63 respectively.
Cox is the 2019 leader in the 400-meter hurdles (54.38), while last season's gold medalist Nick Burchett of the Bulldogs is currently slotted fifth in the event with a time of 55.22.
The 2018 SCIAC runner-up in the 800-meter jaunt - Carter Floyd of Pomona-Pitzer - has posted the top time in the SCIAC thus far with a mark of 1:51.29, while Tucker Cargile of Redlands, last year's champion in the event, is second at 1:51.30.
In the 1500-meter race, last year's winner of the event, Brody Barkan of Occidental, is slotted fourth with a time of 3:53.20. Ben Iten of the Stags (3:55.14), and teammate Wilson Ives (3:54.05), finished second and third a year ago, and enter this year's race with the seventh and fifth best times respectively.
Highlighting the distance events is Andy Reischling of the defending SCIAC champion Sagehens. In the 5000-meter run, Reischiling currently owns a top conference time of 14:20.01 and is looking to defend his crown from a year ago. Teammate Owen Woo is ranked third in the SCIAC in the event with a time of 14:43.52 after finishing in the bronze spot a year ago in the race.
Reischling is also looking for another win in the 10,000-meter race as he currently holds a league-best time of 29:52.02. Last year's runner-up Benjamin White of Whittier is currently ranked fourth in the event at 30:55.61, while 2018 silver medalist Nathan Stringham is eighth with a time of 31:52.55.
The 3000-meter steeplechase saw Daniel Rosen of Pomona-Pitzer secure top individual honors, and he is set to defend his title with a top SCIAC time of 8:58.29 entering the 2019 SCIAC Championships. Redlands' Joseph Esparza who placed second last year, holds the third-best time in the conference at 9:16.00 entering this year's edition of the race.
Entering the 2019 SCIAC Championships, Redlands' 4x100-meter relay squad currently has the top time in the conference at 41.51, followed by CMS at 41.65 and Cal Lutheran at 42.23. The Bulldogs and Kingsmen finished first and second a year ago, with the Sagehens notching third place honors.
In the 4x400-meter relay, the Poets have logged the league's best mark at 3:20.76, followed by Redlands (3:20.86) and La Verne (3:21.31). In 2018, the Bulldogs won the relay, followed by Occidental and Whittier.
Looking to win the event for the third-year in a row, DeWitz holds the top mark in the high jump in the SCIAC at 6-07.00. Maliq Champion of Redlands is second in the event with a mark of 6-06.75 after earning a share of third place a year ago.
The Tigers' Zach Greenleaf - last year's pole vault winner - is slotted third in the event with a clearance of 15-05.75, while Garrett Silva of Whittier, the bronze medalist in 2018, has notched the best mark of 2019 at 15-10.00.
Redlands' MJ Wheeler currently holds the top mark in long jump at 23-1.75, while Kyle Ambat of the Leopards, last year's third place finisher, is in second at 22-11.00. Occidental's Chris Toribio is third at 22-07.25 entering this weekend's action. Pomona-Pitzer's Ethan Hardacre, the defending long jump champion, is 20th (19-09.50).
In the triple jump, Ambat currently ranks first in the SCIAC with a mark of 45-3.75 after finishing third a year ago. DeWitz and CMS's Tse Yang Lim are currently second and third with marks of 45-0.25 and 44-0.75 resectively.
Last year's runner-up in the shot put - Matthew Hayashi of the Bulldogs - is the leader in the SCIAC entering the 2019 SCIAC Championships with a toss of 48-6.75. The Stags' Reese Peterson, who finished third a year ago at the championships, is second entering the meet at 46-6.25.
Defending discus champion Michael Sill of CMS is the top hurler in the event this year at 140-05, while Alieu Corr of Redlands (139-09) and Peterson of the Stags (137-04) are second and third.
Peterson - the 2018 silver medalist in the hammer throw - is ranked first in 2019 in the event with a heave of 161-02, while Sill is in third at 158-03 after finishing in third in last season's championship event.
CMS's Maxwell Knowles, who finished second in the javelin last year, is ranked first in the event in 2019 with a throw of 185-00, while 2018 bronze medalist Harvey Armand of the Tigers is ranked fifth enter this year's championship with a hurl of 168-06.
On the women's side, Redlands posted eight dual-meet points during the 2019 regular season, while the defending SCIAC champions CMS and Occidental followed with seven and six points respectively.
In the 100-meter dash, last year's bronze medalist LaShauna Porter of Occidental returns as the fifth-best sprinter thus far with a time of 12.34 in the event, while Redlands' Chyenne Kimble (12.21), and Jade Griffin of La Verne and Kendall Guidetti of Cal Lutheran (12.27) are first and second respectively entering the 2019 SCIAC Championships.
After placing second a year ago in the 200-meter sprint, Porter has the top time in the SCIAC this season at 24.88. Griffin is slotted second at 25.08, while Annick Bangou is third with a time of 25.26.
The 400-meter dash features Pomona-Pitzer's Quin Fraley who has clocked the top time in the SCIAC this season at 57.35. Griffin, who finished second a year ago, is second this season in the SCIAC at 57.53, while Hannah Albrecht of Redlands is fifth at 59.18 after finishing third a year ago.
Jessica Fields of the Bulldogs will look to defrend her title in the 100-meter hurdles as she owns the top time in the SCIAC this season at 14.18, followed by teammate Kimble at 14.19. Last year's bronze medalist Sabrine Griffith of CMS is fourth at 14.84.
Fields, who also powered to top honors in the 400-meter hurdles a year ago, is slotted first again in 2019 with a time of 1:01.77. Occidental's Allison Kilday (1:03.29) is in third after finishing there during last season's SCIAC Championships. Whittier's Elyse Espe is second so far this season with a time of 1:02.88.
The 800-meter run featurs Anahy Covarrubias of Whittier who has the top time in the SCIAC thus far at 2:13.93 and was second in this event last year, while the Sagehens' Rosie Linkus (2:15.62) and La Verne's Melissa Cerrillos (2:16.70) follow in second and third. Cerrillos was third in the event last year.
The Athenas' Abby Johnson (4:39.64), Chapman's Arabella Reece (4:44.28) and Cerrillos (4:46.57) have set the three top three times in the SCIAC thus far in the 1500-meter run.
Last year's gold medalist in the 5000-meter jaunt was Pomona-Pitzer's Helen Guo who is currently third in the conference with a time of 17:31.93. Teammate Lauren Hamilton (17:21.00) and Johnson (17:30.06) currently rank first and second in the event. Claire Hu of Caltech secured third place honors a year ago and is presently 10th at 17:58.33.
The 10,000-meter race sees Maria Ramirez - last year's silver medalist - sitting third in the league in 2019 with a time of 38:14.36. Hamilton (35:43.98) and Lila Cardillo of the Sagehens (36:52.48) rank first and second this season respectively.
After galloping to a second place finish at last year's championship, Cerrillos returns with the top time in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 2019 (10:54.62), followed by Riley Harmon (11:22.32) and Sophie Gitlin of CMS (11:23.46).
The Redlands 4x100-meter relay is currently ranked first with a time of 46.74, followed by CMS (48.46) and Cal Lutheran (48.94). Last year, the Athenas won the event, followed by the Bulldogs and Occidental.
In the 4x400-meter relay, Whittier owns the top time so far in 2019 at 3:53.23. La Verne's quartet is currently ranked second with a time of 4:02.27, while Pomona-Pitzer is third at 4:02.59. Last year, Occidental, CMS and Redlands took the top three spots in the race.
The high jump will be hottly contested as six athletes who have each cleared 5-03.00 including Cal Lutheran's Kelsey Rouse, Occidental's Cora Davies and Naomi Miyamoto, La Verne's Elizabeth Prevedello and Ebony Turner, and Pomona-Pitzer's Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong. Turner and Addo-Ashong placed second and third at the 2018 SCIAC Championships in the event.
In the pole vault, Occidental's Melissa Braun is ranked second (12-03.50) after earning second a year ago, while Jacquelyn Desmond and Dani Chami of CMS are in first and third in 2019 with respective clearances of 12-07.50 and 10-08.00.
Griffith is currently ranked first in the long jump (18-09.75), followed by Jada Newkirk of Occidental in third (18-04.50) and Guidetti at 18-03.00. Guidetti was last year's winner, while Griffith and Newkirk followed in second and third.
Addo-Ashong will look to defend her crown in the triple jump as she is currently the top athlete in the SCIAC in the event with a leap of 38-04.00. Amanda Mell of the Athenas (37-11.25) and Micaela Krumweide of La Verne (37-07.25) are currently slotted second and third in the event. Last season's bronze medalist in the event - Morgan Snyder of the Regals - is currently ranked 14th.
In the shot put, the Bulldogs' Reyna Ta'amu will look to retain her title and currently leads the field with a throw of 48-0.75. A bronze medalist a year ago, Sabrina Degnan of Occidental, and Sabrina Van Beek of Whittier are ranked second (39-0.50).
Ranked first in 2019 in the discus, and a silver medalist in 2018, with a toss of 132-00 is Cal Lutheran's Alexa Barnes, while Erin Ball of the Tigers is ranked second (125-07). Redlands' Kathryn Gonzalez finished third a year ago, and is slotted third presently with a mark of 124-02.
Degnan, last year's runner-up at the SCIAC Championships in the hammer, is first in the field this season with a hurl of 167-04. Barnes is second at 156-05, while Gonzalez (last year's third place finisher) is third at 146-01.
Looking for back-to-back titles in the javelin is Degnan who owns the top spot in the event this year with a toss of 127-06. Teammate Paige Waters follows at 118-05, while Mikaela Gallardo of CMS is third at 114-00.