Day one of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships featured strong showings from Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) student-athletes at the SPIRE Institute on Thursday. Action resumes Friday at 7 a.m. PDT in Geneva, Ohio.
After four events scored on the men's side, MIT leads with 14 points, while John Carroll and Wisconsin-Eau Claire are second and third with 13 and 12 points. Pomona-Pitzer is tied for 21st overall with two points and is the SCIAC's lone men's program to register a team score after day one.
With five events scored in the women's championship, Washington University leads the way with a score of 27, while Johns Hopkins is second with 19 points. Six schools are tied for third with 10 points. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) is 14th with five points, while Pomona-Pitzer has tallied one point after one day of competition to sit tied for 29th.
On the men's side, the Redlands tandem of Domanick Murray, Cooper Malerstein, Luke Bohlinger, and Maliq Champion finished in a time of 40.97 in the 4x100-meter relay in the prelims and secured their spot in the finals of the race.
Occidental's Brody Barkan qualified for the finals of the 1500 with a mark of 3:56.81. Pomona-Pitzer's Dante Paszkeicz and Carter Floyd missed qualification narrowly.
Alex McDonald of CMS competed in the preliminaries of the 400-meter hurdles and finished with a time of 54.58. His Stags' teammate Maxwell Knowles finished 12th overall in the finals of the javelin with a heave of 188-00.
In the 3000-meter steeplechase, Pomona-Pitzer's Daniel Rosen qualified with a time of 9:13.38, while CMS's Evan Hassman also advanced with a time of 9:14.00.
Andy Reischling of the Sagehens earned a time of 30:48.05 in the finals of the 10000-meter jaunt and secured seventh place, All-America honors and two points for Pomona-Pitzer in the race, while teammate Owen Woo finished 20th with a time of 33:14.45.
On the women's side, Jacquelyn Desmond of CMS placed fourth in the pole vault finals securing five points, and All-American status for the Athenas with a clearance of 12-11.50. Melissa Braun of Occidental narrowly missed placing in the top eight as she posted a mark of 12-05.50 to finish ninth overall.
The prelims of the 4x100-meter relay featured the Redlands quartet of Courtney O'Neal, Hannah Albrecht, Annick Bangou and Chyenne Kimble who clocked a time of 47.22 to qualify for the finals of the race.
In the prelims of the 400-meter hurdles, the Bulldogs' Jessica Fields powered to a time of 1:02.23 to gain qualification to the finals of the race. Whittier's Elyse Espe (1:03.32) just missed the cut. Chyenne Kimble featured for Redlands in the 200-meter dash prelims alongside La Verne's Jade Griffin but neither qualified for the finals after notching respective times of 25.35 and 25.64.
The long jump prelims saw Cal Lutheran's Kendall Guidetti notch a jump of 18-08.50, while Sabrine Griffith of CMS posted a mark of 18-03.25. In the 3000-meter steeplechase prelims, Melissa Cerrillos of the Leopards clocked a time of 11:25.39.
The Sagehens' Lila Cardillo powered to an eighth place time of 36:43.71 to secure a point and All-American honors for Pomona-Pitzer in the 10000-meter run. Her teammate Lauren Hamilton finished 17th in the race with a time of 37:40.95.