Postseason Roundup 4/29/18
Track: Sagehen Men Win First Title Since 1991, Athenas Extend Streak To Four Years
The Pomona-Pitzer men and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women ran away with conference titles after an eventful SCIAC championship track meet at University of Redlands April 27-28.
The Sagehen men won for the first time in 27 years — beating Redlands 189-161.5 — thanks in a large part to Andy Reischling PO ’19, who won both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races. In the field, Ethan Hardacre PO ’20 and Calvin Aylward PO ’18 won the long jump and javelin, respectively.
The Athenas, ranked No. 2 in the country, notched 10 first-place finishes and won their fourth-straight SCIAC title by outscoring Redlands 208-162. Star sprinter and 2016 NCAA champion Tyra Abraham SC ’18 led the team with victories in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, and also anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay. Emily Bassett CM ’18 finished first in both the hammer throw and discus.
The P-P women finished in a distant fourth to CMS, and posted two first-place finishes. After falling to Bryn McKillop SC ’18 in the 1,500-meter run, Helen Guo PO ’20 outdueled the CMS distance phenom in the 5,000-meter race. Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong PO ’20 won the triple jump, setting a program record in the progress.
The CMS men also finished fourth, failing to claim the SCIAC championship for just the third time since 1992. The Stags’ sole conference champion was Michael Sill CM ’21, who won the discus. CMS’ title hopes took a major blow when top distance runner Thomas D’Anieri CM ’20, a favorite in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5K, took a hard fall during the steeplechase and wasn’t able to compete for the rest of the meet.
— Hank Snowdon
Water Polo: P-P Women Clinch Fifth SCIAC Title In Seven Years With 8-2 Win
The Pomona-Pitzer women’s water polo team cruised to its second consecutive conference title Saturday, beating Cal Lutheran University 8-2.
Morgan Stockham PZ ’19 and Haley Crabtree PZ ’21 led the lockdown defensive effort, combining for 12 saves for P-P, which went undefeated in the SCIAC this season. Three Sagehens — Jocelyn Castro PZ ’18, Janelle Lewis PO ’19, and Anna Yu PO ’19 — each chipped in a goal to help P-P pull away in the third quarter.
Kyla Pickell PZ ’19 added two goals in the fourth quarter to ensure the Regals never threatened again.
The Sagehens will find out Monday which team they will face in the NCAA Tournament.
— Kellen Browning
Lacrosse: Sixth Street Showdown Set As CMS, P-P Advance To Championship Game
The SCIAC women’s lacrosse title-favorite Athenas and their cross-street rivals will face off Saturday in the conference championship game, after Claremont-Mudd-Scripps dominated Chapman University 17-6 and Pomona-Pitzer eked out a 17-15 win over Occidental Saturday.
CMS, which hasn’t lost a regular-season game to a SCIAC opponent since 2016, easily handled P-P in both games earlier this season.
Corie Hack CM ’19 and Evan Murphy CM ’18 led the way against the Panthers with four goals apiece. The Athenas led 12-3 at the half.
Lilly Thomey PO ’19 scored four times to help the Sagehens upset the Tigers, while Annie Price PO ’20 tallied 20 saves.
The Sixth Street rivals will vie for the SCIAC championship at CMS’ Zinda Field, as the Athenas are the tournament’s No. 1 seed.
— Kellen Browning