This weekend the Sagehen women’s track and field team took a trip to Pasadena to compete in the annual four-way meet at Caltech. Although the Hens were not scoring against the Caltech Beavers, tension was running high between the two teams.
“It was like there was some kind of beaver-fever going on,” Roxy Cook PZ ’13 noted. “It was crazy!”
If Caltech’s “Beaver-Fever” was intended to intimidate their competitors, the host team was sorely disappointed. P-P track and field rolled onto Caltech’s campus in style. For the first time in Sagehen memory, the team rode in a coach bus.
“It must’ve been that Hooters sponsorship,” Claire Brickson PO ’14 said as she shook her head.
Over the course of the day, P-P competed against runners from Caltech, and scored against those from Whittier, and Cal Lutheran. The Hens ran well, but as a team fell to both teams it was scoring against. However, there were quite a few personal and season bests.
Hanna Levin, PO ’14, shook things up at the beginning of the day in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Levin was seeded in the race with a time of 00:17:72.
She came in second place, clocking in at 00:17:36. Levin was pleased with her time, but looks forward to her next opportunity to vanquish the Cal Lutheran runner who finished shortly in front of her.
In the women’s 400-meter dash, Isabelle Ambler PO ’12, one of P-P's sprinting champions, shone with a season-best time of 1:03:46.
“We’re the few, the proud,” Ambler said. P-P’s women’s sprinting team has been spread thin over the season. More than once, Ambler has run back-to-back events.
“I ran the 400-meter dash at Oxy [duel meet],” she said, “and then I turned around and ran the 400-meter hurdles and ran faster in the second race.”
Lucky for Ambler, this time she had a few minutes to cool down before her next event.
In the women’s 800-meter race, Annie Lydens joined the lineup without a seed time. The field held a whopping sixteen runners. Lydens came in first, clocking 2:23:13. Later on, she ran a beautiful race in the women’s 1500-meters. Lydens entered the event with a 4:53:39 seed time from her race at the Occidental Distance Carnival before spring break. With a fantastic season best, Annie dropped nearly ten seconds and clocked in at 4:44:64, recording the #7 all-time mark for P-P.
Kate Brieger PO ’11 ran a strong 5k at Beaver Stadium. Brieger entered the race with a seed-time of 20:04:10 and, in a delicately executed race-strategy, dropped over fifty seconds. Brieger came in second, crossing the finish line at 19:12:7. Cassandra Owen PO ’14 and Leslie Canter PZ ’12 competed in the 3k women’s steeplechase. In a grueling race, each runner finished with personal best times. Canter finished in second place clocking in at 13:16:07 to record the #5 all-time P-P mark. Owen dropped her personal record to 13:55:07, recording the #10 all-time mark for P-P. Both athletes were mistaken by spectators as members of the swim team.
“I guess we were a little wet,” Owen said, sounding unconvinced as she tilted her head and shrugged her shoulders.
In the midfield, Alex Oxborough-Yankus PZ ’14 represented the hens as the team’s main thrower. Oxborough-Yankus was up against some pretty fearsome competition, but remained focused on her events. She came in third place in the women’s Hammer Throw by rocketing the iron ball 106-09, setting a personal best and recording the #9 all-time mark for P-P.
The team has been diligently preparing for this weekend’s annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational meet, and each runner is looking forward to her respective events. If there ever was a time to check out the new uniforms, it's this Saturday. In the spirit of fun, clothing remains optional. But in the spirit of pride, please come prepared with Savage Chirps.