In their first SCIAC Quad meet of the year on March 7, both the Pomona-Pitzer men and women’s track and field teams went
3-0 against California Lutheran University, Chapman University and the California Institute of Technology,
showing their competitors that these Hens mean business in 2015.
competed in the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Rossi Relays two weekends ago, ultimately running for their own glory, as no team
medals were awarded. This past weekend was different, though, and women’s
head coach Kirk Reynolds fully understood the importance of the meet and a strong opening to the conference season.
“Our goals this year are to improve
our conference placing from the year before and to continue working hard to
fill all the events possible,” Reynolds said. “In recent years, we have not been able to compete
well in all events, leading to lower team scores.”
After strong individual
performances at the Rossi Relays, the men’s team had similar goals in mind for
the La Verne meet.
“The team goal is definitely to move
up into the top three teams in the SCIAC, and after this past weekend, we’re
looking like we have a chance,” senior thrower Chris Garnatz PO ‘15 said.
For the women, their success in the
standings was the result of solid performances throughout the meet. Sprinter/jumper Ailene Nguyen PO ’16 finished first in the long jump after jumping
5.55 meters. On the track, hurdler Kaile Sauro PZ ’17 won the 100m hurdles with a
time of 16.01 seconds while distance runner Abby Gardner PO ’17 finished the steeplechase in less
than 13 minutes to earn first place. Distance runner Maya Weigel PO ’17 also helped
the team score with a top finish in the 800m.
Although they did not place first in their events, Schuyler Fox PO
’17 and Alice Timken PO ’16 also made important contributions to the team’s win.
“Schuyler had personal records in three events, and I was also very pleased with Alice, who threw in three throwing
events and had a PR in all three,” Reynolds said. “Those two were spotlights on the track and
The men’s team also did well across the board, culminating in a meet sweep. Distance runner John Fowler PO
’16 led the way in the 5000m run by breaking La Verne’s track record with a
time of 15:09. Distance runner Parker Head PO ’17 also stood out, winning the steeplechase with
a time of 10:09. Perhaps the most exciting team effort was in the 1500m run, as the Hens took first through fourth, led by distance runner Paul Messana PZ ’17 with a time of
However, among the most impressive accomplishments of the weekend was Garnatz’s winning throw of 50.96 meters in javelin, despite just
finishing swim season.
“I could not be happier with how I
performed,” Garnatz said. “I only had five practices underneath my belt and I didn’t
really know what to expect. And as a team, I was really
impressed with how everyone came together.”
Looking ahead, both teams hope to
keep the momentum going as they head into the Occidental Carnival March 13.
While each coming meet is significant for every athlete, they’re
especially important to the seniors.
“I’m so fortunate to be a part of
these sports programs because I’ve loved every minute of it and really don’t
want it to end,” Garnatz said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to end on the highest
note of all and am very excited for the next couple months.”