CMSTF Outruns Competition in Season’s First SCIAC Meet

In the first meet of their SCIAC season March 7, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps track and field teams overwhelmingly outran the University of Redlands and
Occidental College, with
the Stags more than doubling the scores of Occidental and Redlands and the
Athenas almost tripling that of their competitors. 

The Stags defeated Occidental 117-46 and Redlands 109-54, while the Athenas won with scores of 135-21 against the Tigers and 122-41 over the Bulldogs. In addition, the Athenas broke eleven CMS
top-ten records and exhibited the talents of their first-year athletes.

“We
are focused to do well whenever we compete against SCIAC teams,” CMS head coach
Kelly Beck said. “Our goal for the meet on Saturday was to perform well in all
of the events and win the dual meet against Redlands and Occidental. Both men’s
and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays ran
their fastest times of the year with both women’s relays recording CMS top-10
marks.”

The Athenas
had an outstanding performance, sweeping first-place spots in every individual
running event, between the 5000m and 100m, and both the 4x100m and 4x400m
relays. In addition, Vaiva Palunas SC ’17 broke the CMS discus record with a throw
of 43.64 meters.

Two
of these top-10 times were also first-year records for the Athenas. In addition
to anchoring the Athenas’ victorious 4x400m relay, Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis CMC ’18
won the 200m with a time of 25.31 and the 400m with 56.50, setting a new
precedent for future first-years. Cameron-Lewis attributes her success at Saturday’s
meet to a relaxed mindset and a new training regimen, which were especially important due to the stressful nature of the individual sport. 

“Running is so mental,” she said. “I feel
like everyone [struggles with nerves]. I think [nervousness] is part of how you
communicate with your body, when something exciting’s about to happen. [You
must] be excited about [the event], but be excited in a positive way.” 

Cameron-Lewis’s mindset seemed to be geared for positive results at Saturday’s meet.

“[When]
I had the 400, I wasn’t super nervous for it, which was a little surprising,
and I went into it pretty relaxed, but then I ended up running a PR, which is
surprising because I don’t normally start off a season running a PR,”
Cameron-Lewis said. “[In
the 200] I thought ‘this feels really smooth,’ which is also very surprising
because I did not see myself PRing in almost over a second in the 200 the first
time I ran it. I wasn’t super nervous, and I thought, ‘Oh, today’s a nice day,
just go out and run,’ which is nice realizing that I can do that with ease.”

Cameron-Lewis
also noted her new training with the CMS program, which she credits to taking her out of her comfort zone
and contributed to PRs at the first meet of the season.

“I’ve
never done weight training before, as I don’t like being inside,” she said. “In high
school, some days it was suggested, but I would just go on a distance run on
those days. They’re unavoidable now, but it’s good for me to vary weight
training. I’m guessing that weight training and not doing soccer and cross
country in the fall to let my body recover has been really paying off.”

The CMS runners will have the chance to showcase this payoff further at the Occidental
Distance Carnival March 13.

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