CMS Dominates at SCIAC Quad Meet, While Sagehens Struggle

Both the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer track and
field teams competed in their third SCIAC meets of the season April 11 to face
off against conference foes for the final time before the SCIAC championships
May 1-2.

CMS hosted a meet against the California
Institute of Technology, California Lutheran University, Chapman University and
Whittier College in which both the Stags and Athenas put together dominant
performances, sweeping the competition to earn two 4-0 victories. Meanwhile, P-P
faced off against Occidental College, the University of La Verne and University of Redlands at
Occidental, in which the Sagehens broke several team records during a close
meet.

Team scores are tabulated by the individual head-to-head results, with the scoring coming down to how each team’s
top three finishers in each event compared to each other.

At
their meet, the Stags claimed gold in 10 events, and the Athenas topped that
count with 11 wins. The Stags scored at least 100 points against each team and
defeated each opponent by at least 46 points to earn an average margin of
victory of 95 points. The Athenas also cruised to victory, winning by at least
71 each time for an average margin of victory of 106.

Despite
such an overwhelming win, the CMS athletes are looking ahead toward the SCIAC
championships in two weeks and the NCAA Nationals to follow soon after. Therefore, many are viewing
Saturday’s wins through the lens of upper-level competition. Sprinter
Madison Knaub CM ’15, for example, wasn’t satisfied with just winning. Rather, she hopes that her winning 200-meter dash time of 25.21 will
qualify for the NCAA Division III Nationals.

“My
200 time was especially exciting because as of Saturday, it put me seventh or
eighth in the nation,” Knaub said. “It’s always exciting to be in the top 20 in
the nation because that implies that you may be able to make it to nationals at
the end of the year.”

Knaub
is also anxious to see if her 4x100m relay team will make it beyond SCIACs this
year.

“This
is the first time the 4×100 has succeeded,” she said. “We’re contending to go to
nationals in the relay, and every time we PR it’s exciting because it’s getting
closer to qualifying for nationals. We ran a time on Saturday that would have
gotten us to nationals last year.”

Mid-distance
runner Evan Molineux CM ’16, last year’s SCIAC champion in both the men’s 1500m
and steeplechase, won this meet’s steeplechase and also ran in the Stags’ winning 4x400m relay.

“I
haven’t done the steeplechase all season,” Molineux said. “My coach just wanted
me to get out there and do one just before the conference meet just to see how
it felt. It felt pretty good—I just opened up a lead, and nobody really touched
me.”

Wins proved to be much more elusive for the P-P men, but the P-P women were
able to decisively defeat Occidental 131-27 and narrowly lost to La Verne by
one point.

Sprinter/jumper
Ailene Nguyen PO ’16 served as a bright spot for the Sagehens, though, winning the 200m
with a time of 25.36 seconds and breaking her own record in the triple jump
with a distance of 37’ 10.50.” Nguyen attributes her PR to the scheduling of
the meet.

“Triple
jump is usually one of my last events of the day, so I’m pretty tired by the
time I get to it,” she commented. “However, this time the timing of the events
worked out really well, so I got really lucky there and managed to PR.”

P-P and CMS will both partake in the Azusa Pacific Invitational April 17 as this will be the Sagehens’ final meet before the SCIAC Championships. CMS, on the other hand, has one more invite before SCIACs at the University of California, San Diego April 25.

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