Despite small numbers, Poets compete well in Benny Brown Invite
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FULLERTON, Calif. – The Whittier College men's and women's track and field teams took to the track as they competed in the Benny Brown Invitational Friday and Saturday afternoons despite using small numbers, but boasted very strong times and scores.
The Poets took small numbers to the Benny Brown Invite due to the distance runners preparing for the Oxy Distance Carnival, which is a very competitive race that takes place this coming weekend.
Junior Kimble Tillman ran very well with a personal best in the 100 with a time of 11.03 for good enough for 14th. Oreese Hoyes followed close behind with a time of 11.23.
Kevin Curbelo who posted the fastest time in Div. III nationally in the 400 a week prior ran a 22.25 in the 200, while Alex Jungsten went 15.28 as he continues to improve in the 110 hurdles.
John Jackson ran a solid 400 with a time of 52.18, while the 4X100 relay team posted a time of 43.08 for an 8th place finish.
The throwers continued to impress as Brandon Wilcox pushed his school record in the hammer to 165' 6" for finishing him in 10th. He also went 44' 8" in shot put for 12th and 128' 10" in discus. Vaughn Aldape- Soratos also had a strong day with a personal best in the javelin with a 6th place finish with a throw of 168' 4", while Steele Frey took 15th with a throw of 149' 7".
On the women's side, junior Alyssa Sialaris again led the way once again as she placed 3rd in the Javelin, 4th in both shot put and discus and finishing 20th in the hammer. Her marks in order included 128' 9" which was a season PR, 41'6", 129' 11" another season PR mark, and 140' 8".
Carolyn Newswanger also did well in the 100 posting a time of 12.96 and then in the 200 with a time of 27.46.
Up next for the Poets comes the Oxy Distance Carnival set to begin this coming Friday, March 16 at 6:00pm where the men and women distance runners compete against other top running programs at Occidental College.