Curbelo earns back-to-back All-American honors; Sialaris falls short in shot put and javelin
Photos by: Lance Franey
CLAREMONT, Calif. – In Whittier College history no athlete has ever achieved two All-American honors, but sophomore Kevin Curbelo earned the first this afternoon as he finished 5th in the 400m to earn his second straight All-American recognition.
Curbelo who came into the 400m finals with the third fastest time posted a 47.01 that was good enough for fifth. His SCIAC counterpart Marcus Fortugno who won the 400m last year as a junior fell short at the very end to finish second.
Alyssa Sialaris who grabbed her first All-American honor two days ago finishing fifth in the discus fell short this afternoon in both the shot put and javelin finishing in twentieth place and tenth place, each respectively. She started the afternoon off with shot put and posted a mark of 42"1.25' but it wasn't good enough to get in the top nine.
In the javelin she posted a mark of 136-11 and was holding onto a sixth place spot after her first heat but saw four girls in the second stanza top her mark forcing her into tenth and out of the finals stopping her quest for a second All-American honor short.
The good news for Poet fans is both of these athletes are back, Curbelo for his junior year and Sialaris for her senior season and Kimble Tillman who fell short in yesterday's 100m is also back for his senior year as well. This appearance in the NCAA Div. III Track & Field Championships by the Poets is the most ever in Whittier College history and head Coach Dave Hogan is looking forward to building upon this strong finish and looks for it to carry over into the 2012-13 season.