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CLAREMONT, Calif. – It was a tough two days for the Whittier College Women's Track & Field team facing some tough competition within the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships.
They totaled 34 points beating Chapman and Caltech and narrowly missing an upset bid over the University of La Verne (59.50).
Julissa Tobias (Norwalk, Calif.) raced to a 4 minute and 34 second 1500m breaking the school record previously held by future Hall of Famer Michele Callaway, which places her No. 12 in all of NCAA Div. III. Tobias' time is equivalent to running a 4 minute, 52 second mile. In the end Tobias finished 3rd overall, placing her on the podium with All-SCIAC honors.
Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.) put together a strong race in the 800m placing 2nd overall with a 2:12.86 earning her All-SCIAC recognition. Jessica Iribe (Buena Park, Calif.) kept the momentum going in the 10000m but came up just short of All-SCIAC finishing 5th (38:42.34).
Other runners who placed included Kourtney Brodnax (Culver City, Calif.) in the 400m Hurdles (7th - 68.32), Jessica McCollum (Aurora, CO) in the 3000m Steeplechase (14th – 12:38.37), the 4 x 100 Relay team of Piper Lowinger (Whittier, Calif.), Danielle Guardado (Covina, Calif.), Brodnax, and Sheldyn Odom (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) with a time of 50.63 (5th), and the 4 x 400 Relay team of Brodnax, Guardado, Melissa Tobias (Norwalk, Calif.), and Covarrubias who took 5th (4:12.16).
In the field events, Odom took 12th in the High Jump with a mark of 1.42m, while Tobias took 9th in the Pole Vault (2.62m). Jacqueline Walker (Portland, OR) stepped up in the Long Jump and took 9th jumping 5.13m, while Julia Reyes (La Puente, Calif.) and Christina Prieto (La Mirada, Calif.) led the throws. Reyes went 16th in the Shot Put (8.87m), 15th in the Hammer (28.40m), and 4th in the Javelin (34.41m). Prieto took 9th in the Shot Put (10.32m), and 12th in the Discus (30.39m).
The Occidental Invite is set to begin this Saturday, May 6 hosted by Occidental College with a small contingent of athletes going to participate.