Photos by: Kristen Summers
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's & Women's Track & Field teams traveled South over the weekend taking part in the PLNU Collegiate Invitational hosted by Point Loma Nazarene.
On the men's side there were 13 programs who took part with Whittier finishing 7th with 138 points. They ended up beating Ottawa University (AZ) (8th – 107 Points), Vanguard (9th – 63 Points), Concordia (10th – 53 Points), Soka (11th – 12 Points), Marymount (12th – 8 Points), Hope International (13th – 5 Points).
On the women's side 14 teams took part with Whittier also finishing 7th totaling 106.5 Points. They ended up beating Bethel (MN) (8th – 102 Points), La Verne (9th – 90.5 Points), Vanguard (10th – 85 Points), Concordia (Wisc.) (11th – 48 Points), Ottawa University (AZ) (44 Points), Soka (13th – 29 Points), Hope International (14th – 9 Points).
Overall there were 20 personal bests combined. For the men Garrett Silva (Whittier, Calif.) had a breakout performance in the pole vault winning the event with a mark of 15'5". He tied the school record with this height, which places him No. 1 in the West Region and No. 4 nationally. Freshman Daniel Diller (La Mirada, Calif.) also took part in the pole vault taking 7th (12'11.5").
Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels (Sacramento, Calif.) led the sprints taking 9th (out of 44) in the 100m with a time of 11.10. He then returned later in the 200m and placed 10th (Out of 59) with a time of 22.61. Joining him in the sprints was Cooper Tirado (Kupolei, HI) who took 14th in the 100m (11.21) and 7th in the 200m (22.38).
Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) was a dual threat in jumps and hurdles. He took 7th in the 110mH with a time of 16.04, edging teammate Craig Rogers (Whittier, Calif.) who finished 8th (16.21). Williams Jr. then moved over to the jumps and took 4th overall in the High Jump (5'10") again beating out Rogers (7th – 5'8").
Somaan Iqbal (Bakersfield, Calif.) was another Poet to score in the Javelin finishing 6th with a mark of 136'6". He was able to beat out Pridgen-Daniels who finished 8th (128'0").
On the women's side, five Poets had strong performances to lead the Purple & Gold. Tiazha Hogue (Redlands, Calif.) started things off placing 17th in the 200m. She ran to a 26.38, which places her 4th in program history. In the distance Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished 4th in the 800m with a time of 2:17.55. She also added an 11th place finish in the 1500m (4:47.51).
Elyse Espe (Wishon, Calif.) continues to move up in the Whittier College record books. She finished 5th in the 400m with a time of 59.04, which now moves her up into a tie for 2nd All-Time. Elizabeth Donnelly (Langley, WA) placed 8th in the 800m (2:21.34) and Sabrina Van Beek (Atascadero, Calif.) led the throwers finishing 4th in the Shot Put (36'4.25"), 7th in the Discus (114'7"), and 3rd in the Hammer (128'4").
Whittier has a big weekend taking part in SCIAC No. 2, Saturday, March 30 in Pasadena, Calif. Caltech will be the host.