Pictures by: Kristen Summers
CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Track & Field Team had a huge weekend during the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships placing 5th overall totaling 57.50 Points.
Coming into the Championships the Purple & Gold sat with three dual points and in a tie for 5th with La Verne and Cal Lutheran. But after the two-day event, Whittier was able to grab 12 points giving them 15 on the year, which allowed them to beat La Verne (12 Points), Cal Lutheran (9 Points), Chapman (4 Points), and Caltech (0 Points).
The men saw five podium finishes and another five notable point scorers. Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) led the charge taking 2nd in the 110m Hurdles with a time of 15.44. He currently sits No. 6 in the West Region. Later in the day he took 7th in the High Jump with a mark of 1.77m. He then joined the 4x100 Relay team, which consisted of Somaan Iqbal (Bakersfield, Calif.), Cooper Tirado (Kupolei, HI), and Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels (Sacramento, Calif.), as they took 2nd overall with a time of 42.42. This time places them No. 5 in the West Region.
Tirado, in just his first year with the Purple & Gold also impressed over the two days earning a 2nd Place finish in the 400m with a time of 48.46, which now places him 7th All-Time in the Whittier College Record books, No. 2 in the West Region, and No. 20 in NCAA Division III. Along with being on the 4x100 Relay team, he also ran a leg in the 4x400 Relay with Pridgen-Daniels, Mason Gaw (Redlands, Calif.), and Michael Badillo (Brea, Calif.). The group took 6th overall with a time of 3:24.62, which places them 4th in the West Region.
Craig Rogers (Whittier, Calif.) earned a podium finish in the 110m Hurdles placing 3rd with a time of 15.45. He also finished in a tie for 4th in the High Jump. Garrett Silva (Whittier, Calif.), one of the top Pole Vaulters in Division III also earned a spot on the podium finishing 2nd overall with a mark of 15'3.5". In the throws, Shazel Sakr (Montebello, Calif.) represented Whittier by placing 6th in the Discus and 8th in the Shot Put. Pridgen-Daniels was the final Poet to score finishing 5th in the Javelin, 8th in the 100m (11.24) and 7th in the 200m (22.33).
Whittier keeps their season going next Saturday, May 11 when they take part in the Occidental Invite.