Pictures by: Kristen Summers
CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Track & Field Team had a record breaking weekend during the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships saving their best for last as they took 5th Overall totaling 78 Points.
Coming into the Championships the Purple & Gold sat with four dual points and in sole possession of 5th Place in the SCIAC Standings. But after the two-day event, Whittier was able to grab 12 points giving them 16 on the year, allowing them to blow out La Verne (11 Points), Cal Lutheran (9 Points), Chapman (1 Point), and Caltech (0 Points).
Whittier was led by record breaking performances by Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.) and the 4x400 Relay Team. Covarrubias took home a 1st Place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:13.31, breaking the Whittier College school record, and now places her 2nd in the West Region and 13th in the NCAA Division III.
The 4x400 Relay team of Elizabeth Donnelly (Langley, WA), Gabriella Torres Joubert (Tacoma, WA), Tiazha Hogue (Redlands, Calif.), and Elyse Espe (Wishon, Calif.) blew out the competition by almost four seconds winning the event with a time of 3:57.37. They now have the Whittier College school record, currently sit 2nd in the West Region and 11th in NCAA Division III.
Jillian Weber (San Ramon, Calif.), Sabrina Van Beek (Atascadero, Calif.) and Vanessa Martinez (La Mirada, Calif.) led the throwers all earning podium finishes. Weber took 2nd overall with a mark of 121'02"in the Javelin, which now places her 6th All-Time. Van Beek took 2nd in the Discus with a throw of 132'10", which puts her 4th All-Time. Martinez rounded out the scoring taking 3rd in the Shot Put with a mark of 11.67m. She edged out Van Beek who took 4th in the event (11.34m). Martinez and Van Beek also had notable finishes in the Hammer Throw taking 5th (39.89m) and 6th (38.41m), each respectively.
Freshman Torres Joubert who is in the running for SCIAC Newcomer of the Year put together a strong effort in the 400m finishing 3rd overall with a time of 58.05, which is good enough to place her No. 2 All-Time. She also joined the 4x100 Relay team of Danielle Guardado (Covina, Calif.), Julia Gonzalez (Yorba Linda, Calif.), and Hogue who posted a time of 49.29 that placed them 5th overall. But with this time they broke the Whittier College school record, while placing them 7th in the West Region.
Espe, who was the SCIAC Athlete of the Week twice this year put together a podium finish in the 400m Hurdles. She posted a time of 62.30, which broke the Whittier College school record. Other notable performances on the day included Hogue going 8th in the 200m (25.97) and Donnelly in the 800m who took 4th with a time of 2:17.39, which now places her 3rd All-Time.
Whittier keeps their season going next Saturday, May 11 when they take part in the Occidental Invite.