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REDLANDS, Calif. – The Whittier College Track & Field teams ended their 2019 regular season schedule this past week during the Redlands Last Chance meet.
A small group of athletes on both sides competed with the hopes of trying to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships.
Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels (Sacramento, Calif.) had a busy two days competing in four events. He started off in the Javelin Throw taking 4th Overall with a mark of 47.62m. He then returned the second day for the running events first in the 100m taking 18th with a time of 11.11. He also ran in the 200m finishing 8th (22.12) and then wrapped up the day on the 4x100 Relay team.
Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) took part in the 110m Hurdles taking 6th with a 15.75 along with hopping on the 4x100 Relay. David Del Carmen (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the distance taking 8th in the 800m with a time of 2:03.97 and Garrett Silva (Whittier, Calif.) nearly pulled off a podium finish in the Pole Vault taking 4th with a 4.53m mark.
Cooper Tirado (Kupolei, HI) and Eli Bedford (Los Angeles, Calif.) both ran in the 400m. Tirado medaled finishing 3rd with a 48.77 and Bedford would go 8th with a 53.14. They both also competed in the 4x100 Relay.
On the women's side Mariah Baker (San Gabriel, Calif.) got things started in the 100m taking 17th with a time of 13.49. She also ran in the 200m going 14th (28.16). Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the distance taking 2nd overall in the 800m, her top event with a time of 2:14.78.
Elyse Espe (Wishon, Calif.) took part in the 400m Hurdles and she too took 2nd overall with a time of 1:02.28. The 4 x 400 Relay team consisting of Elizabeth Donnelly (Langley, WA), Gabriella Torres Joubert (Tacoma, WA), Tiazha Hogue (Redlands, Calif.) and Espe had a huge day winning the event with a time of 3:57.90.
In the field events Sabrina Van Beek (Atascadero, Calif.) competed in the Discus taking 3rd overall with a mark of 36.34m and Jillian Weber (San Ramon, Calif.) took part in the Javelin taking 4th with a 31.32m throw.
Whittier now awaits the announcement from the NCAA Division III for those who will qualify for the National Championships.