GENEVA, Ohio — Hugh Pegan picked up three All-American awards as the Occidental men's track and field team finished strong at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.
The Tigers scored in the 200m, the 4x100m and the 4x400m, finishing 20th overall. It's the best finish in the country for any SCIAC men's team.
Pegan, the 2016 200m national champion, finished fifth in the event at 21.22. He also ran a leg on Oxy's 4x100m team (Jeh Johnson, Pegan, Keane Collins and Kyle Dalton) that placed sixth at 41.37, and on Oxy's 4x400m team (Jeh Johnson, Caldwell Biddle, Gabriel Barrett-Jackson and Pegan) that placed third at 3:11.50.
Oxy sent eight athletes total to the NCAA Championships (seven men and one woman). Austin DeWitz took 16th in the high jump on Friday and women's thrower Sabrina Degnan placed 16th in the javelin on Thursday. Gabriel Barrett-Jackson also qualified and participated in the 400m.
In total, the Tigers take home nine All-American honors.
It's been a successful season for the Oxy men who closed more ground with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for the third year in a row, losing to the Stags at the SCIAC Championship meet by 1.5 points on the very last race.
Led by Degnan, the Oxy women were narrowly edged for second, placing third at the SCIAC level.
Oxy's coaching staff also received proper recognition for the Tigers' year. Head coach Rob Bartlett was named the SCIAC Men's Coach of the Year and assistant coach and sprints specialist Tyler Yamaguchi was a named the USTFCCCA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the third year in a row.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram