CLAREMONT, Calif. – Over the weekend the men’s and women’s Occidental College track & field teams got the 2011 season underway when they traveled to the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet to represent the Black and Orange for the first time this spring.
A week removed from a successful inter-squad meet, the Tigers sprinters and field event participants traveled East down the 210 to compete from athletes around the region.
The sprinters look to be in great early season form. Highlighting the men's team has been first year sensation Jonathan Padron who won the 150 meter time trial against his teammates in a hand timed 16.5 and then opened up his collegiate career this weekend with a 11.06 100 meter. Keep an eye on the freshman who potentially could make a run at the Oxy All-Time List in the event this season.
Classmate, Ryan Metzler was right on Padron’s heels in the 150 meter time trial, in 17.2, running a 23.16 200 meter race over the weekend.
Throwing for the men’s team this spring, Coach Chris Witscher has high hopes for sophomore Alex Bogrand and freshman Dalton Spinas. This weekend Bogrand set personal bests in both the discus and hammer and will look to improve his discus to over 140' this year. Spinas, a stand out offensive lineman for the football team, boasts high school bests of 51'11" and 159"3" in the discus and will add some much needed depth and quality to the Tigers’ throwing group.
For the women’s team, junior Meghan Fruth, the 2010 SCIAC runner-up in the 400 meter, has looked impressive. At PP she ran a 60.29, 400 meter, two seconds faster than she ran at the same meet last year. Freshman Ayana-Malkia Foster has also showed some early promise in the quarter with a 62.47 showing behind Fruth at Pomona-Pitzer.
In the field events, senior Kelly Young is off to a strong start after finishing third in the Nation at the Division III National Championships a year ago. She opened her senior campaign throwing 150'8" in the hammer, 122'4" in the javelin and 40'11/2" in the shot put.
Although the distance runners will not open their season until the Rossi Relays at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday, Feb. 26, they have looked impressive in practice so far and gave a strong showing at the inter-squad meet.
The Tigers will be back on the track and in the field on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the all-day Rossi Relays on the campus of CMS.