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By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director


CLAREMONTDeanna Dupuy (Newbury Park) dropped 58 seconds in the 5,000 meters, headlining a crop of Occidental College 5k runners that had big days at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday despite adverse distance running conditions.

It was cold, still damp from a rainy Friday, the meet ran late, there aren't lights at Pomona's track, and most of the other competing athletes had gone home.

But Dupuy, Luis Jochems (Albuquerque), Shawn Dunn (Woodland Hills), Megan Lang (Longmont, Colo.), Tara Saxena (Palo Alto) all still recorded personal bests in the last and longest run of the day.

Dupuy shaved nearly 1 minute off of her personal best from last season in her first 5k of the year.

"That's the single greatest breakthrough that I've seen in my career," Occidental coach Rob Bartlett said. "What Deanna has achieved two short weeks is nothing short of remarkable."

Dupuy made a huge jump in the 1,500 last weekend at Oxy's SCIAC multi dual with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer, finishing the race in 4:56.50.

Of the Oxy women, Lang had the best time (18 minutes, 20.79 seconds), followed by Dupuy (18:28.26) and Saxena (18:51.50).

Lang's mark moves her up one spot on Oxy's all-time top ten in the event to No. 9.

For the Oxy men, Jochems went 15:38.12 and Dunn 15:59.29.

The SCIAC Championship trials are next for both men's and women's team's on April 27 at Redlands.