Pegan, Braun Lead Oxy to Dual-Meet Win Over Pomona

Pegan, Braun Lead Oxy to Dual-Meet Win Over Pomona

LOS ANGELES -- Hugh Pegan broke 11 seconds in the 100 meter in his first meet of the year, Melissa Braun cleared 10-feet, 11-inches in the pole vault for the fourth best mark in Oxy history and the Occidental men's and women's track and field teams combined to beat Pomona-Pitzer in the schools annual dual meet, 141-133 at Jack Kemp Stadium and Bill Henry Track on Saturday night.

Overall Score: Occidental 141, Pomona-Pitzer 133

Men's Score: Occidental 75, Pomona-Pitzer 62

Women's Score: Occidental 66, Pomona-Pitzer 66

Pegan, a sophomore from Ukiah who won the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year Award and was a member of the men's 4x100m All-American relay last season, crossed the finish line in 10.96 seconds for a win in the event.

Braun, a first year from Santa Cruz, put together the standout performance in her first official college meet.

Kera Bartlett holds the Oxy women's pole vault record after clearing 12-8 in 2008.

Sabrina Degnan, another first year, picked up a trio of wins in women's throws. Degnan won the shot with a 33-8.5, the discus with a 109-5, and the hammer with a 105-3.

Senior men's thrower Andrew Clarey opened the season with a bang in the shot put, throwing 43-4.25 for a career best. 

Other standout performances included first year Emma Yudelevitch winning the women's 100m with a 12.69 and first year Cora Davies taking first in the women's 400m with a 1:02.82.

The most exciting race of the evening was the men's 300m hurdles which had three runners break the old meet record. Pomona-Pitzer's Marcus Polk took first with the new record of 39.16 seconds, his teammate Cal Neikir was second at 39.41 and Oxy's Jesse Wong was third at 39.71.

From the Coach: "It was a great start to the season with great energy and focus," Oxy head coach Rob Bartlett said."We added a lot of newcomers to the team and those folks instantly looked comfortable competing at the DIII and SCIAC level."

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