Tigers Sweep SCIAC Multi-Dual, Take Down CMS

Tigers Sweep SCIAC Multi-Dual, Take Down CMS

LOS ANGELESJesse Wong ran through food poisoning, Jeh Johnson shocked everyone with a personal record in the 400m and the Occidental men's track and field team put together an impressive team performance, beating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for the first time since 1998 on its way to a 3-0 sweep of CMS, La Verne and Chapman.


Occidental 91, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 72

Occidental 90.5, La Verne 72.50 

Occidental 147, Chapman 15

Season Impact: The Tigers open the SCIAC season 3-0. 

The last time Oxy beat CMS was its last SCIAC Championship under head coach Bill Harvey at the championship meet in 1998. The Tigers hadn't beaten CMS in dual competition since the early 1990s.

Wong won the 110m hurdles, the 400m hurdles and ran a leg of Oxy's winning 4x400m relay team despite throwing up throughout the meet.

"For Jesse to compete and compete as well as he did with what he was going through is heroic," Oxy head coach Rob Bartlett said. "He's a senior, a captain and he set a great example for his teammates."

Wong is the defending SCIAC Champion in the 400m hurdles. 

Johnson surprised everyone when he came from behind to beat All-American teammate Gabriel Barrett-Jackson in the 400m, crossing the line in 47.98 seconds for a personal record. Barrett-Jackson finished fourth in the 400m at the national championships last year.

"Jeh had the race of his life," Barlett said. "We knew he had it in him and that time will almost certainly qualify him for the NCAA Division III National Championship meet later in spring."

Brody Barkan and Austin Sankaran were two of the under-the-radar heroes of the day for Oxy, finishing second in normally dominated CMS events. Barkan went 1:58.25 in the 800m and Sankaran ran 15:26.86 in the 5k.

In the field events, first year Austin Dewitz surpassed SCIAC Champion and teammate Taylor Walton in his first career competition, clearing 6-feet-6 to place first in the event. Walton, who's personal record last year as a first year was 6-10.25, Cleared 6-4 for second place. Dewitz has only practiced once since completing basketball season one week ago.

Andrew Clarey and Noah Winnick carried a major point load for Oxy in the throwing events.

Clarey's best finish was third in the shot put, but he scored for the Tigers in the discus and the hammer as well.

Winnick was second in the shot put, second in the javelin and scored in the hammer.

Stephen Nemeth took second in the pole vault, clearing 13-11.25.

Dual-Meet Points: Dual-meet competition makes up 25 percent of the scoring of the final conference standing.

Next Meet: The Tigers will compete at the Oxy Distance Carnival March 11. They return to SCIAC competition on April 2 at Pomona-Pitzer.

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