DeWitz Leads Oxy Men at SCIAC Meet

DeWitz Leads Oxy Men at SCIAC Meet

LA VERNEAustin DeWitz did it all at SCIAC Multi-Dual No. 1 on Saturday, leading the Occidental men's track and field team to a pair of wins over Caltech and La Verne.

DeWtiz, a sophomore from Oregon City who is fresh off of basketball season, won the 110m hurdles (16.4 seconds), cleared 6-7.5 in the high jump for the 10th best effort in program history and took second place in the triple jump on one attempt, despite not practicing the event since last season.

The Tigers beat Caltech easily, 127-25, and squeaked past La Verne, 85-78. 

DeWitz finished the 110m hurdles and ran the length of the field to get off one attempt in the triple. The only preparation he had for the event was knowing his starting mark. He scored 13 points against La Verne and 15 against Caltech.

DeWitz was the Oxy men's basketball team's leader in minutes played at 36 per game.

Hugh Pegan, the 2016 national champion in the 200m, quietly did almost what has become expected of him, winning the 100m (11.10), the 200m (22.09), the 4x100m and the 4x400m, scoring a total of 20 points.

Pegan teamed up with Chris Rom-Toribio, Keane Collins and Kyle Dalton to run 41.72 in the 4x100m.

The Oxy men's distance crew perfect-scored the Leopards in the 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase and the 5k. Austin Sankaran led the way with a win in the 5k (15:57.23) and Aaron Sugimoto won the steeplechase (10:28.29).

"It's an excellent start to the SCIAC season with two wins," Oxy head coach Rob Bartlett said. "It was all about getting the snowball rolling downhill and now its about making sure it keeps going downhill."

Next Meet: The Tigers are back in action this Friday at the Oxy Distance Carnival at 2 p.m.

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