Quilty, Foster impressive in first meet

Quilty, Foster impressive in first meet
By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

CLAREMONTJenny Quilty (Sheffield, Mass.) posted some solid marks despite fighting illness, Ayana-Malkia Foster (Oakland) had her best opening time in the 400-meter and the Occidental College women's track and field team opened its season at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet on Saturday.

Quilty ran the 100 in 13.21 seconds and the 200 in 26.92. Her 200 was good enough for fifth place with just one SCIAC runner finishing above her.

"Jenny is one of the most talented sprinters in the SCIAC and she should be a force to be reckoned with in the coming months," Occidental track coach Rob Bartlett said.

Foster finished third in the 400, crossing the line in 1:01.95.

"Foster's had a pretty injury-riddle career so far," Bartlett said. "But she's is healthy now and looking to be an All-SCIAC athlete for the third year in a row."

Hailey Mayer (San Diego) picked up where she left off at the end of last season in the triple jump, leaping 9.79 meters for seventh place.

"Hailey has really taken it upon herself to have her best season ever as a senior," Bartlett said. "Her opening mark really shows that."

Andrea Attenasio (West Newbury, Mass.) finished third in the women's pole vault (3.2 m) and fifth in the high jump (1.47 m).

The Oxy women's team is back in action next Saturday at the Ross Relays hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.