LOS ANGELES — Day 1 of the SCIAC Track and Field Championships, hosted at Occidental College, is in the books and for many of the individuals on the Occidental men and women's teams it will be a day to remember.
Oxy's steeplechasers and field athletes led the charge for the Tigers, competing in the finals of their respective events.
Senior Charlie Sauter (Oakland) was the highlight of the night, finishing second in the 3000 meter steeplechase after a gutsy performance. Sauter went out hard and led the pack for all but the last lap of the race. He finished with a time of 9:23.79 good for a personal best and All-SCIAC honors.
"For [Sauter] to go out with his best ever performance at conference and a personal record, that is a dream ending," Oxy coach Rob Bartlett said.
On the women's side, Tara Saxena (Palo Alto) and Danielle Lyons (Lake Forrest Park, Wash.) were able to post All-SCIAC performances in the 3000 steeplechase. Saxena finished in third place, running a personal best of 11:25.21, and Lyons was right behind her in fourth with a 11:33.13, also a personal best.
Both Oxy teams sit in fifth place. La Verne leads the women's competition with 57 points and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps leads the men's with 57.5.
Kevin Cox (Sedona, Ariz.) grabbed All-SCIAC honors with a fourth-place finish in a long jump competition that was full of drama. Cox had the second longest jump heading into the final round when Justin Schneider of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Jabre Millon of La Verne busted out their best jumps on the day, passing Cox. Despite slipping down two spots, Cox's jump of 22'7" marked an impressive personal best on the season.
In the preliminary races, nine Tigers posted times that will advance them to Day 2 on the championships.
Deanna Dupuy (Newbury Park) finished with the top overall time in the 1500, crossing the line in 4:54.29. Thomas Warfel (Greenbrae) and Colin smith (Las Vegas, Nev.) also qualified in the 1500 on the men's side.
Jonathan Padron (Kapolei, Hawaii), Jesse Wong (San Mateo) and Jenny Quilty (Sheffield, Mass.) will each be heading into Day 2 with the second fastest seed times in their respective events. Padron finished with a 10.74 in the 100, while Wong cruised to a 56.12 in the 400 hurdles. Quilty finished her 200 race with a 25.96, just off her career best.
Other notable qualifying performances came from Rachael Hinkel (Kapaa, Hawaii), sixth in the 100 hurdles, Ayana-Malkia Foster (Oakland), fourth in the 400, and Julie Xu (Northville, Mich.), seventh in the 400 hurdles.
The Tigers will be back on the track at Jack Kemp on Saturday for the conclusion of the SCIAC Championships. The field events will start with the men's hammer throw at 1 p.m. and the running events start at 5 p.m. with the women's 4x100 relay.