Oxy Track Teams Open the Season at Pomona-Pitzer Meet

Oxy Track Teams Open the Season at Pomona-Pitzer Meet
By Alex Nieves
Sports Information

LOS ANGELES The sprinters and field event athletes of the Occidental track and field teams opened their competitive season on Saturday, traveling to the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet. The meet offered the opportunity for the returning Tigers to knock off some of the early season rust and for first-year athletes to experience their first collegiate competition.

Freshmen Onyekachi Nwabueze and Kyle Dalton led the way for their squads, putting in a pair of impressive performances at their opening meet.

Nwebueze finished second overall in the 100 meter with a time of 13.05 and was the highest finisher among all SCIAC women in the event. She followed that performance with a 26.29 in the 200 meter, also good for second in that event.

Dalton tallied a pair of top 10 finishes, placing eighth in the 100 meter and sixth in the 200 meter. His times of 11.40 and 22.81 respectively are very impressive times to open the season, according to head coach Rob Bartlett.

Junior Jenny Quilty finished fifth in the 100 meter and third in the 200 meter for a strong start to her campaign and Ayana Foster finished eighth in the 400 meter to round out the top 10 finishers for the women's sprinters.

Senior Alex Ringold was just .04 seconds of his 100 meter personal best in his first race of the year, running an 11.78. First-year Jeh Johnson opened strong in the 400 meter, missing his high school best by under half a second, while Sophomore Gregory Capra posted a 400 meter time over a second faster than his time at the same meet last season.    

Senior Kevin Cox had a strong day in the long jump, posting a jump of 6.46 meters on a six-step, rather than an eight-step, approach.

Freshman Olivia Baker finished in sixth and third in the long jump and triple jump respectively, similarly utilizing a shorter approach.

Freshmen Stephen Nemeth opened just short of a career best height in the pole vault, going 12-00.00 feet.

Junior Kimberly Orpinela posted a solid throw of 37.23 meters in the hammer and all five men's throwers received praise from the coaching staff.

The distance crew will join the Tigers sprinters and field eventers as the entire team travels to the Rossi Relays at Claremont College on Sat. 22.