LOS ANGELES — Under unfamiliar Friday night lights, the Occidental track and field teams hosted elite collegiate and professional competition at the annual Distance Carnival and Sprints Festival.
Junior Colin Smith stole the show for the Tigers in the final event of the night, grabbing a sixth-place finish in a crowded 10,000-meter race. Smith was able to break the 31-minute mark in his first attempt at the distance, finishing in 30:54.36. This time ranks third in Division III so far this season.
Raoul Friedemann managed a 31st place finish overall in the 800-meter, taking fifth in his heat. He finished the race in 1:59.60, breaking the 2-minute barrier in only his second collegiate 800.
On the women's side Mel Devoney put in the top performance of the night, taking 24th place in the 5000-meter with a time of 18:13.74. Joining Devoney as the only other female distance runner to post a top-30 finish, Jennifer Zhu crossed the finish line in her 1500-meter race in 28th with a time of 5:03.60.
The men's 100-meter runners opened the meet on a high note, placing four runners in the top 25. Kyle Dalton and Kevin Cox both took home top-10 finishes, coming in fifth and eighth with times of 11.08 and 11.28 respectively. Jeh Johnson grabbed an 11th place finish at 11.28, while Alex Ringold's 1.68 was good for 22nd.
Ayana Foster took seventh place in a 400-meter field that included Olympian Lashinda Demus, completing the race 1:00.71.
The Tigers return to action on March 29, hosting the SCIAC Multi Dual #2.