CLAREMONT — Taylor Walton gave Oxy fans a sneak peak of what appears to be the start of an incredible career in the high jump and Jesse Wong returned from a season off in great shape as the Occidental men's track and field team opened the season by outscoring the Pomona-Pitzer men in the annual dual meet between the schools, 73-62.
The Oxy women fell 85-50 and Pomona-Pitzer won the combined competition 152-123.
Walton, a freshman from the Branson School in Marin County, jumped 6-feet, 8.75 inches, putting him fifth on Occidental's prestigious all-time list at his first collegiate performance.
Walton will be chasing Joe Faust's 1960 record of 7-feet to be named Occidental's all-time high jump king.
Wong, who sat our last season, beat Bennett Kopperud, the defending SCIAC Champion in the 400-meter hurdles, in the 300m hurdles, crossing the finish line in 40.07 seconds to best Kopperud's 40.77.
For the Oxy women, Isabelle Dunne followed Wong's lead, defeating 2014 400m hudrles conference champion Katie Barton in the 300m hurdles. Dune finished in 48.66.
Occidental Men's Event Winners:
Kyle Dalton, 100m (11.31)
Jeh Johnson, 400m (51.14)
Jesse Wong, 300m Hurdles (40.07)
Taylor Walton, High Jump (6-08.75)
Andrew Clarey, Men's Shot Put (42-09)
Andrew Clarey, Men's Discus (119-09)
Noah Winnick, Men's Hammer (151-06)
Occidental Women's Event Winners:
Mel Devoney, 3,000m (11:16.12)
Isabelle Dunne, 300m Hurdles (48.66)
Chloe Hoeber, High Jump (4-09)
Kimberly Orpinela, Hammer Throw (142-01)
Next Meet: Both teams return to action at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet on Feb. 21 at Pomona-Pitzer.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Like us on Facebook Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram