Men’s and women’s track and field finish second and third at SCIACs

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The Occidental men’s and women’s track and field teams took home silver and bronze at the SCIAC Championships April 28-29 at Pomona-Pitzer. The men’s team finished just a point and a half behind conference champions Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, while the women’s team finished just half a point behind second-placed Redlands.

On the men’s team, Austin Dewitz (sophomore) won the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 9 inches on day one, while the Tigers took home several wins on day two. Hugh Pegan (junior), the reigning Division III national champion in the 200m, won both the 100m and 200m Saturday. He also ran a leg for the winning 4×100 and 4×400 teams.

On the women’s side, Sabrina Degnan (sophomore) won the javelin throw. She now stands alone with the longest javelin throw in Occidental history at 147 feet. Isabelle Dunne (junior) won the 400m hurdles and Roxanne Valle (sophomore) took home top prize in the 5000m.

Head track and field coach Rob Bartlett expressed his pride in both teams’ performances.

“I’m very proud of both teams’ effort and attitude,” Bartlett said. “They fought hard for each other and had some inspirational performances over the two days of finals.”

With the conference season over, Bartlett and the Tigers now set their sights on the NCAA Division III National Championships in Geneva, Ohio at the end of May.

“We’re hoping to take as many people as possible to nationals,” Bartlett said. “Right now we have seven people in qualifying positions, and we’re hoping a few more will join them in the last three weeks of the season.”

The Tigers will be sending Degnan, Pegan and others, depending on qualifying results — to the national championship meet May 25-27.

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