2009 Spring Break Sports Update


Author: Henry Meier

Oxy’s baseball team had a rough go of it during spring break. Coming into the week they were sitting at .500 after a rough 0-6 start to conference play. But with a small break in SCIAC games the Tigers were looking to regroup and get back on track. It was not to be. Instead the team dropped three of four games during the week, including a tough 14-3 loss at the hands of Menlo College. The Tigers will look to bounce back this week with games at home against Principia University on Wednesday, March 18 and Chapman on Sunday, March 22.

While the baseball team was sweating it out on the field, the women’s water polo team was busy in the pool, playing a total of 11 games over the course of the break. It was a week of mixed results for the Tigers who we’re able to come away with five victories but lost another six games all in non-conference play. Oxy played against some stiff competition including 7th ranked DI Cal and 16th ranked DII UC San Diego both of whom the Tigers lost to. With two more games scheduled before the start of SCIAC play, the Tigers are looking to fine tune before beginning their conference schedule. They will face off against Macalester this Wednesday, March 18 and George Washington on Thursday the 19th.

Oxy’s Track & Field team also was busy over break hosting both the Oxy Distance Carnival, and the SCIAC Top-4 meet. The Carnival featured over 25 colleges and universities as well as numerous independently affiliated runners. Oxy distance runner and SCIAC Cross Country Runner of the Year Eric Kleinsasser (first-year) finished 11th out of a crowded field of 80 in 5000m. A day later the Tigers were back to hosting, competing against top SCIAC competition in both track and field events. Oxy’s women’s team placed third in Top-4 meet behind CMS and Cal Lu. The men placed second, also behind CMS. Individually Kera Bartlett (senior) pole vaulted a meet best 11 feet 5 ¾ inches. Oxy’s men completely dominated the 1500m run taking the top four spots led by Clay Hoadley (senior) who paced the field with a time of 4:06.63.

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