ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Track and Field is an interesting sport for someone to be a part of, whether they run track or compete in field events. It’s a sport where someone can figure out exactly what they are good at. Is this person quick, or can they go the distance? Whatever it may be, Track and Field brings together many skillful individuals and offers them an experience that they otherwise would not have never been able to have.
The most recent event for Whittier’s Track and Field was a home meet, where they invited the University of St. Thomas, Chapman University, Augsburg University, and Occidental College to the Whittier Twilight Meet. This meet was an important one for Whittier to host, as Poets had to make sure they defended their home turf in every event they competed in. On the overall environment of the meet, first-year Swiftbird Yellow-Hair said that Poets went into the event “to have some fun.” Despite the meet being quite small, with only four schools competing, Poets gave their all in anticipation of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) meet next week.
The Whittier Twilight Meet started off with the field events, and Whittier’s results most definitely gave them a leg up on their competition. On the Women’s side of the competition, second-year Sabrina Van Beek placed first in discus throwing, throwing 37.36 meters. Van Beek would also place second in the hammer throw event, throwing 40.10 meters, and second in the shot put throw event, placing 11.47 meters — just 0.01 meters behind first place. Van Beek has had an outstanding season so far, and her teammates agree. First-year long distance runner Ricardo Lira-Martinez affirmed Van Beek’s successful season and said that Van Beek “has impressed many throughout the season and she has gained lots of school records.”
On the Men’s side, first-year Shazel Skar seemed to have the most consistent scores that night, placing fourth in both the shot put and discus throw. He threw 12.25 meters in the shot put and 38.45 meters in the discus throw. Skar even placed second in the Javelin throw at 37.59 meters.
Track saw some great races, both in long distance and sprints ,that night as well. In the 200-meter run, for Poets; second-year Taizha Hogue and Elyse Espe both scored 26.44 seconds, putting them in the top four for Women’s. First-year Elizabeth Donnelly also impressed in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.45. The Poets also won in the 4x400 meter relay with a combined time of 4:06.96.
Second-year Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels place third in the 100 meters with a time of 11.06 seconds. In the 200-meter race, first-year Cooper Tirado placed second with a time of 22.34 seconds. The 110-meter hurdles saw the only solo win for the Poets in a running event, as second-year Hakim Williams Jr. won by one-tenth of a second, winning with a time of 15.64 seconds. On the long-distance events, second-year Benjamin White placed third in the 5,000-meter event, about three miles, with a time of 15:16.49. White broke the Whittier College record in the 10,000-meter event last month and has the fastest time in Division III. Finally, the Poets won in the 4x400-meter relay as they had a combined time of 3:21:57. The next meet Whittier will be competing at is SCIAC No.3, this Saturday, April 13, and the team is looking forward to it. The field events start at 10:00 a.m., and the running events start at 11:00 a.m. in Memorial Stadium. See you there, Poets!