REDLANDS, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Track and Field program will be competing in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship from April 27-28 in hopes of claiming the conference title and see several athletes earn a trip to the NCAA Championship. The Sagehens currently have six dual points, tying for second in the SCIAC with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Occidental College. The championship meet will be determined by a point system: teams score a single point for a dual meet win during the three multi-dual meets in the regular season, and three points for each team they finish ahead of in the Championship meet. The meet will be scored 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for all events.
Cal Neikirk has been a reliable point-earner for the Sagehens in the last few meets, proving to compete alongside the best in a wide variety of events from the hurdles to the high jumps and even the pole vault. He currently holds the fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles at 15.38 seconds after taking second place in the last season's championship. He also boasts a high jump mark of 6-0.75.
Over in the long jump, Ethan Hardacre is listed among the favorites to win it all, boasting a mark of 22-06.25. He also holds a 46-0.72 mark in the triple jump.
The Sagehens boast one of the strongest lineups in the distance events. Carter Floyd is expected to control the 800-meter run, holding the fastest time in the SCIAC at 1:52.37. Over in the 1500m, Daniel Rosen is listed as a favorite with a time of 3:54.84 while Peter Davis is not too far behind at 3:56.28. Andy Reischling has been making waves in the 5,000m, holding a time of 14:23.87 and has the school record in the 10,000m at 29:51.75. Adin Becker is not too far behind in the 10,000m with a time of 30:53.55. Rosen is also primed to repeat as the champion of the 3000m steeplechase, currently holding the fastest time in conference at 9:05.48. Nicholas Beatty and Julian Degroot-Lutzner are also expected to shine in the steeplechase, with times of 9:31.18 and 9:32.76.
Calvin Aylward is set on winning his second SCIAC title in the javelin, leading the field with the best mark of 183-0.
The team will compete at Ashel Cunningham Track at the University of Redlands with the weigh-in starting at 2 p.m. and the first event kicking off at 4 p.m. A daily $10 admission fee will be charged at the main entrance to the track. Students with valid ID, senior citizens, and military with ID will be charged $5 each day. Children under 12 will be admitted free as are student/faculty/staff from any SCIAC institution. Free parking will be available in the dirt lot to the west of the stadium as well as the Chapel parking lot across the street to the south of the stadium.