Warriors set records at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational
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Westmont’s men’s and women’s track team had a busy weekend, as they hosted the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational on Friday and Saturday, then competed at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational meet on Saturday.
Even though Westmont athletes did not compete during the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational on Friday and Saturday, the Santa Barbara Track Club hosted this meet and competed against various colleges or universities, such as strong competition from Azusa Pacific University, Mount St. Mary’s University, Oiselle, and Athletics Canada.
On Saturday, the Warriors travelled to Pomona, where they competed in the annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational meet. Overall, the Warriors were a remarkable success, as two new Westmont school records were set, along with some personal records and Outdoor National qualifying times.
For the men, junior Pieter Top set a new school record in the men’s 400 meters, with a time of 47.88 that automatically qualified him for a spot at Nationals. Junior Michael Oldach set two new personal records during the meet. In the men’s 1500, his time of 3:51.77, which is his new personal record, automatically qualified him for Nationals as well.
For the women, sophomore Sydney Marr broke Westmont’s record for the third time this season in the women’s hammer, with a throw of 54.92 meters. Junior Emily Parks qualified for Nationals with a finishing time of 56.84 seconds in the 400 meter dash, which is also a new personal record for her. Additionally, senior Dana Nemitz qualified for Nationals in the women’s pole when she cleared 3.70 meters. Junior Nadya Wisham has a provisional qualification mark for Nationals due to her 11.40 meter triple jump in the women’s triple jump.
“As a whole, I thought that the Pomona-Pitzer meet was run quite well and there was plenty of competition which made for an exciting day,” said sophomore Will Warner. “Honestly, I think the team did quite well and everyone truly showed up to compete. While some may not have gotten the exact marks they wanted or were striving for, they still gave their races all they could and represented Westmont strongly.”
“As a unit, I do believe we achieved our goals and we’re always looking to improve times, jump and throw farther, and come into every meet to do our best,” added Warner. “Our team has some serious talent and it’s amazing what new things teammates are bringing to competition days.”
He concluded by saying, “With two weeks until the GSAC championship meet, a lot of the training and racing is focusing on tweaking little things to go out there and win conference again on the men’s and the women’s sides. We’re training to compete and see what we can do with our talents, so it will be exciting to see where everyone is at come the GSAC Championships.”
This upcoming weekend, the Westmont Warriors will be hosting Biola in a Dual Meet on Saturday at noon.