Track gets lapped at SCIAC Championships

Chapman’s track and field team finished in last place in its second Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships, held Friday and Saturday at Occidental College.

The Panthers finished the meet in ninth place with 12.5 points in the 19 events, six and a half points behind eighth-place Caltech.

Though the standings reflect a poor performance, the runners said they felt the meet was a success because many personal records were broken.

“Despite the standings, we did well in this meet,” said sophomore Lauren Deats. “It was the last one of the season, so there we many personal records and exciting races.”

Deats, who has been a standout sprinter in her two years at Chapman, placed eighth in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 12.79 seconds, and sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.11 seconds. Deats missed her personal record in both races.

“I am excited to have made it to the finals. The conference was faster overall this year and I’m happy that I got to compete with the best sprinters in the conference,” Deats said.

Deats is the school record-holder in both the 100 and 200-meter events.

Junior Charlie Truax placed third in the high jump, which was the highest finish for the team on the weekend.

“It was not a personal record for me, nor was it the second place I was really hoping for, but I still consider it a great success,” Truax said. “Anna (Wlodarczyk, head coach) and I have worked really hard this year to reinvent my form, and I am glad I was able to show how hard we have worked as a team this year.”

While the last place finish is not very encouraging, the team emphasizes the importance of personal records as a goal for each meet.

“I think this season was a success,” said sophomore Jaemi Mansfield. “The team really worked together and supported each other.”

Freshman Cathryne Ramirez, who runs the 5,000-meter, and sophomore Maria Belen Meza, who competes in the triple jump, both set personal records.

The 4×400-meter relay team consisting of Deats, freshman Sara Delucchi, freshman Alyssa Bliss and freshman Alex Bliss set a personal record with a time of four minutes and 15 seconds, six seconds off the school record.

“It is difficult to compete against eight SCIAC schools who have track and field facilities, tradition, experiences with track programs, and four to five coaches who can run 21 events,” said head coach Anna Wlodarczyk. “I am only one full time track coach for the last 22 years, and we have one distance coach who has only 12 hours of work per week of coaching.

The SCIAC Championships concluded the season, but the Chapman team will not take much time off before beginning training for next season.

“I’ll take a couple weeks off, but then start back up in the summer with endurance training and occasionally throwing in some speed intervals,” Mansfield said. “When we get back in the fall, we have conditioning and weight training with our coach.”

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