CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Cal Lutheran women’s track and field team got its 2013 season off to solid start, recording two individual titles and eight top-five finishes Saturday afternoon at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers Meet.
Freshman Amanda Hamilton captured the triple jump championship in her first collegiate meet with a leap of 11.03 meters. Her teammate, Charissa Shoecraft, finished in fifth-place with a jump of 9.93 meters.
Hamilton also captured the 400 meter hurdler title in a time of 1:08 while fellow freshman Scout Gibson came in second in a time of 1:12.13.
The next best finisher for Cal Lutheran was Melissa Skiiba in the 3000 meter run. The junior transfer from UCLA finished second with a time of 10:05.91. The Regals were well represented in the race with Ashley Frese finishing 13th while Chelsea Feller, Taelor Young, Natalie Bullock, and Amanda Miller finished 22nd -25th.
Lauren Rohach placed third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.39 and finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 5.15 meters. Kendall Sauter finished one spot ahead of Rohach in the long jump, placing third after a leap of 5.21 meters.
Lauren Kennedy had a strong 100 meter hurdle race, recording a time of 15.90 which was good for fifth place.
Brianna Panapa rounded out the top finishers for Cal Lutheran, placing third in the hammer-throw with a mark of 42.12 meters. She also placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 9.7 meters while her teammate Tori Dahl finished eighth after a toss of 9.41 meters. Panapa also claimed fifth in the discus throw with a mark 32.22 meters.
Cal Lutheran closed out the meet with the 4x 100 meter relay race. The relay team made up of Sauter, Amy Galipeau. Audrey Dow and Rohach narrowly missed out on the title, finishing with a time of 49.85, just .03 seconds behind the first-place finisher.
The Regals will hit the track again Saturday, Feb. 23, when they return to Claremont to participate in the Rossi Relays.