Athenas Outpacing Competition

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's track and field team took the title of Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) champions on April 27, winning the conference championships with 175 points, to win by 71.5 points over second-place Cal Lutheran. The meet was hosted by Occidental College on April 25 and 27, and the championship was the Athenas' 11th overall title in the past 15 years. The meet concluded an extremely successful season for the Athenas track team, continuing its tradition of excellence and its status as a perennial SCIAC powerhouse.The CMS women's team garnered five first -place performances at the SCIAC championships. Aubrey Doede (CMC '11) cleared 5-1 in the high jump, while Reny Colton (CMC '12) won the high jump with a mark of 37-5.75. The 4 x 400 relay team of Lily Brown ('11), Rachel Bunting (CMC '12), Rebecca Young ('12) and Kelsey Rose (CMC '10) placed first with a time of 3:59.26. Evelyn Ross ('09) took home first place with a time of 11:20.62 in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Katie Harris ('09) shaved nine seconds off her previous personal best in the 1500-meter race, winning with a time of 4:41.03. This mark ranks Harris's time as the eighth fastest in the history of women's CMS track and field. Other notable finishers included Madeleine Miller ('11), who placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.83 and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 67.54, Carly London ('11), who placed sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.13, Rachel Bunting (CMC '12), who placed fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.34 and Riley Grime ('11), who placed third in the 800-meter with a time of 2:19.70. The SCIAC championships is the team's fourth win of the season. The team also took first place at the SCIAC Invitational at Redlands University on March 7, the Top Four Invitational at Occidental on March 14, and the SCIAC Multi-duals at Whittier University on April 11. At the Multi-duals, the Athenas obliterated the competition, winning 7-0. This marked the fourth year in a row that the women finished 7-0 in that meet. Though track and field is generally an individual sport, the CMS track team prides itself on being a supportive and competitive environment that encourages all members to perform their best. Danielle Tucci ('12), in her first year with the Athenas, summed up the spirit and community of women's CMS track: "The track team is like a giant extended family. Everyone has their own quirks and does their own thing, but in the end, we're all cheering for one another and on the same team."