Track and field sees five first-place finishes at Twilight Invitational

Derek Ohara sprints across the finish line.
Derek Ohara (photo by Larry Newman)

ORANGE, Calif. – The Chapman University men's and women's track and field teams made a successful debut appearance at the Whittier Twilight Invitational, filled with multiple top finishes and personal bests. The teams had a combined five first-place finishes and seven individuals who set personal records.

Junior Derek Ohara had two standout races, taking second place in the 100m dash and third place in the 200m dash. Ohara broke the 11-second mark, running a new personal best of 10.99 in the 100m. With this new personal best, Ohara has now ranked sixth overall in the SCIAC with conference championships only three weeks away.

On the field side of the team, junior Lauren Miller had a record-setting day with two personal bests in both the shot put and discus. Miller took second place in the discus overall with a mark of 31.35m and third place overall in the shot put with a mark of 11.45 m. Senior Cedric Cole throws team captain commented, "Lauren has been working hard in the ring this year and I couldn't be prouder her performance," regarding Miller's accomplishments at the meet.

Sophomore Emma Eglington and freshman Davis Carmichael also ran excellent 5000m races. Eglington took first place in the women's 5000m with a time of 18.58. Eglington led the pack of runners from the start to finish of the 12.5 lap race. In the men's 5000m race, Carmichael set a big 74-second personal record running a time of 16.58.

After a positive day at the Twilight Invitational, the team is now getting ready for their final SCIAC multi-dual of the season on Saturday, April 13th held at Occidental College.

by Mia Hernandez
Contributor

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