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May 6, 2012

Relay Team Runs Fastest Time, Creeps Closer To NCAA Berth

Los Angeles, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer 4x400 relay team ran a 3:16.47 at the Occidental Invitational for their fastest time of the year, putting them close to qualifying for the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships.

The Sagehen team of Greg Hook, Adam Faison, Matt Sloane and Ryan Meyer (pictured) currently rank 26th nationally, but place 18th when double-entries from the same schools are removed. The top 16 times qualify for the NCAA, leaving the Sagehens two places away from the cutline.

Loras College is currently in 16th place with a 3:16.13, just .34 ahead of Pomona-Pitzer's latest time. The Sagehens will try to make up the difference next weekend at the Cal State Los Angeles Invitational.

Senior Anders Crabo also built on a fantastic spring season for himself with a terrific performance in the 5000 meters. After becoming the first Sagehen to break nine minutes in the steeplechase in 27 years (he currently has the fourth-best time in Division III in that event with his NCAA qualification secure), he broke 15 minutes in the 5000 meters for the first time in his career with a 14:43.04, a 23 second improvement off his personal best (set last weekend at the SCIAC Championships).  

That time vaults Crabo from out of the top 50 all the way up to 33rd nationally this spring. Crabo will go to Cal State LA with a chance of qualifying for the nationals in two events if he can chip a little more time off his 5000. The top 20 individuals in each event qualify, and he is just over six seconds out of 20th place currently. Twelve Division III runners have broken 14:30 so far this season, which is the rough target time for qualification.

Senior Paul Balmer ran the steeplechase at the Occidental Invitational, and crossed the line wiht a time of 9:25.30, which puts him into tenth place in Pomona-Pitzer history.