DMR Team Repeats as Rossi Relays Champions for CMS Men's Track and Field
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's track and field distance medley relay team defended its title to highlight the performance for the Stags at the annual Rossi Relays, held at the Burns Track Complex on Saturday.
The quartet of senior Wilson Ives, sophomore Jamie Cockburn, first-year Kai Dettman and sophomore Miles Christensen finsihined in 10:08.48 to win by just over two seconds over Division II Cal Poly Pomona. The time is the fifth-best in program history, passing the 10:11.79 that last year's Rossi Relays champion DMR team earned, which also included Ives and Christensen (as well as Ben Iten and Max Denning).
The CMS "C" team also finished fourth in the DMR out of 19 entrants, with junior Stevie Steinberg, Denning, first-year Noah Nevens and first-year Henry Pick finishing in 10:27.38, behind the Stag winners, Cal Poly Pomona and UC San Diego.
Junior Alex McDonald, a returning NCAA Division III qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles, established himself as another top contender in that event this season, coming in third place out of 30 runners behind only Noah Rogers of the Australia National Team and Kiasa Salgado of UC San Diego (a program in transition to Division I). Senior Walker Quinn was third in the pole vault at 15'7" as he prepares to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships next month.
Senior Reese Peterson was eighth in a deep field in the shot put with a top throw of 45'9.75" in an event that saw him win a SCIAC title last year. Peterson was also sixth in the discus at 148'1" and the hammer (155'4") for three top-10 finishes. Senior Maxwell Knowles was third in the javelin at 187'8", but was behind only Shu Mori of the Japanese club Yamada Denki (228 feet) and Zach Munoz of Division II Azusa Pacific.
First-years Nick Ong and Christian Campbell continued to impress in the 100 meters in their rookie seasons, virtually tying for 10th place with an 11.07 each out of 76 competitors (Ong ended up 10th by a few thousandths of a second). They also contributed to a fifth-place finish in the 4x100 relay, along with sophomore Jamie Cockburn and junior Henry Sojico, finishing in 42.83.
The 4x800 relay saw CMS come in fourth place, with first-year Kai Dettman, sophomore Keizo Morgan, Ives and junior Daniel Sealand finsihing with an 8:02.12 to end in fourth out of 12 teams.
CMS will be back in action for outdoor competition in two weeks for the first SCIAC Multi-Dual, which will be hosted by Whittier on March 7.