Consistently one of the top teams in conference, Pomona-Pitzer's women's track and field team boasts an outstanding history of success. Whether running, jumping or throwing, the list of successful athletes who have worn the Pomona-Pitzer singlet is a lengthy one.
Since the inception of SCIAC conference competition in women's track and field in 1977, Pomona-Pitzer's women's team boasts a strong winning record against conference rivals.
At the conference level, Pomona-Pitzer women have won five SCIAC team titles, and numerous individual event SCIAC Championship crowns.
Jenny Stary '80 holds the SCIAC record for individual event titles with an amazing 19 crowns won between 1977 and 1980. Pomona-Pitzer boasts five women among the 18 in SCIAC history with five or more conference crowns: Stephanie Shideler (7 titles between 1994-1997 in the 800m and 1500m), Kiyomi Parish (6 titles between 1994-1997 in the hammer and shot put), Natashia Harris (6 titles between 1995-1998 in the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles), and Anastasia Finnegan (6 titles between 1998-2000 in the 800m and 1500m). Stary won the shot put and javelin all four years from 1977-1980, Parish won the hammer all four years from 1994-1997, and Shideler won the 800m from 1994-1997.
The women's team competes in the NCAA III, and regularly sends individuals on to the National Championship meet in a variety of events. Parish held the NCAA III record in the hammer at 187'9" and was a three-time National Champion. In addition, Parish advanced on the U.S. Nationals (including the '96 Olympic Trials) three times, with a high finish of 3rd in 1997. In 2017, Maya Weigel won the NCAA III title in the 5000m.
Among a long list of Pomona-Pitzer All Americans at the NCAA III Nationals are Brenda McIntyre (3rd in the javelin) in 1984, Becky Beal (4th in the 1500m) in 1985, Kendra Brandrup (3rd in the 400m) in 1986, Ginger Ferguson (2nd in the javelin) in 1986, Brittany Burch (3rd in the heptathlon) in 1992, Stephanie Shideler (2nd in the 1500m) in 1997, Kate Hill (2nd in the hammer) in 2000, Alicia Freese (2nd in the 10k, 5th in the 5k) in 2010, Annie Lydens (2nd in the 5k) in 2011, Maya Weigel (7th in the 1500m) in 2015, Weigel again in 2016 (2nd in the 1500m and 3rd in the 5000m), Weigel in 2017 (1st in the 5000m), and Helen Guo (2nd in the 5000m) and Jessica Finn (6th in the javelin) in 2018.
In combination with its high athleticism, Pomona-Pitzer's women's track and field teams regularly earn All-Academic honors from the US Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), with the 2013 squad earning the highest cumulative GPA in the nation.
PHOTO GALLERY OF TEAMS (SINCE 1989)
The squad trains on the bright blue and extraordinarily fast Strehle Track at Pomona College. Completed in 1985 and resurfaced in 1993, 2001, and 2011, the Strehle Track complex is one of the nation's premier facilities. The custom-ordered polyurethane surface allows both track and field athletes to train and perform under optimal conditions, and is the reason April's Pomona-Pitzer Track and Field Invitational has become one of the top meets in Southern California.
In recent years, the track and field team has hosted a February All-Comers meet, a conference competition in March, and the large Invitational in April. In addition, the squad competes in area invitationals against NCAA I, II, III and NAIA teams. The season is capped off with the SCIAC Championships and the NCAA III National Championships at the end of the season.