The Sagehen Report: Week of May 29
Anders Crabo '12 competes in the finals of the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships on Saturday, on his way to earning All-America honors.
The 2011-12 season for Pomona-Pitzer Athletics concluded this week, with Anders Crabo ’12 capping off the year by earning All-America honors in the 3000-meter steeplechase for the second time in his career on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Crabo finished fifth overall in the steeplechase, easily finishing in the top eight to earn All-America distinction. He finished with a time of 9:00.89, which was the second-fastest time in his four-year career. He won his preliminary heat on Thursday to set himself up for a run for the national championship, but Nick Kramer of Calvin set a quick pace and finished with the fastest time in Division III this year by over five seconds (8:51.01), and Crabo was left with too much of a gap to make up in the second half of the race.
In addition to his two All-America honors, Crabo also finished his Sagehen career with four straight SCIAC championships in the steeplechase. He became only the 19th athlete in SCIAC Men’s Track and Field history to win the same event four years in a row, and only the fourth Sagehen to accomplish the feat. He also became the first Pomona-Pitzer steeplechaser to break the 9:00 mark in 27 years, when he had an 8:59.11 at the Mt. Sac Relays in April.
Tommy Meyer ’12 also saw a two-time All-American career come to an end for the Men’s Tennis team, as he fell in a second-set tiebreaker to Paul Burgin of Kenyon in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Singles Championship. Meyer got off to a slow start in the first set, but dug down to push the second set all the way into a tiebreaker before Burgin prevailed. On the women’s side, Jamie Solomon PI ’13 had a tough opening round draw against the top seed in the tournament, Lok-Sze Leung of Middlebury, and withdrew with an injury down 2-1 in the second set.
The Women’s Tennis team was also honored with the ITA Sportsmanship Award for the month of May, while three Sagehens earned Academic All-District honors for their success in athletics and academics: women’s lacrosse player Martha Marich ’12, men’s swimmer Max Scholten ’12, and women’s water polo player Perri Hopkins PI ’12. Marich was also named first-team All-West Region by the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association), while softball player Leah Bleichner ’15 was chosen third-team all-region by the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association).
The Baseball team also earned some significant postseason honors this week from D3Baseball.com. James Campbell ’12 was named a third-team All-American after hitting .397 with 11 homers and 49 RBI this season. Jake Bruml ’15 was named the West Region Rookie of the Year after hitting .323 with five homers and 31 RBI at the plate, and tallying a 7-0 record and a 3.99 ERA on the pitching mound.