LA CROSSE, WI. – The final day of the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship bode well for the Pomona-Pitzer Men's and Women's Track and Field program as the afternoon ended with two Sagehens, Andy Reischling and Helen Guo, taking home All-American honors. Despite the heat and the high humidity over in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the Sagehens battled through the elements and showed their best effort at Roger Harring Stadium.
Andy Reischling took home his second All-American award at the meet after finishing third place overall in the 5000-meter run final at 14:37.84. It was a close through in the final third of the race as Reischling briefly held the lead in the eighth lap, but Grant O'Connor of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Will McDermott of Widener moved ahead as Reischling did his best to keep up in a race that could have gone either way.
"The weather was certainly a challenge, but one that everyone had to deal with," said Men's Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "Often with weather like this you will see the distance races be very tactical, as nobody wants to push the pace and risk fading in the heat. This type of race favors guys who close very well. Andy is more of a strength runner who relies more on his superior fitness. We knew this might be a possibility, so heading into the 5k for Andy we wanted to make sure the early pace was honest. Andy did some of the early leading to ensure that the race for the All American positions would be between the most fit guys in the race. This plan worked perfectly and when Andy took the lead it broke a lot of the field and left only a group 5 or 6 guys vying for the top spots."
Guo finished second overall in the 5000-meter run final to take her first All-American honor, clocking in at 16:39.75. She was in a tight head-to-head battle with Bryn McKillop of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps until McKillop managed to edge ahead in the final lap.
Over in the 3000-meter steeplechase final, Danny Rosen finished 14th overall with a time of 9:49.20.
Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong took 20th overall in the Triple Jump final with a mark of 11.47m (37-07.75).
"I was so pleased with Vicky's and Helen's efforts today," said Coach Reynolds. "Vicky had two strong initial jumps, and her third jump was a monster one, but she fouled at the takeoff board, unfortunately, so it didn't count."
The men's program concludes the season with it's first SCIAC Conference title in 27 years and two All-American awards, courtesy of Andy Reischling.
"Overall, I thought things went solid. Obviously there were some highs and lows for our group this weekend," said Coach Carpenter. "Andy ran two great races and put himself in the mix for the national title. The 10k, 5k double is very tough so to be top 4 in both is a huge feat. Danny and Carter will leave a bit disappointed as both believed they had more, but they are both underclassmen and I am confident they will be back. This is great experience for them and they certainly learned a lot. I expect us to be further up in the team battle next season as we return all three of our national competitors."
The women's program finishes the season with two athletes taking All-American honors, with senior Jessica Finn having placed sixth in the Javelin on Thursday, May 24 and Guo finishing second in the 5000-meter.