CHINO HILLS, CA. – The No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Cross Country Team battled through eight kilometers of Prado Park on Saturday morning at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship and pulled through with a first place finish, their first since 2005. The Hens won with 32 points ahead of second place Occidental College (68 points) and third place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (77 points).
The Sagehens saw four runners finish in the top-10 and seven in the top-15, with junior Andy Reischling taking first place to be named meet champion. No other program had three runners in the top-15 at the meet as the Sagehens took home eight All-Conference awards.
"Today was really a day of redemption for a lot of our returners from a year ago," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "Last year we felt we had a team that could win, but come race day things didn't shake out the way we had hoped and we lost the meet by an excruciating four points."
Reischling bounced back from a fourth-place finish last season, taking first place at 25:33.71. His time puts him in third for the best times posted at Prado Park by a Sagehen. Carter Stripp was the second-highest finisher among the Sagehens, taking fifth overall at 26:04.64. Last season, Stripp did not finish in the top-20. James Kinney finished right behind Stripp in sixth place, crossing at 26:04.64. Rounding out the top-10, junior Julian Degroot-Lutzner improved from his 11th place finish last season, crossing in eighth at 26:19.98.
Up Next: After taking the conference title, the No. 5 Sagehens will begin preparing for the NCAA Division III West Region Championship with hopes of qualifying for the National Championship. The Sagehens will remain home for the event which will begin on Saturday, November 11 at 10 a.m.