WALLA WALLA, WA. – For the second straight year, the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Cross Country Team won the NCAA West Regional on Saturday morning, scoring 54 meet points. The Sagehens finished the meet tied with cross-street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in points scored, but won the tiebreaker due to having the fastest individual finisher at the meet. That finisher was Andy Reischling who won his second straight West Regional title, taking first at 24:49.2.
"Per usual, Andy executed his race plan to perfection," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "With only seven days between this competition and nationals we wanted to win running as relaxed as possible. Andy was able to sit on the lead group early and ease away over the late stages of the race. I am excited to see what Andy can do against the best runners in the country next week."
Junior Adin Becker finished as the second fastest Sagehen in the race, taking 10th overall at 25:23.6. Senior Julian DeGroot-Lutzner ran well, taking 11th overall at 25:23.8. Freshmen Dante Paskeicz took 17th overall, clocking in at 25:26.7 and making it four Sagehens to finish within the top-20.
"It was a bit closer than we were hoping, but anytime you can win a NCAA Regional it is a big day," said Coach Carpenter. "We have a number of talented teams in this region so it's never going to be easy. The main goal of the day was to advance to the NCAA Championship next week and we secured that big with the win today."
Up Next: The Sagehens will run again on Saturday, November 17 at the NCAA Championship in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at 11:00 a.m.