PALO ALTO, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Cross Country program competed in the renowned Stanford Invitational on Saturday morning, finishing in 13th overall at 341 points. It was a strong showing as the Sagehens edged out SCIAC and D3 West Region rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (14th, 354 points). Stanford won the meet with 62 points, followed by Adams State (69), Washington (90), and UCLA (113).
"This was a strong effort from our team," said Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "Helen ran a very smart, patient race, and her last 2000 meters were very strong. We had good efforts from our first-years, too. This was their first races at the 6000 meter distance after running 3-miles and 5000 meters in high school. They are rapidly adjusting to the our program and to collegiate running. We can still be better, but this is very encouraging."
Junior Helen Guo paced the Sagehens with a sterling 14th place finish in 21:23 over the 6000m grassy loops on the Stanford Golf Course. Guo was the first Division III women across the line, and her time is the best-ever for Pomona-Pitzer at the Stanford Invite. Behind Guo in scoring spots for the Sagehens were Lila Cardillo (51st, 22:27), Madison Ellis (100th, 23:26), Genevieve DiBari (107th, 23:41), and Madeleine Mount-Cors (134th, 24:43). Rosie Linkus rounded up all the Sagehen runners, taking 142nd at 25:09.80.
Up Next: The Sagehens will race again when they host the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday, October 6 at 8:30 a.m.