CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Cross Country program made a strong debut at the 6K Tri Meet against Occidental College and University of La Verne on Saturday morning at Strehle Track as the team saw five runners finish within the top-10, including three freshmen. The Sagehens took first, scoring 27 points, while Occidental followed right behind at 28 for second place. La Verne took third with 81 points.
"I was very happy with how we ran today," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "This meet kicks off our season and is a great way for many of group to get back into competition mode. It's always great to win, but the goal of this meet was simply to go out and compete. I think we are in a great spot to start the season."
First year Ethan Widlansky was the highest finished among the Sagehens, taking second overall at 19:27.00. Fellow classmate Dante Paszkeicz took third, clocking in at 19:33.00, and Oliver Chang finished fifth at 19:37.00.
"It was great to see some of our freshman out at the front of the field," said Coach Carpenter. "Ethan, Dante, and Oliver all made great debuts as Sagehens this morning and led the squad to a meet victory."
"I thought those guys ran with confidence and purpose which is what I am really looking for at this point of the season. I am excited to see how our entire group of freshman can contribute throughout the season."
Senior Peter Davis finished in eighth at 19:44.00 and Hugo Ward took ninth at 19:53.00. Rounding out the rest of the scorers, Carter Floyd took 12th with a time of 20:04.00 and freshman Liam Jones took 13th at 20:08.00.
Up Next: The Sagehens will race again on Saturday, September 8 at 8:30 a.m. at the Biola Invitational.