NEW ORLEANS, LA. – The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named two runners from the Pomona-Pitzer Cross Country Programs West Region Athletes of the Year while Men's Head Coach Jordan Carpenter took his second consecutive West Region Coach of the Year. Helen Guo of the women's program earned her first West Region Athlete of the Year honors while Andy Reischling of the men's team won the award for the second straight season.
Guo took first overall in the NCAA West Region meet at Walla Walla, Washington, clocking in at 21:48.5. She also won the SCIAC Individual title earlier this season and became the second female athlete from Pomona-Pitzer to win the West Region Athlete of the Year within the past five years. Maya Weigel was the last runner to take the honors back in 2016.
Andy Reischling won the individual title at the NCAA West Region as well, finishing with a time of 24:49.2. Like Guo, Reischling won the SCIAC Individual title as well.
"Andy has been dominant within our region all season long," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "He hasn't lost to anyone from the West region all season, and has been historically dominate within the West and SCIAC conference these past two years. I always say the same things when asked about Andy. He puts in the work required to be great, and when push comes to shove he truly wants to be really, really good in this sport."
Coach Carpenter earned his second straight West Region Coach of the Year award for the second straight season, a remarkable feat in his young coaching career. In addition to guiding the Sagehens to a West Region victory, he led them to back-to-back SCIAC Championship titles.
"I appreciate the recognition from the West Region Coaches," Coach Carpenter remarked. "I think this award speaks not only to our great team of runners, but also to the great team of coaches and support staff within the Pomona-Pitzer athletic department. Also, it certainly doesn't hurt having the West Region runner of the year on your team either. Andy continually makes me look good."