CLAREMONT, CA. – The SCIAC Men's Cross Country Championship ended with a nail-biting finish on Saturday morning at Strehle Track, with Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ending tied at 31 points. The Sagehens ultimately took second due to a tie-breaker rule, seeing four runners finish within the top-10 and 11 in the top-20. Runners who finished within the top-20 were awarded All-SCIAC honors. Ethan Widlansky was the highest finisher among the Sagehens in the 8K race, taking second overall at 24:55.5. Thomas D'Anieri of CMS took first at 24:52.0.
"Ethan and Owen (Keiser) both had strong performances," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "They made the move to really break the race open midway through to give themselves the opportunity to take the individual win. These two are so tough and will continue to be a huge part of our successes in the future."
Owen Keiser followed closely with Widlansky, taking third overall at 25:10.3 and Joseph Hesse-Withbroe crossed in sixth at 25:13.2. Dante Paszkeicz rounded up the top-10 finishers among the Sagehens with a time of 25:20.7. Daniel Rosen crossed just outside of the top-10, taking 11th at 25:27.1. Hugo Ward finished 13th overall after clocking at 25:40.3 and Owen Woo was right behind him in 14th at 25:41.5. Ethan Ashby followed in 15th at 25:41.9 and Jack Rosencrans was in 18th at 25:50.5. Leonard McComas crossed in 19th at 25:56.4 and Oliver Chang rounded up the top-20 with a 20th place finish at 25:59.2.
"I thought we had a strong day as a group with a number of awesome highlights. Obviously at these championship meets we always want to come home a winner, but sometimes all you can do is your best and see how things play out," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "It actually ended up being closer than anyone imagined with it coming down to a tie break for the title. Disappointing for sure, but our group is focused on what comes next; first qualifying for the NCAA championship meet and then trying to place well there. Nothing changes for our group and we still believe big things are ahead!"
Up Next: The Sagehens will race again in the NCAA West Regionals on Saturday, November 16 at Strehle Track at 9:00 a.m.