CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 16 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Cross Country Team is ready to pursue the finish line as they head to Chino, California tomorrow for the SCIAC Championship at Prado Park. With nice clear weather in the low 70s expected for tomorrow's race, the stage is set for the Sagehens to chase after their sixth SCIAC title.
"I feel very confident in our team's abilities," said Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "We are highly prepared, we put in hundreds of miles. I know our team is ready to compete."
Helen Guo has put together an impressive junior campaign, winning three SCIAC Athlete of the Week this season and posting a career-low 21:23.3 (6K Run) at the Stanford Invitational. After finishing fifth last season in the SCIAC Championship at 23:18.0 and 79th in the NCAA Championship at 22:05.4, there's good reason to believe Guo will surpass expectations after finishing third overall at the Pre-Nationals at 21:36.4. Her classmate Lauren Hamilton will look to take a top-10 spot in the SCIAC after taking third in the last season's conference championship at 22:43.9. Hamilton has run a season-best 22:31.8 at the Pomona-Pitzer Invite and was 26th in the Pre National meet at 22:42.1.
The Sagehens' depth improved this season thanks to the contributions of a talented first year class. Lila Cardillo has been a much-welcome addition to the team, taking third overall with a time of 22:16.8 and finishing the Pre National Meet in 17th at 22:29.0. Genevieve Dibari has also impressed in her debut season, taking 12th overall at 23:09.9 in the PP Invite.
"We've just been focusing doing the exact same things in practice," said Coach Reynolds. "It sounds cliched but, you just need to put your shoes on and run. The only things that can happen on race day are getting distracted and forgetting that. We've worked really hard on maintaining our focus and competitive spirit."