Women's Cross Country: Sagehens Qualify for first NCAA Championship Since 2008

Women's Cross Country: Sagehens Qualify for first NCAA Championship Since 2008

WALLA WALLA, WA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Cross Country Team finished in second place with 93 meet points at the NCAA West Region meet in Walla Walla, Washington on Saturday morning. Enduring colder weather than they're accustomed to in southern California, the Sagehens managed to perform well, seeing three runners finish within the top-20. With the second-place finish, the Sagehens qualify for the NCAA Championship as a team for the first time since 2008. Helen Guo was named the individual meet champion, taking first overall with a time of 21:48.5. This marked the seventh time in 10 years the Sagehens had an individual champion in the regional race.

"I'm really happy to win the title, but I'm more happy that our team also qualified," said Helen Guo after the race. "It was fun to lead and win, but it also started snowing during the race and it was very cold! I'm really looking forward to Nationals."

Lila Cardillo continues her extremely impressive first year campaign, taking third overall at the race with a time of 22:18.6, finishing as the fastest first year in the region. Fellow first year Genevieve DiBari crossed in 16th, clocking in at 22:52.1 and her classmate Rosie Linkus took 33rd at 23:15.3.

Coming in 71st, Ariel Kivela timed at 24:17.8 and senior Maddie Bennet took 97th at 25:05.1.

"We ran so well, from number one to number seven," said Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "What a special day for this group! We are excited to return to Nationals and have our team experience all the fun that the National Meet entails. We've put in a lot of hard work to get here and deserve the shot to compete on the national stage. It's going to be a lot of fun!"

Up Next: The Sagehens will run their last race at the NCAA Championship in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m.