About the Program

About the Program

Consistently one of the top teams in conference, Pomona-Pitzer's women's cross country team boasts an outstanding history of success. The harriers race over 5000m and 6000m courses, and the list of successful runners who have worn the Pomona-Pitzer singlet is a lengthy one.

Since the inception of SCIAC conference competition in women's cross country in 1977, Pomona-Pitzer's women's team boasts a 192-69-1 record against conference rivals -- a strong .733 winning percentage.

At the conference level, Pomona-Pitzer women have won five team SCIAC titles, and the following individual SCIAC Championship meet victories: Kelly Redfield (1990), Anastasia Finnegan (1998), Laura Bishop (2000 and 2001), Alicia Freese (2007 and 2009), Anna Scharfen (2008), Annie Lydens (2011), Maya Weigel (2015 and 2016), and Helen Guo (2018).

The women's team competes in the NCAA III West Region meet, and has consistently placed well there -- four times earning NCAA Nationals berths as a team, including 2018. Alicia Freese won the 2009 West Region individual title over her home Pomona-Pitzer course, Annie Lydens won the 2010 and 2011 West Region individual titles, Maya Weigel won the 2014, 2015, and 2016 West Region titles, and Helen Guo won the 2018 West Region title - a remarkable seven out of the last 10 individual crowns to Pomona-Pitzer. Individually, 16 Pomona-Pitzer distance runners have advanced to the NCAA III National meet, with Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Kelly Redfield '92 earning All American honors in 1991, Alicia Freese '10 earning All American honors in 2008 and 2009, Annie Lydens '13 earning All American honors in 2010 and 2011, Maya Weigel '17 earning All American honors in 2014, 2015, and 2016, Lauren Hamilton '20 earning All American honors in 2017, and Lila Cardillo '22 earning All American honors in 2018. Lydens earned a 3rd place finish in 2011 to become the highest-ever placing at Nationals for a Pomona-Pitzer cross country runner (man or woman). In 2012, Lydens qualified to the National meet for the third straight year, but she chose not to race because of a conflict with her Rhodes Scholarship interview. In 2014, Maya Weigel earned All-American honors with her 22nd place finish, and then took 3rd place in 2015 to match the program's best finish set by Lydens - and then took 3rd again in 2016 to become a three-time XC All American. In 2016, Weigel also set a course record at home on the Pomona-Pitzer XC course. 

Individual National qualifiers include Amy Phillips and Becky Beal (1983), Cassie Hartzog (1985), Kelly Redfield (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991), Andrea Shane (1989), Judith Alderman (1991), Negar Geula Knowles (1991), Katie Burco and Sonya Patton (1993), Leah Barnes (1998), Anastasia Finnegan (1999), Laura Bishop (2001), Rose Haag (2009), Alicia Freese (2007, 2008 and 2009), Annie Lydens (2010, 2011, and 2012), Claire Brickson (2013), and Maya Weigel (2014, 2015, 2016), Lauren Hamilton (2016, 2017), and Helen Guo (2017).


Success for the women's cross country program isn't limited to the race course. By having a total team roster with a cumulative GPA of over 3.10, the entire squad has earned All-Academic honors nationally every year since the award's beginning in 1994, with the 2014 team's GPA of 3.75 standing 2nd among all NCAA III institutions.

The squad trains on the neighborhood streets and bike paths of idyllic Claremont, and on the rolling dirt fireroads and trails in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains in northern Claremont. In recent years, the cross country team has competed in the Alumni meet at home, the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, the UC Riverside Invitational, the Stanford Invitational, the home Pomona-Pitzer Invite on the trails through the campus Wash area, the SCIAC Multi-Dual Meet in La Mirada Park, the SCIAC Championship Meet at Prado Park in Chino, and both the NCAA III West Region and National meets to cap off the season.

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