2017 SCIAC Men's Cross Country Championship Preview

2017 SCIAC Men's Cross Country Championship Preview

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CMS is set to defend both the men's and women's cross country titles this Saturday, October 28 at the 2017 SCIAC Championships at Prado Park in Chino Hills, Calif. The men's race will begin at 9 a.m. with the women's race to follow at 9:45 a.m.

On the men's side, the Stags won the 2016 team championship totaling 47 points, edging both Pomona-Pitzer (51) and Whittier (52) who finished second and third respectively in the 8-kilometer jaunt. CMS has won five straight team championships and eight of the last nine since 2008.

Occidental (81) and Redlands (159) secured fourth and fifth place, while Caltech and Chapman both tallied 179 points to place sixth and seventh respectively. Cal Lutheran and La Verne followed in eighth and ninth 218 and 226 points.  

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY AT A GLANCE

Pomona-Pitzer secured an 8-0 record at the 2017 SCIAC Multi-Dual Meet at La Mirada Park on Sept. 29 led by junior Andy Reischling who clocked a top time of 25:22.86 and was one of four Sagehens to place in the top 10 at the race. Reischling was fourth at last year's championship race with a time of 26:24.80.

Occidental finished the Multi-Duals 7-1 and were paced by senior Austin Sankaran who finished the race fourth overall in a time of 25:57.17, while classmate Keenan Leary added a seventh place mark of 26:04.20. Leary posted a ninth-place mark at the 2016 SCIAC Championships. 

Three CMS runners secured top-10 times, including sophomore Thomas D'Anieri who crossed the line third overall (25:34.83) to help the Stags to a 6-2 ledger and third place in the event. D'Anieri was the top first-year to cross the line at the conference championship a year ago placing fifth overall with a time of 26:25.25.

Redlands notched fourth place at the 2017 Multi-Duals and were paced by senior Sean Unger (27:26.88) and juniors Joseph Esparza and Benjamin Casey. Casey was the Bulldogs' leading harrier at the SCIAC Championship a year ago with a top-25 time of 27:07.28. 

Whittier registered a 4-4 mark at this year's Multi-Duals sparked by last year's SCIAC Athlete of the Year and individual medalist at the SCIAC Championship junior Julian Sandoval. Sandoval galloped to a second place finish at the Multi-Duals this year (25:29.32), and will look to repeat as individual champion following last year's title mark of 25:48.77.

Caltech, which finished sixth at the SCIAC Multi-Duals earlier this season, will look to improve on that finish at the SCIAC Championship. Sophomore Simon Ricci paced the Beavers with a time of 27:09.70 and classmate Tanner Moore added a time of 27:30.68 to place in the top 35. Ricci was the team's fastest runner at the championship a year ago with a top 40 time of 27:52.54.

Cal Lutheran hits the trail at Prado Park after placing seventh at the Multi-Duals behind a top 15 performance from senior Timothy Kahovec (26:46.81). The Kingsmen will look to Kahovec to lead once again after he finished in the top 35 overall as a junior.

La Verne was paced by first-year Matthew Salas who turned in a time of 27:42.27 and finished in the top 40 at the Multi-Duals. The Leopards will look to Salas and junior Samuel Johnny to pace the squad at this year's championship race as Johnny clocked a time of 27:42.60 to finish 36th overall.

Chapman's sophomore Drake Butler was just three places behind Salas (27:50.44) and was the Panthers' top runner at the Multi-Duals in 2017.