Three Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men's cross country teams competed at the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships at the North Farm Course on the campus of host Principia in Elsah, Ill. Saturday.
SCIAC and NCAA West Region champion Pomona-Pitzer totaled a team score of 282 to finish sixth overall. At-large bids went to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) and Occidental who finished 29th (688 points) and 32nd (784 points) respectively.
Colin Mulligan of Pomona-Pitzer was the first SCIAC athlete to cross the line clocking a time of 24:48.02 in the 8-kilometer race to place 24th overall. James Kinney finished 31st (24:53.45), SCIAC Athlete of the Year and West Region Athlete of the Year Andy Reischling clocked a time of 25:24.59 to finish 81st. Julian Degroot-Lutzner (25:28.14), Carter Stripp (25:51.41), Owen Woo (26:05.36), Nicholas Vucovich (26:06.20) helped pace the Sagehens to an impressive top 10 finish. Mulligan and Kinney each earned All-American honors for their impressive finishes.
Kevin Huang finished 85th overall and paced CMS which finished 29th with a time of 25:25.23. Thomas D'Anieri (25:27.74) finished just eight places behind his Stags teammate. Kyle Suver (26:20.46), Stevie Steinberg (26:43.00), Max Denning (26:47.27), Charlie Harris (26:47.50) and Adam Schulze (28:11.92) rounded out the CMS squad.
Occidental was led by Keenan Leary who clocked a time of 25:19.16 to finish 72nd overall helping the Tigers to a 32nd place finish. Brody Barkan ran a time of 26:15.10, while Thomas Robertson and Michael Caballero added respective times of 26:29.78 and 26:31.25. Jovani Barajas chipped in a time of 26:40.88, while Tristan Santos (27:30.41) and Andrew Jack (27:35.96) rounded out the Tigers' lineup.
Earning individual selection to the NCAA Championship, Cal Lutheran's Timothy Kahovec placed 109th overall with a time of 25:33.02, while Whittier's Julian Sandoval powered to a time of 25:39.34 and a 128th place finish. Joseph Esparza of Redlands added a time of 26:38.29 to earn 245th.