The 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships are set for Saturday, October 27 at Prado Regional Park in Chino, Calif. The women's race will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the men's race set for 9:45 a.m.
MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
The 2018 SCIAC Men's Cross Country Championship features defending champion Pomona-Pitzer which garnered 32 points en route to the program's first conference title since the 2005 season. The Sagehens placed four runners in the top 10, including the SCIAC individual champion Andy Reischling, who clocked a winning time of 25:33.71 in the men's 8-kilometer race.
Occidental finished second overall in the team race, collecting 68 points just nine points ahead of third place CMS which tallied 77 points. In fourth was Whittier with 118 points, followed by Redlands (128), Caltech (169), California Lutheran (179), La Verne (213) and Chapman (253).
Whittier's Julian Sandoval,the top individual finisher in 2016, placed second in a time of 25:44.85, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps's (CMS) Thomas D'Anieri logged a third place time of 25:49.59.
Occidental's Keenan Leary, and Tristan Santos finished fourth and 10th respectively for the Tigers with times of 26:00.61 and 26:24.50. Carter Stripp (26:04.64) and James Kinney (26:08.24) of Pomona-Pitzer secured fifth and sixth place, while teammate Julian Degroot-Lutzner added an eighth place mark of 26:19.98. Kevin Huang of CMS finished the course in 26:10.81 and clinched seventh place honors, while Cal Lutheran's Timothy Kahovec notched a ninth place time of 26:23.83 to round out the top 10 finishers in 2017.
Reischling, who secured three SCIAC Athlete of the Week awards during the 2018 campaign, will put his indvidual title on the line against the likes of Brody Barkan (Occidental), Tucker Cargile (Redlands) and Benjamin White (Whittier) to name a few who will be looking to claim the crown at this year's race. White also earned three SCIAC weekly honors, while Cargile received two.
WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
The seven-time defending women's cross country champion CMS will look to clinch an eighth straight conference title on Saturday after powering to 30 points and a first place finish in the 2017 SCIAC Championship. The Athenas had five runners cross the finish line in the top 10 to help pace CMS to the team championship, led by Bryn McKillop who clocked a winning time of 22:36.55 to earn top individual honors in the women's 6-kilometer race.
Occidental placed second in the team scoring with 80 points, followed by Redlands with 98 points - just six points ahead of fourth place Pomona-Pitzer (104). Whittier finished fifth with 141 points, followed by Caltech (159), Cal Lutheran (192), La Verne (199), and Chapman (225).
Whittier's Julissa Tobias finished just behind McKillop with a second place time of 22:40.32, while Pomona-Pitzer's Lauren Hamilton placed third with a time of 22:43.81.
The Athenas' Malea Martin (23:16.93), Roselyn Cantu (23:26.88), Abby Johnson (23:27.26) and Kyleigh Mann (23:37.21) finished fourth, seventh, eighth, and 10th respectively.
Helen Guo of the Sagehens earned fifth place honors with a time of 23:18.00, while Maria Ramirez of Redlands tabbed a sixth place mark with a time of 23:25.58. Occidental's Roxanne Valle registered a ninth place time of 23:36.55 to round out the top 10 finishers in last year's league championship race.
With the graduation of McKillop, the individual title will be up for grabs with Guo, Ramirez, Valle, Martin, Natalie Marsh (CMS), and Anahy Covarrubias (Whittier) leading the charge. Guo notched a trio of SCIAC Athlete of the Week accolades in 2018.