The Southern Californina Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) will be well represented at the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 17 at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wis.
The women's race will begin at 9:15 a.m. PT with the men's event set to begin at 10:15 a.m. PT.
On both the men's and women's side, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) and Pomona-Pitzer automatically qualified for the national races while a total of six individuals (three men, three women) also qualified to compete on Saturday. CMS and Pomona-Pitzer tied for the top spot in the men's team standings at the NCAA Division III West Region Championships, while the Athenas were the top team to finish in the women's race.
The Sagehens notched back-to-back SCIAC Championship team performances in 2017 and 2018, led by two-time SCIAC Athlete of the Year Andy Reischling. Reischling, who powered to a top finish at the conference championship with a time of 25:52.6, clocked a winning time of 24:49.2 at the West Region Championships.
Qualifying as individuals, Whittier's Benjamin White earned First Team All-SCIAC honors after placing second at the league championship meet, while also coming in second at the regional event with a time of 25:01.2. Redlands will send two runners to Wisconsin on the men's side as Tucker Cargile and Joseph Esparza will look to continue their excellent performances this season. Cargile (25:14.5), a First Team All-SCIAC runner, was seventh at the regional event, while Esparza (25:24.4), a Second Team All-SCIAC harrier, was 13th in at the West Region race.
CMS posted its ninth consecutive conference championship on the women's side in 2018 en route to an automatic bid to the national race. The Athenas will be joined by Pomona-Pitzer which has been led all season by Helen Guo - the 2018 SCIAC Athlete of the Year. Guo galloped to a winning time of 21:48.5 to win the individual crown at the NCAA West Region Championships, while teammate Lila Cardillo - the 2018 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year - placed third.
Individual qualifiers on the women's side include Maria Ramirez of Redlands, Melissa Cerrillos of La Verne and Arabella Reece of Chapman. Ramirez and Reece secured First Team All-SCIAC honors at the conference championship race, while Cerrillos was a Second Team All-SCIAC finisher following the October 27 race. Ramirez (22:28.4) finished seventh at the NCAA West Region Championships, while Cerrillos (22:38.7) and Reece (22:46.0) tabbed ninth and 11th place finishes respectively.