Pomona-Pitzer, CMS Ranked in USTFCCCA Preseason Poll

Pomona-Pitzer, CMS Ranked in USTFCCCA Preseason Poll

> USTFCCCA Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll

The Pomona-Pitzer men's cross country team is ranked fourth in the 2018 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Top 35 Poll as recently announced by the organization. 

Pomona-Pitzer secured first place at the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Multi-Duals on September 29 at La Mirada Park, led by individual champion Andy Reischling who clocked new course record time of 25:22.86. The Sagehens swept the multi-duals as three other runners finished within the top 10, while four others added top 20 finishes. 

Pomona-Pitzer carried that form to the 2017 SCIAC Championship held at Prado Park in Chino, Calif. Reischling, the SCIAC Athlete of the Year, once again led the field of SCIAC runners posting a top time of 25:33.71 in the 8-kilometer race. Four Sagehens earned First Team All-SCIAC honors for finishing in the top 10 during the championship race, while another four harriers logged second team praise for finishing in places 11-20. 

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) is ranked 30th in the 2018 USTFCCCA Preseason Poll after finishing third at both the SCIAC Multi-Duals and the SCIAC Championship a year ago. The Stags were edged both times by Occidental which is receiving votes in the USTFCCCA preseason rankings. 

Pomona-Pitzer, CMS and Occidental each competed at the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship at the North Farm Course on the campus of host Principia in Elsah, Ill. The Sagehens finished sixth overall, while the Stags and Tigers placed 29th and 32nd respectively. 

The 2018 cross country campaign gets underway Saturday, September 1.