SCIAC Men's Cross Country All-Conference Honors Announced

SCIAC Men's Cross Country All-Conference Honors Announced

The 2018 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's Cross Country teams were announced Friday. First Team All-SCIAC honors were determined by the top 10 finishers at the SCIAC Championships, while the Second Team All-SCIAC members were determined by the next 10 to cross the finish line. The Newcomer, Ray Adkinson, and Coaching Staff of the Year accolades were voted on by the league's member head coaches.  

For the second consecutive season, Andy Reischling of Pomona-Pitzer was the SCIAC Athlete of the Year and a First Team All-SCIAC selection after capturing the individual championship in the 8-kilometer men's cross country race. After winning the race with a time of 25:33.7 last year, the Seattle, Wash. native won the event in 2018 with a time of 25:52.6 helping the Sagehens to back-to-back team titles with 23 points. The 2015 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year and a Second Team All-SCIAC finisher as a first-year, Reischling has since added a trio of first-team all-conference performances to his resume to go along with his back-to-back athlete of the year awards. 

Teammate Ethan Widlansky was voted the 2018 Newcomer of the Year after powering to a fifth place overall finish at the cross country championship race, and was the fastest first-year to complete the course. Widlansky clocked a time of 26:39.3 en route to securing First Team All-SCIAC recognition. Hailing from Seattle, Wash., Widlansky has been consistent for the squad, finishing in the top five for Pomona-Pitzer in each meet throughout the season.  

The 2018 recipient of the Ray Adkinson Award is Rohan Choudhury of Caltech. Rohan is a Computer Science major from Cupertino, Calif. Since his arrival on campus as a freshman, he has been a mainstay in the top-five for Caltech. His race efforts have helped the Beavers to program-record finishes within the SCIAC and NCAA West Region and lowered the school record for top-five average time from 27:14 when he enrolled at Caltech to 26:39 as a senior. A leader who has helped the program grow significantly on and off the trails, Rohan has also maintained a 3.9 GPA to go along with his athletic success. He has spent his summers working at UC Berkeley (AI Research) and Caltech (Center for Data Driven Discovery). He has also had two articles on machine learning published in scientific journals. He is in the process of applying to PhD programs in Computer Science.

For the second consecutive season, Pomona-Pitzer head coach Jordan Carpenter and his Sagehens' staff have been voted the SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year. In his second season at the helm, Carpenter has led Pomona-Pitzer to back-to-back conference titles in 2017 and 2018 as the Sagehens have now collected two league crowns since 2005. This year's squad had six of its seven scoring runners finish in the top 10 and earn first-team all-conference praise as Pomona-Pitzer secured 23 points during the championship race. 

SCIAC Athlete
of the Year
SCIAC Newcomer
of the Year
Ray Adkinson
SCIAC Coaching
Staff of the Year
Andy Reischling
Ethan Widlansky
Rohan Choudhury
Jordan Carpenter
First Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Hometown
Andy Reischling  Pomona-Pitzer  Sr.  Seattle, Wash.
Benjamin White Whittier So. La Habra Heights, Calif.
Thomas Robertson Occidental Jr. Newport Beach, Calif.
Owen Woo Pomona-Pitzer So. Berkeley, Calif.
Ethan Widlansky Pomona-Pitzer Fy. Seattle, Wash.
Adin Becker Pomona-Pitzer Jr. Portland, Ore.
Dante Paszkeicz Pomona-Pitzer Fy. Bellevue, Wash.
Brody Barkan Occidental Sr. San Anselmo, Calif.
Hugo Ward Pomona-Pitzer So. Stockholm, Sweden
Tucker Cargile Redlands So.  Denver, Colo.
Second Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Hometown
Miles Christensen CMS Fy. Downers Grove, Ill.
Joseph Esparza Redlands Sr. Arcata, Calif.
Simon Ricci Caltech Jr. Chicago, Ill.
Will Kimball CMS So. Sammamish, Wash.
Ben Iten CMS Sr. New Albany, Ohio
Ethan Ashby Pomona-Pitzer So. Orinda, Calif.
Charles Sheh Occidental Fy. Seattle, Wash.
Benjamin Casey Redlands Sr. Highland Park, Ill.
Gaurav Phanse Caltech Fy. Fremont, Calif.
Kyril Van Schendel CMS Fy. Greenwood, Minn.