SCIAC Runners Shine at NCAA Men's Cross Country Regional

SCIAC Runners Shine at NCAA Men's Cross Country Regional

> NCAA Division III West Region Men's Cross Country Championships

The Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) men's cross country teams each scored 54 points and finished in a tie for first place at the 2018 NCAA Division III West Region Cross Country Championships on the campus of Whitman in Walla Walla, Wash. Saturday. 

Both the Saghens and Stags claimed four of the top 15 spots in the race with Pomona-Pitzer edging CMS in the tiebreaker (23-28) to lead the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) teams in the 8-kilometer race. 

Redlands finished fourth with 161 points, followed by Occidental in seventh with 196 points. Caltech added an eighth place mark (226 points), while La Verne came in 12th (291 points) and California Lutheran 14th (388 points). 

Andy Reischling, the two-time and reigning SCIAC Athlete of the Year, led the field once again running the course in 24:49.2, while Whittier's Benjamin White came in second with a time of 25:01.2. CMS's Miles Christensen was third overall with a mark of 25:04.1. Redlands' Tucker Cargile (25:14.5), the Stags' Stevie Steinberg (25:20.0) and Pomona-Pitzer's Adin Becker (25:23.6) placed seventh, ninth and 10th respectively to give the SCIAC six runners in the top 10. 

For his efforts, Reischling was named the USTFCCCA West Region Athlete of the Year for the second straight season, while Sagehens head coach Jordan Carpenter earned West Region Coach of the Year honors for the second time in as many seasons. 

Julian Degroot-Lutzner (25:23.8) of the Sagehens, Kyril Van Schendel of CMS (25:23.9), and the Bulldogs' Joseph Esparza (25:24.4) came in 11 through 13, while the Stags' Alexander Hirsch added a 15th place finish with a time of 25:26.5. Pomona-Pitzer Dante Paszkeicz (25:26.7), Occidental's Thomas Robertson (25:32.4), and Catlech's Gaurav Phanse (25:33.8) rounded out the top 20 for the league in 17th, 19th and 20th place respectively. 

The 2018 campaign concludes at the NCAA Division III Championships next Saturday, Nov. 17 in Oshkosh, Wis.