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2017 SCIAC Women's Cross Country Championship Preview

2017 SCIAC Women's Cross Country Championship Preview

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CMS is set to defend both the men's and women's cross country titles this Saturday, October 28 at the 2017 SCIAC Championships at Prado Park in Chino Hills, Calif. The men's race will begin at 9 a.m. with the women's race to follow at 9:45 a.m.

On the women's side at the 2016 SCIAC Championships, the Athenas collected a team score of 33 points, while the Sagehens (75) and Occidental (93) rounded out the top three teams in last year's 6-kilometer race. CMS has now tallied seven consecutive SCIAC team championships and eight of the last nine since 2008.

Coming in fourth was Redlands with 114 points, followed by Whittier in fifth with 133 points, while Caltech (158), Chapman (174), La Verne (208) and Cal Lutheran (253) placed sixth through nine respectively.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY AT A GLANCE

At the 2017 SCIAC Multi-Duals at La Mirada Park, CMS placed four runners in the top 10 and seven in the top 15 en route to an 8-0 record. Led by senior Bryn McKillop (21:27.66), last year's SCIAC Championship third overall finisher, the Athenas will look to their depth as they seek an eighth straight conference title. 

Occidental came in second during the SCIAC Multi-Duals thanks to a trio of top 15 placements by juniors Roxanne Valle (22:14.78) and Aria Blumm (22:20.76) and sophomore Sabrina Thurber (22:24.48).  The Tigers finished third at the championship race a year ago, and will look to Valle to add another top 15 mark at the league championship on Saturday.

Sophomore Maria Ramirez has been stellar for Redlands this season and picked up a sixth place overall finish at the Multi-Duals. The Bulldogs finished third with a 6-2 mark at the event after finishing fourth at the SCIAC Championships a season ago. Ramirez will look to build on her impressive ninth-place time of 24:06.71 from that race. 

Pomona-Pitzer, which graduated two-time SCIAC defending individual champion Maya Weigel, will look to sophomores Lauren Hamilton and Helen Guo to pace the Sagehens at the SCIAC Championship in 2017. At the Multi-Duals earlier this season, Hamilton and Guo picked up second and fourth respectively with times of 21:34.90 and 21:49.67.

In fifth sits Caltech which was led by first-years Claire Hu (23:03.35) and Molly Crotteau (23:16.59) who notched top 25 times for the Beavers at the Multi-Duals. Caltech will look to build on its sixth place team finish at the championships a year ago.

Whittier will rely on its senior leadership heading into the SCIAC Championships. Seniors Julissa Tobias (21:51.24) and Jessica Iribe (22:43.90) turned in fifth and 15th place performances respectively to lead the Poets to a 3-5 record at this year's Multi-Duals. Last season, Tobias powered to a second place overall mark at the championship, while Iribe finished seventh. The duo will look to replicate those performances in 2017.

Chapman came in seventh at the SCIAC Multi-Duals earlier this season as first-year Cailyn Sakurai delivered a time of 24:47.67.

Cal Lutheran added an eighth place finish behind a mark of 23:24.00 by sophomore Rachel Ereso, while La Verne's Melissa Cerrillos clocked a time of 22:59.71 to help the Leopards finish ninth.