Men's P-P XC Takes Home SCIAC Championship Title For First Time in Twelve Years

With an explosive start, the Pomona-Pitzer men’s cross country team begins the 8000-meter race. (Photo courtesy of Rudy Valenzuela)

The Pomona-Pitzer men's cross country team aimed for redemption on Saturday, Oct. 28, when they snagged the top finish in the SCIAC Championships for the first time since 2005. After suffering a close loss last year at the SCIAC Championships, with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps closing out a win a mere four points ahead of the Sagehens, the team took no chances with its 2017 victory, conquering second-place Occidental by a whopping 36 points.

Andy Reischling PO '19 pushed for first with a time of 25:33.71, more than ten seconds ahead of the second-place finisher and three places up from his fourth-place finish last year. Carter Stripp PZ '19 joined him 30 seconds later in fifth place with sixth-place James Kinney PO '18 right behind him, while Julian Degrootz-Lutzner PZ '19 also finished in the top ten at 26:19.98, taking eighth. One of the newest members of the team, Owen Woo PZ '21, completed the race in 12th place, eleven seconds ahead of Nick Vucovich PO '18 and Colin Mulligan PZ '19 in 13th and 14th, respectively.

The Hens' next race in the NCAA Division III West Region Championship is on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m..