Athenas win 10th straight SCIAC Championship, Stags defeat Sagehens in tiebreaker to become conference champs

A group of women in CMS uniforms poses with a SCIAC sign.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s cross-country team claimed its 10 straight SCIAC victory at Saturday’s championships. (Justin Sleppy • The Student Life)

Saturday was a good day to be a Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athlete.

The CMS women’s cross-country team made history on Saturday morning, winning their 10th straight SCIAC Championship, and the CMS men’s cross-country team edged out Pomona-Pitzer in a tiebreaker to claim the title.

Despite first and second place individual finishes by P-P, the Athenas’ had five runners in the top 10 that propelled them to victory. P-P took second place.

Lila Cardillo PO ’22 was the individual champion, finishing with a time of 21:40 in the women’s 6,000-meter race, followed by Helen Guo PO ’20 10 seconds later. The Athenas’ Riley Harmon SC ’22 took third, with teammates coming in seventh, eight, ninth and 10th place. 

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The men’s competition, on the other hand, went down to the wire.

After CMS’ and P-P’s first five runners’ both scored a total of 31 points, their places were then compared in a head-to-head matchup. Because CMS’ first, fourth and fifth place runners came in ahead of P-P’s, they were awarded the title of SCIAC champions.

Thomas D’Anieri CM ’20 was the individual champion, finishing with a time of 24:52 in the 8,000-meter race. Ethan Widlansky PO ’22 followed close behind and came in 24:55.5 to secure second place.

Both CMS and P-P will compete once again at Pomona College’s Wash on Nov. 16 in the Division III West Regional Championship. The men’s race will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the women’s race will begin at 10:00 a.m. 

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