P-P men and CMS women take first place at SCIAC Cross-Country Championship

Andy Reischling PO ’19 crosses the finish line for his second consecutive overall win at the SCIAC Championship. (Photo courtesy of Kirk Reynolds)

Both the Pomona-Pitzer men’s and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s cross-country teams emerged victorious at the SCIAC Championship Oct. 27 in Chino, California. The Sagehens successfully defended last year’s victory, while the Athenas secured their ninth straight SCIAC title.

The P-P men’s team had six runners finish in the top 10 overall. Andy Reischling PO ’19 claimed the individual title for the second year in a row with a time of 25:52.6, averaging an impressive 5:12.4 minute mile. Reischling has won three Athlete of the Week All-SCIAC honors in his senior season.

The Sagehens’ depth has been on display all season, but this weekend’s win, by 51 points over Occidental College and 58 points over CMS, showcased their dominance in the league.

“Our depth is extremely important,” said P-P men’s coach Jordan Carpenter. “Obviously it shows on race day with our ability to put seven runners near the front, but it is even more important in our training. We have a great group of guys who all push each other to be better day in and day out. I think we saw that pay off on Saturday.”

In addition to Reischling’s win, the Sagehens saw four runners earn their first All-SCIAC honors: Ethan Widlansky PO ’22, Adin Becker PO ’20, Dante Paszkeicz PO ’22, and Ethan Ashby PO ’21.

“That group really showed up and earned their first taste of success at the SCIAC level,” said Carpenter of the first-time All-SCIAC honorees. “We are a pretty young team, so I am glad we are getting in some quality championship experience with this group.”

P-P men took first place at the SCIAC cross-country championship. (Photo courtesy of Kirk Reynolds)

As for the women’s SCIAC title, the Athenas finished with 34 points, while the Sagehen women’s team finished second with 56 points.

Seven of the top 14 runners were CMS athletes, with Abby Johnson SC ’21, Malea Martin CM ‘19, and Natalie Marsh SC ’19 finishing in fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively. Dulcie Jones SC ’21 and Georgia Scherer CM ’20 rounded out the team score, coming in eighth and 11th place.

“Our women have a very strong team bond, they work hard together, run for each other, and believe that if they stick with the program, it will yield good results,” said John Goldhammer, CMS cross-country head coach.

This year is Goldhammer’s 34th season as the head coach of the men’s and women’s CMS cross-country programs. Goldhammer has led the women’s team to many successful seasons, and for the past nine seasons the Athenas have taken the SCIAC title.

CMS women’s cross-country team took first place at the SCIAC championship, securing their ninth straight SCIAC title. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Kniffin)

“It was a great feeling to be on a team that saw so much success the last four years,” Martin, a senior, said. “All of our hard work really paid off, and that’s always the most rewarding thing about running.”

Not only has the CMS women’s cross-country program seen success in recent years, the team has also emerged at the top of the SCIAC podium every season except three since 1994. Goldhammer has won 25 SCIAC championships since he began coaching for CMS athletics.

Although Helen Guo PO ’20 and Lila Cardillo PO ’22 took first and second place overall individually, CMS’s strong depth led them to the team title once again.

“For Helen and Lila to go 1-2 on the rest of the conference was impressive,” said Kirk Reynolds, head coach of the P-P women’s team. “We weren’t quite at full strength, so we weren’t able to give the top team as close a race as we would have wanted. We hope to do so at Regionals, and one of our team goals is to secure a team berth to Nationals.”

Both the CMS and the P-P men’s and women’s teams will compete in the NCAA West Regionals in Walla Walla, WA Nov. 10.

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