John Fowler PO '16 and Maya Weigel PO '17 were crowned champions as the Pomona-Pitzer men’s cross country team won the SCIAC Multi-Dual meet at La Mirada Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 17, and the women's team finished 6-2 on the day.
Clocking in at a time of 25:28 in the 8000-meter, Fowler breezed past the finish line with relative ease. However, the victory of the team did not come as comfortably. The overall competition was a nail-biting one: P-P went 8-0 over the other members of the SCIAC, but tied rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 28 points apiece. The tiebreaker came down to comparison, as P-P took the win over CMS with their first, fourth and fifth place finishes, compared to the Stags’ second and third place finishes.
The team as a whole performed particularly well, with Andy Reischling PO '19 clocking in at 26:07 (sixth), Steven Ory PO '16 at 26:23 (ninth), Peter Davis PO '19 at 26:26 (11th), and Colin Mulligan PO '19 at 26:34 (14th). The first-years deserve a special mention, as five were among the top seven finishers for the team.
“The first-years handled the 8000 meters really well,” head coach Tony Boston said.
The women’s team held their own and performed exceptionally well. Weigel secured first place after coming in second place at this event last season. In the 6000-meter (3.7 miles) race, Weigel took the lead a little beyond the one-mile mark and crossed the finish line 19 seconds before the second place finisher. She crossed the line with a time of 21:30, her second-best mark for the 6000m. Her victory earned her the title of SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 20, a tremendous achievement that brings pride to the Sagehens.
Other top-five finishers for the team included Ally McLaughlin PO '16 with a time of 23:12 (15th), Abby Gardner PO '17 at 23:17 (18th), Kristen Hernandez PO '18 at 23:20 (19th), and Alicia Mizes PO '16 at 23:22 (21st). P-P's 6-2 record consisted of wins over all teams except for CMS and the University of Redlands.
Head coach Kirk Reynolds was particularly satisfied with the results and affirmed that the team’s performance will be even better at the SCIAC Championships meet.
“I know we can run better and even defeat the two teams, and we shall do so soon,” Reynolds said.
Neither the men’s or women’s cross country teams will compete this weekend, but they will be participating at the SCIAC Championships meet at Prado Park in Chino, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 31.