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CMS Cross Country Flows Smoothly at Riverside Meet

Arms pumping, lungs wheezing, her feet pushing the ground in a steady bum-bum-bum rhythm, Bryn McKillop SC ’18 pounded toward the finish line on the 6-kilometer University of California, Riverside course last Saturday, Sept. 17.

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McKillop, a third-year participant on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps cross country team, aided the Athenas in a ninth-place finish in the 6K event with a time of 20:47.94. Incidentally, she also took third place overall and ran herself into the history books, breaking the record previously held by her coach, Scripps College graduate Jen Tavé.

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The UC Riverside race was the Athenas’ third event of the season. Carmen Meija SC ’17 came in behind McKillop, taking over the sixth-place all-time spot in the record book. Overall, the team’s 6K time was best among non-Division I schools, an impressive lineup including University of California, Santa Cruz, University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Arkansas and University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

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In the 5-kilometer event, Roselyn Cantu CM ’18 and Matilda Msall SC ’19 set personal records in an ultimate 10th-place finish for the team.

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“Both teams performed well,” Coach John Goldhammer said of the meet. “The women, in particular, ran a faster team time than we did back in 2012 when we placed third nationally.” He added that McKillop “established herself as a potential All-American.”

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“Any time an athlete of Bryn’s ability PR’s by over a minute it’s a special performance,” he commented.

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On the men’s side, Joshua Sealand HM ’17 pulled out an especially tough finish, running a 24:51.72 in the 8K. Kyle Lund HM ’17, Jesse Joseph HM ’17, and Garrett Ryan CM ’17 all turned in solid performances as well, recording sub 26-minute times. The Stags ended up finishing in seventh place out of 22 teams in the 8K race. 

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“The men beat their time from last year without running our number one or [number] four man,” Goldhammer recalled. “If we stay healthy and focused, I’m fairly confident that this will be another special season for the [Stags].”

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The CMS women are currently ranked No. 7 in the country and the men are currently ranked No. 8 (two spots behind Pomona-Pitzer). They no doubt have their eyes on the SCIAC championship, where the men will attempt to win their fifth title in a row and the women will attempt to win their seventh.

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The cross country teams next compete on Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Coyote Invitational in San Bernardino.

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