This past weekend, the CMS cross country teams split into two. While one group stayed in Claremont to pound it out at the Pomona-Pitzer Invite, the other boarded a plane to go race in the Connecticut College Invitational, but impressively, all four groups–men and women's A and B teams–managed to take top-five places on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 15.
Bryn McKillop SC '18 led the Athenas to third place in Connecticut with a time of 22:00.0 flat, taking fifth overall. Not far behind her were Malea Martin CM '19 and Carmen Meija SC '17, with times of 22:16.6 and 22:20.8, respectively. Meanwhile, the Stags snagged first place, with Joshua Sealand HM '18 coming in fifth overall (24:52.6) and Kyle Lund HM '17 coming in seventh (25:06.2).
Back in Claremont, the Athenas placed fourth overall in the P-P Invite. Lauren Stanislaw SC '18 claimed ninth, while Roselyn Cantu CM '18 finished behind her in 26th. Natalie Marsh SC '19, who finished 29th overall for CMS in the Invite, was impressed with all the teams' performances, noting that “while the A teams were away, [the] B teams still ran well at the P-P Invite, which again shows the depth and strength of the team. If the girls continue to perform how they have been, I'm sure we will win SCIACs.”
That talent and promise are present in the men's team as well, who took fourth in the P-P meet. Ben Iten HM '19 grabbed the spotlight for the Stags, taking the top spot on the team and 16th in the meet overall.
The Stags and Athenas have reunited and will perform next in the SCIAC Championships on Oct. 29.
*Sabrina Wilk contributed to reporting.