The 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men's and women's cross country championships are set for Saturday, November 2 on the campus of Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont, Calif. The men's 8-kilometer race is set for 8:30 a.m. with the women's 6-kilometer race to follow at 9:15 a.m.
Men's Championship Preview
Pomona-Pitzer enters the 2019 SCIAC Championships as the back-to-back defending team champion, and will look to make it a third straight conference title for the Sagehens this year. In 2017 and 2018, Pomona-Pitzer was led by the back-to-back SCIAC Athlete of the Year Andy Reischling, and in 2019 will look to last season's SCIAC Newcomer of the Year Ethan Widlansky to help pave the way to a third consecutive crown. Widlansky was one of six Sagehens to finish in the top 10 a year ago with 23 points.
Occidental finished in second place with 74 points a year ago, including three top 20 runners (Thomas Robertson, Brody Barkan (graduated), and Charles Sheh), while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) placed third overall with 81 points and had four runners finishing in the top 20. Miles Christensen, Will Kimball, Ben Iten (graduated), and Kyril Van Schendel led the Stags in 2018. Redlands (99) also had three student-athletes cross the line in the top 20 to help the Bulldogs secure fourth place honors, while Caltech finished fifth with a pair of runners in the top 20 en route to 125 points. Tucker Cargile returns for Redlands and is looking to pace the field, while Joseph Esparza and Benjamin Casey graduated. The Beavers had Simon Ricci and Gaurav Phanse secure second team all-conference finishes last season.
La Verne totaled 179 points and placed sixth overall, while Whittier came in seventh with 201 points, highlighted by 2017 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year Benjamin White's second place overall finish. California Lutheran (218) and Chapman (249) rounded out the team scores.
Women's Championship Preview
CMS takes to the trail having won nine straight conference championships since 2010, and will look to capture its 10th straight crown after placing all seven scoring runners in the top 15 en route to 34 points. Pomona-Pitzer finished second in the team scoring with 56 points, highlighted by three top 10 finishes, while Occidental placed third with 89 points on the strength of a trio of harriers finishing in the top 20.
Redlands collected 103 points and placed fourth with three runners earning a top 20 spot, while Caltech placed fifth with 150 points. Chapman followed 10 points behind the Beavers, while La Verne came in seventh with 168 points with two top 20 finishers. Whittier (203) and California Lutheran (235) rounded out the team scores.
The Athenas had four runners finish in the top 10 including Abby Johnson, Malea Martin (graduated), Natalie Marsh (graduated) and Dulcie Jones, while Georgia Scherer, Riley Harmon, Matilda Msall (graduated) and Jackie McVay added top 20 marks a year ago. The Saghens were led by 2018 SCIAC Athlete of the Year Helen Guo, and SCIAC Newcomer of the Year Lila Cardillo who finished last year's race first and second respectively. Genevieve DiBari also finished in the top 10 during last year's event.
Redlands, Occidental and La Verne each had two runners finish in the top 20 following last year's race including Maria Ramirez and Ellie Ramsey (graduated) of the Bulldogs, Roxanne Valle (graduated) and Aria Blumm (graduated) of the Tigers, and Rachael Dela Cruz (graduated) and Melissa Cerrillos (graduated) of the Leopards.
Arabella Reece of Chapman and Anahy Covarrubias (graduated) of Whittier alos provided top 20 performances during last year's championship.