NEW ORLEANS, LOUIS. – The United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association named junior Andy Reischling Regional Athlete of the Year and Head Coach Jordan Carpenter Regional Coach of the Year on Tuesday morning. The award recipients were selected by member coaches from their corresponding regions.
Reischling won the award after taking first place in the NCAA West Regional, finishing with a time of 25:04.04. He also won two other individual titles this season, including the SCIAC Championship.
"It is great to see all of Andy's hard work recognized by the region coaches," said Coach Carpenter. "He has had a great approach to the championship races this year, trying to run each race very loose and relaxed."
Coach Carpenter won the Regional Coach of the Year in his first year as Head Coach of Pomona-Pitzer. In addition to coaching his team to a NCAA West Region title, he also won the SCIAC Championship earlier this season.
"It is always great to win individual awards, but the credit really goes to the 26 guys that I get to work with every day," said Coach Carpenter. "We have an amazing team culture where we have a full roster of runners who have all bought in to our shared vision for this team and I think the results speak for themselves. At the end of the day it's this group that really makes me look good as a coach."
Reischling was also named on the All-Region Team alongside teammates Julian Degroot-Lutzer, James Kinney, Colin Mulligan, Nicholas Vucovich, and Owen Woo. All of the runners listed will head to the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships this Saturday in Elsah, Illinois at Principia College.
All six runners have raced at Principia College earlier this season in the Pre-Nationals back on October 14. The Sagehens sent nine runners at that meet and finished in third place overall with 156 points. North Central College won the meet with 47 points and will be returning in hopes of taking it all after winning the Midwest Region title this past weekend.
The Sagehens will hope to make a statement in the national championship, returning to the final race with a healthy squad. Last season, Pomona-Pitzer took 17th at the National Championship as Reischling led the pack with a 41st place finish. Colin Mulligan was the third-fastest finisher among the Hens, coming in 102nd, while DeGroot-Lutzner finished in 158th. With plenty of experience and talent coming into this race, watch the Hens make a thrilling run for the title.
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