RIVERSIDE, CA. – The No. 6 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Cross-Country Team finished in third place with 117 points at the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday morning. The Sagehens finished the highest among Division III programs in the invitational race and trailed only No. 14 Ranked Division I Southern Utah and Division I Utah Valley in the 8,000m course. Pomona-Pitzer competed in both the Invitational and open race, sending nine select runners to the invite while the rest of the team ran the open. Over at the Open Team run, the Sagehens finished third overall, but were the highest finishing collegiate team, seeing two freshmen in the top-five.
"Today was an excellent start to our season," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "Our group has some big goals this year and we wanted to start the season out well with a good showing at this meet. There were some very talented teams from various divisions out there today so I was very pleased with our third-place team finish. It's always fun to mix it up against some of the big Division I schools from the area, and even more fun when we can beat a lot of them. I think this shows just how talented our group is; we can be competitive with most teams throughout the country, regardless of division."
Over in the Invitational race, Andy Reischling took eighth overall at 24:21.9, a lifetime best in an 8K. Adin Becker was the second-highest finisher for the Sagehens at 25:05.1 and freshman Paul McKinley followed in 32nd at 25:09.4. Freshman Ethan Widlansky crossed in 36th at 24:14.0 and Julian DeGroot-Lutzner was right behind him in 37th at 5:04.7. Sophomore Jeremy Adams took 53rd after clocking in at 25:28.3.
"On the individual side, Andy, as has become the norm for our squad, lead the way and ran a very smart race," said Coach Carpenter. "He moved from about 50th at the mile to finish top-10 overall against some great individual runners. His time put him top 3 all-time in PPXC history for the 8k."
"I was also very impressed with the contributions from our freshman. Paul and Ethan both made their 8k debuts and both finished within our scoring five and within the top 35 overall in the invite. I am very excited to see how those two, and the rest of our squad, can progress as we continue our season.
At the open race, freshman Oliver Chang finished eighth overall at 25:28.3 while sophomore Hugo Ward took 10th at 25:33.0. Peter Davis took 16th at 25:43.8 and freshman Dante Paszkeicz crossed in 17th at 25:43.8.
Up Next: Pomona-Pitzer will travel north to race at the Sacramento Cross Country Challenge in Sacramento, California on Saturday, September 29.