CLAREMONT, CA. – The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced the 2018 All-SCIAC Men's Cross Country team on Friday morning. The First Team All-SCIAC honors were determined by the top-10 finishers at the SCIAC Championships, while the Second Team Honors were awarded to the next 10 to finish the race.
Andy Reischling won his second straight SCIAC Athlete of the Year award after winning the SCIAC Championship meet with a time of 25:52.6. The senior also took his third First Team All-SCIAC and finishes his conference season with four All-SCIAC honors, Newcomer of the Year, and two Athlete of the Year awards.
"Andy is everything a coach could ask for," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "He is a leader of this team, he is confident in himself and this team, and he's not afraid to hurt on meet days. Andy is one of the top runners in the country, and that's the bottom line."
Head Coach Jordan Carpenter made history, winning his second straight SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year award after helping the Sagehens take their 13th SCIAC title in program history. This was Coach Carpenter's second season in the head coaching position. Carpenter saw six of his seven scoring runners finish in the top-10 at the meet and guided the team to a first place finish.
"It's always an honor to be recognized by my peers in the SCIAC," said Coach Carpenter. "I am lucky to have great assistant coaches and an awesome support staff at Pomona-Pitzer. But mostly, I think this award speaks to the 27 guys on this team and the work they put in all summer and fall. I am so fortunate to work with this awesome group and I show up to practice excited every single day. I have the best job in the world."
Freshman Ethan Widlansky was named 2018 Newcomer of the Year after pacing to a fifth place finish in his SCIAC postseason debut. The freshman timed at 26:39.3 and took First Team All-SCIAC.
"Our conference has a number of talented freshman this year, so winning this award certainly speaks volumes to what Ethan has accomplished this season," said Coach Carpenter. "Ethan is a great example of what makes cross country and running such a rewarding sport, if you put in the work and have confidence you will improve."
Owen Woo took his second All-SCIAC honor, earning First Team for the first time in his career after finishing fourth overall at the SCIAC Championship at 26:34.8. Adin Becker also made it on the First Team with a sixth place finish at 26:42.9 and freshman Dante Paszkeicz earned First Team honors after taking seventh at 26:43.0. Hugo Ward earned his First Team All-SCIAC honor after finishing ninth at 26:44.4. Ethan Ashby earned Second Team All-SCIAC after taking 16th at 26:53.9.
The Sagehens will compete again at the NCAA West Regional on Saturday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. in Walla Walla, Washington.