RIVERSIDE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Cross Country continue their adjustment into the season, sending two teams to compete at the 39th Annual UC Riverside Cross Country Invitational. The Sagehens placed sixth in the 8k Invitational race and second in the 8k Open Team race.
Pomona-Pitzer scored 180 meet points in the Invite race, with sophomore Ethan Widlansky finishing the highest among the Sagehens in 14th at 24:40.8, a personal-best. His classmate Owen Keiser took 34th at 25:00.8 and senior Daniel Rosen placed 39th at 25:06.01. Dante Paszkeicz took 43rd 25:08.7 and senior Nathan Stringham placed 61st at 25:26.1. Owen Woo rounded up the scoring with an 81st place finish at 25:55.7.
"In the invite section, I was really pleased with how our scoring five runners competed," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "The plan was to deemphasize and focus on simply competing in the final miles, so the group started the race conservatively and worked their way up through the field throughout the race. Sophomores Ethan Widlansky and Owen Keiser had great days and make big jumps from their first-year marks."
The Sagehens placed second in the Open Team race, first among collegiate programs, trailing only the Cal Coast Track Club.
"In the open race we also had a strong day considering the extreme heat," said Coach Carpenter. "This group was able to come away with the top collegiate spot in the team's race which really points to the great depth that we have as a program."
Ethan Ashby was the highest collegiate finisher, placing fourth at 25:39.8, while Jeremy Adams took seventh at 25:50.9. Freshman Jack Rosencrans took 25th at 26:25.1 and Oliver Chang finished 26th at 26:28.5. Nathan Getachew placed 30th at 26:40.8 and Liam Jones finished 37th at 26:50.9. Leonard McComas crossed in 41st at 26:59.5.
Up Next: The Sagehens will run again on September 28th at the Masters Meet in Santa Clarita, California at 7:45 a.m.