DAVIS, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Cross Country Team set new milestones at the Capital Cross Challenge hosted by UC Davis as the Sagehens finished in fifth place overall with 211 points. Competing against Division I and II programs, the Sagehens finished ahead of the No. 12, 15, and 18 Division II programs in the country. They also set the program record with four athletes finishing under 25:00 in the same meet.
"The Sagehens had a huge day today. This was really our first race of the season where we wanted to go to the front early and run hard throughout," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "We were able to do that and beat some really good teams across the different divisions."
Ethan Widlansky was the highest-finishing Sagehen, taking 20th overall at 24:34.2. Daniel Rosen followed in 36th at 24:48.7 while Owen Keiser took 44th at 24:52.1. Dante Paszkeicz took 55th at 24:58.7 and Hugo Ward crossed in 63rd at 25:03.6. Jeremy Adams finished in 77th at 25:11.0 and Jack Rosencrans rounded up the Sagehens' top-seven with a 108th-place finish at 25:30.2.
"As a Division III program we always take pride in being able to compete with and beat some of the best DII (and DI) programs in the country," said Coach Carpenter. "It speaks to our depth and what we are building with our program. I always preach that we can compete with almost anyone and today we backed that up."
Up Next: The Sagehens will compete again in two weeks when they host the Pomona-Pitzer Invite on October 12th at 8:00 a.m.