As the track season reaches its midway point, the distance team has shown that they are one of the strengths of the CMS track & field team.
In a close loss to open the SCIAC dual meet season two weeks ago, the distance crew accounted for 30 of the team's 69 points. Juniors Quinn Chasan and Bennett Naden went one-two in the 1500, Rafer Dannenhauer and Matt Cook went one-two in the steeplechase and Tyler Robinson, Sam Pitcavage and Russell Page went one-two-three in the 5000.
This past weeked at the Occidental Distance Carnival 19 athletes competed and 11 turned in personal best performances. The top performance was turned in by Naden in the 1500 who dropped his personal best by almost seven seconds (after dropping it by six seconds at the SCIAC dual) and finished second in his heat with a time of 3:53.66. He is now the fifth fastest performer in CMS history. Freshmen Pitcavage and Alex Mauro also had notable races. Pitcavage split very close to his high school PR in the 3000 en route to a personal best in the 5000 of 15:29.65. Mauro, in his first attempt at the 10,000, split three seconds shy of his 5000 PR en route to a strong debut time of 32:31.10.
Notable meets in the second half of the season include the California/Nevada Championships (3/31 & 4/1) and the NCAA Division III Championships (5/24-26), both of which will be hosted by CMS, and the SCIAC Championships (4/27-28) at Redlands.