Athenas Win SCIAC Championships, Stags Finish Second
The women's cross country team finished first at the SCIAC Championships on Saturday and won their second consecutive SCIAC title and the 21st in the history of the program. The Stags were in the hunt for most of the race before finishing second. The women, ranked third nationally, scored 38 points to easily outdistance second place Whittier with 82. The men, ranked 31st, scored 53 points and were six points behind first place Occidental. The men's race was a four team battle with La Verne six points behind CMS with 59 and Pomona-Pitzer coming in fourth with 67.
The Athenas, despite not having top runner Jennifer Tavé competing, were still the dominant team in the race. CMS did not have a finisher in the top four, but beginning with Breanna Deutsch's team leading fifth place finish, the Athenas had eight of the next 10 finishers. Only one team had their second runner finish in front of CMS' top eight. All five of the Athena scorers earned First Team All-SCIAC honors by finishing in the top 10. Deutsch, Sara Mostatabi (6th), Laura Sauvage (8th) and Aubrey Zimmerling (10th) all earned All-SCIAC honors for the first time while Julia Rigby (9th) was All-SCIAC for the fourth time and earned First Team honors for the second time. Second Team All-SCIAC honors for finishing 11th - 20th were earned by Marnie Hogue (11th), Adele Eslinger (13th) and Allison Barnwell (14th) with all three earning All-SCIAC for the second time. Although the overall times were very slow due to the long grass on the course at Prado Park, CMS had just a 21 second spread for their top eight with their third-sixth runners finishing within two seconds.
The men's race was close throughout the 8,000 meter distance and was not settled until the final kilometer. Rafer Dannenhauer led the Stags, as he has all season, with a third place finish earning his first All-SCIAC honors. Bryan Chow finished ninth and earned First Team All-SCIAC honors for the third time. Brian Sutter earned his third All-SCIAC honors with his 11th place finish. The final two scorers for the Stags, Matt Cummins (13th) and Andrew Wordell (17th), both earned All-SCIAC honors for the first time. Julian Martinez turned in a courageous performance as he finished 21st overall while running the final 1100 meters with a fractured fibula. The top performance outside of the team's top seven was turned in by Lucas Van Houten. He improved 19 places over his finish at the SCIAC Multi-Duals two weeks ago and 43 places over his finish at this meet last year.
Both teams return to action on Saturday, November 12 at the NCAA West Regionals. The meet will be on the Pomona College campus, beginning on the soccer field and covering loops of the Wash trails and finishing on the track. The meet serves as the qualifying meet for the NCAA Division III Championships which will take place on November 19. The women will race first at 9:00 followed by the men at 10:00.