Athenas second, Stags fourth at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational

Lisa Beem (photo by Jennifer Tavé)
Lisa Beem (photo by Jennifer Tavé)

CMS competed at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday and, despite having several of their top runners competing at the Pre-Nationals in Indiana, finished second in the women's race and fourth in the men's.

The Stags raced first and had a solid showing with 17 of their 28 runners recording personal bests in the 8,000 meter race.  CMS finished with 122 points and beat five SCIAC schools, two NAIA teams and a Division II team with six Stags including three of the team's top four competing at Pre-Nats.  The three teams ahead of them included D2 #22 Cal Poly Pomona, a full-strength Pomona-Pitzer squad and NAIA power Cal State San Marcos.  Tyler Robinson finished sixth overall in the 165-runner field.  He was the second SCIAC runner to finish and he ran a personal best of 25:40.8.  Nico Banks, Justin Jones, Alex Mauro and Evan Molineux finished within 26 seconds of each other to conclude the scoring for CMS.  Personal bests were achieved Jack Wilson (26:42.8), Matt Cook (27:01.5), Jesse Joseph (27:18.9), Phillip Jauregui (27:38.9), Joel Kirk (27:39.8), Wyatt Cooper (27:43.1), Andrew Atwong (27:50.8), Ryan Jones (27:59.0), Seb Luna (28:09.2), Ari Rubin (28:14.6), Matt Mulligan (28:15.6), Alec Koh (28:59.6), Will Clausen (29:06.9), Dan McCabe (29:13.1), Mac Hightower (29:16.5) and John DeWald (30:12.6).  Mulligan's race was among the more impressive as he suffered a broken foot with a mile remaining and not only finished, but broke his previous best by 35 seconds.

The Athenas scored 78 points to edge Cal Poly Pomona for second.  They lost only to NAIA #3 San Marcos.  CMS beat all seven SCIAC schools along with NAIA #12 Westmont and two other teams even with four Athenas including their top two competing in Indiana.  Lisa Beem finished sixth overall and first among SCIAC runners with a time of 22:47.3.  CMS' other scorers, Tess Williams, Adele Eslinger, Carmen Mejia and Nicki Maslan were among the top eight SCIAC finishers and finished within 20 seconds of each other.  Williams had one of the team's best races.  This was the first time she finished as the second scorer and she ran a personal best of 23:20.7 (which converts to 22:47.0 for the standard 6,000 meter race distance).  Allison Rigby had the team's other personal best on the day (25:00.1 [24:24.0]).

CMS will be back in action on Friday, October 18 at the SCIAC Multi-Dual meet.  The race will take place at La Mirada Regional Park in La Mirada with the women racing first at 4:30.