SCIAC Cross Country Championships Preview
The CMS cross country teams enter the championship phase of their season this weekend. They will compete at the SCIAC Championships on Saturday, November 2 at Prado Regional Park in Chino. The women will race first at 9:00 followed by the men at 9:45. The meet determines fifty percent of the SCIAC team championship with the other fifty percent determined by the SCIAC Multi-Dual meet. Both the Stags and Athenas finished 8-0 at the Multi-Duals and a first place finish on Saturday would give them outright SCIAC titles. Individual All-SCIAC teams are also determined by this race with the top 10 earning First Team All-SCIAC honors and 11-20 earning Second Team All-SCIAC honors.
The Athenas are looking to earn their fourth consecutive title and will be heavily favored after their dominant performance at the Multi-Duals. Allison Barnwell is the top returner from last year's race as she finished second overall in 2012. Sara Mostatabi also earned First Team All-SCIAC honors last year when she finished fifth. Lisa Beem and Adele Eslinger are the team's other returning All-SCIAC runners. Beem was 12th last year while Eslinger, who was abroad last fall, was 13th in 2011. CMS had six additional women finish in the top 20 at the SCIAC Multi-Dual including Tess Williams (9th), Carmen Mejia (13th), Nicki Maslan (14th), Meghan Fuelling (16th), Rae Brookshire (19th) and Rachel Mow (20th). Occidental finished second at the Multi-Dual with a record of 7-1.
The Stags will be looking to repeat as champions and earn their fourth title in the last five years. Zorg Loustalet, who was the top freshman finisher last year when he was fifth, will be one of the individual favorites after his course-record setting win at the Multi-Dual. Looking to repeat their All-SCIAC performances from last year will be Justin Jones, Jacob Higle-Ralbovsky, Sam Pitcavage and Colin Briskman who finished ninth, 16th, 17th and 20th respectively. CMS had five additional men finish in the top 20 at the Multi-Dual including Jon Briskman (8th), Nico Banks (10th), Tyler Robinson (16th), Alex Lombardo (17th) and Evan Molineux (18th). The men's race should be a close competition between CMS and Pomona-Pitzer. The Stags beat the Hens 26-29 at the Multi-Dual and would have won 44-51 if the race was invitationally scored as the SCIAC Championships will be.