Men's Cross Country: Sagehens Finish Sixth At NCAA Nationals

Men's Cross Country: Sagehens Finish Sixth At NCAA Nationals

ELSAH, IL -- The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Cross Country team finished in sixth place overall at the NCAA National Championships hosted by Principia College on Saturday morning.

The Sagehens finished in sixth place, which is tied for their highest finish ever at Nationals as they took sixth in 2015 as well.

The Sagehens ended with a total score of 282, which was just in front of Wisconsin Eau Claire at 283 and 13 points behind fifth place Washington U. at 269.

Pomona-Pitzer was led by Colin Mulligan who finished in 24th overall at 24:48.02 earning All-American status for the first time in his career. Also earning All-American honors was James Kinney who took 31st with a time of 24:53.45. This is the first time the Sagehens have had two All-Americans at the same meet and James and Colin become the sixth and seventh All-Americans in program history. 

Andy Reischling finished in 81st overall with a time of 25:24.59 and Julian DeGroot-Lutzner took 94th overall clocking in at 25:28.14.

Rounding out the top-five for Pomona-Pitzer was Carter Stripp who ended his race in 171st overall with a time of 25:51.41.

Nick Vucovich ended the day for the Sagehens with a 26:06.20 landing him in 200th overall.

"Overall we came a bit short of our podium goal as a team, but we still had some awesome individual performances today", said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "It was great to see Colin and James earn their first All-American awards. They have worked so hard for a long time to reach that. For James, he wasn't able to run seven months ago, so to go from being injured to finishing 31st in the country is incredible. I couldn't be more proud of what this team accomplished this season."