CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Cross Country Team made their season debut on Saturday morning at a dual meet against Occidental College. The race was an opportunity for several runners to break out of the rust and make adjustments, as the Sagehens omitted a handful of their athletes from the race. The Sagehens saw five runners finish within the top-10 in the 6K course, closing the meet with 31 points, while Occidental won with 24.
"I was pleased with the efforts from our racing group today," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "The goal for the day was to get back into competition mode and break off some of the rust of summer training. As we held out a number of runners, it was a great opportunity for others to shine. I was really pleased with how our first years competed over the final portions of the course. This group will play a huge role in the successes of our program in the season ahead and beyond. We are excited to run the full team at the UC-Riverside Invite in two weeks."
Ethan Ashby was the highest-finishing Sagehen, taking second at 19:47.00 and Oliver Chang followed in third at 19:50.00. Transfer Leonard McComas impressed in his Sagehen debut, taking seventh overall at 20:02.00. Freshman Ryan Ma placed ninth at 20:08.00 while his classmate Nathan Getachew finished 10th at 20:15.00.
Up Next: The Sagehens will race again at the UC Riverside Invite on September 14 at 7:30 a.m.