OSHKOSH, WI. – The No. 9 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Cross Country Team had a spectacular showing at the Kollege Town Sports Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. The Sagehens finished second overall behind No. 1 North Central (Illinois) with a final team score of 79 points. Running on the muddy surfaces at the 8K course, the Sagehens proved they were well capable of competing against the best programs across the country, placing higher than No. 3 Wartburg and No. 4 Washington University of St. Louis.
"Today was a really impressive performance from the Sagehens," said Head Coach Jordan Carpenter. "This meet was an opportunity to prove, not only, to ourselves, but to the rest of the country that we are a threat to finish on the podium (top-four) come national championship time. We made this trip across the country for this sole purpose, so it was great to get the finish we wanted against some of the best programs in the nation."
"I think we still can run better as a group which is something that really excites me as we head into the championship portion of the season. The momentum is building and I think these Sagehens are ready to do some really big things in the coming weeks."
Ethan Widlansky was the highest finisher among the Sagehens, taking sixth with a time of 25:05.6.
"Ethan Widlansky continued his impressive run at the front of our group," commended Coach Carpenter. "His consistency each week is something that leads our group and levels us each week."
Daniel Rosen was the next-highest finisher at 25:16.7 and Dante Paszkeicz followed in 16th at 25:27.8. Ethan Ashby finished in 21st overall at 25:32.0 and Joseph Hesse-Withbroe took 25th at 25:36.0. Hugo Ward placed 30th at 25:27.6.
The Sagehens also sent a non-travel team of runners to the Highlander Invitational hosted by UC Riverside. The team placed ninth at the meet with 263 points as they competed against Division I, II, NAIA, and community colleges. Leonard McComas was the highest finisher at 45th with a time of 25:21.9 while Adin Becker took 59th at 25:39.7. Paul McKinley placed 73rd at 25:54.2 and Nathan Getachew followed in 77th at 26:01.0 Ryan Ma finished 79th at 26:04.5 and Ian Emlet crossed in 88th at 26:15.5
Up Next: The Sagehens will next race at the SCIAC Championship on November 2 at Strehle Track at 8:30 a.m.