Lila Cardillo Takes All-American Honor at NCAA

Lila Cardillo Takes All-American Honor at NCAA

OSHKOSH, WI. – History was made at the NCAA Cross Country Championship in Oshkosh, Wisconsin as first year Lila Cardillo became the first Frosh in Pomona-Pitzer Women's Cross Country history to earn All-American. The Pasadena native was the fastest frosh at the meet, battling the cold weather to take 30th overall with a personal best time of 21:50.2.

"I'm really happy to be an All American!" said Cardillo after the meet. "Today was a wild experience, but I learned a lot and I'm proud of my efforts. I feel lucky to have had the whole team here to share this experience."

The team finished 32nd overall at the meet as first year Genevieve DiBari was the next highest finisher in 182nd place with a time of 23:08.9. Her fellow classmate Rosie Linkus took 207th at 23:21.8 and Madeleine Mount-Cors was 266th at 24:20.8. Rounding out the rest of the team, Ariel Kivela crossed in 274th at 24:42.5 and Maddie Bennet followed behind in 275th at 24:46.1.

With four frosh runners in the national championship team, the Sagehens will look to improve upon a promising season next year.

"This was a terrific meet and experience for our squad," said Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "We have aims of returning as a team regularly and moving up in the team results."