Both Cross Country Teams Finish 7-0 At SCIAC Multi-Duals
CMS showed why they are one of the top ranked teams in the West
Region and the nation as the men and the women both finished 7-0 at
the SCIAC Multi-Duals. The Stags had the individual winner, Brian
Sutter (SO, Monroe, WA) and their depth was too much for the rest
of the conference as they had five runners finish between seventh
and 14th. The Athenas had their five scorers
finish in the top 11 and before all, but one team's second runner.
This meet counts towards 50% of the SCIAC Championship with the
remaining 50% coming from the SCIAC Championships results.
A group of three runners pulled away from the pack in the middle of the men's race and Sutter was able to separate himself for the win in the last 400 meters. He is the sixth Stag to win this race and the first since 2003. The other four scorers for CMS included Brian Kopczynski (SR, Coto de Caza) in 7th, Rafer Dannenhauer (SO, Shutesbury, MA) in 10th, Kris Brown (SR, Seattle, WA) in 11th and Quinn Chasan (SO, Mercer Island, WA) in 12th. The Stags had another five runners finish between 17th and 25th. CMS, the second ranked team in the West Region and 21st in the nation, put 10 runners in front of every other team's fifth runner. The top performance, other than Sutter, was turned in by Dannenhauer, who ran two minutes faster than he did in this race last year. The Stags beat Pomona-Pitzer 26-32, Occidental 19-42, La Verne 19-43, Cal Lutheran 19-44, Redlands 18-45 and Caltech and Whittier 15-50.
The Athenas, ranked first in the region and 11th nationally, dominated their race. In addition to their five in the first 11, they also had six of the next 19 finishers. CMS put nine runners in front of every other team's fifth runner. The team was led by Jennifer Tavé's (JR, St. Germain, France) second place finish. The other four scorers were Julie Rigby (JR, Tustin) in 5th, Alison Gushue (JR, Tustin) in 7th, Kerrin Smith (FR, Dover, MA) in 9th and Allison Barnwell (FR, Seward, AK) in 11th. Top performances were turned in by Barnwell, who ran in the team's top five for the first time, and by Marnie Hogue (SO, Mercer Island, WA), who ran over two minutes faster than she did in this race last year. CMS beat Whittier 22-39, Pomona-Pitzer 20-41, Cal Lutheran 19-44, Redlands 17-44, Caltech 16-46, Occidental 15-49 and La Verne 15-50.
The SCIAC Championships will be October 30 at Prado Regional Park in Chino. The men race at 8:30 with the women following at 9:15.