A Tradition of Excellence
Few schools, at any level, in the United States can boast the traditions, both academically and athletically, that Occidental College enjoys. Long regarded as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States, Occidental has also amassed a string of conference championships and national championship performances in track and field and cross country that few schools can match.
Occidental Tigers have participated in intercollegiate track and field competition since 1893 and the College has produced conference champions too numerous to list, All-Americans numbering literally in the hundreds, several Olympians and even a handful of world record holders. Occidental’s Track and Field Hall of Fame reads like a veritable “Who’s Who” of American track and field. For over one hundred years, members of the Oxy Tiger Track & Field and Cross Country teams have expected nothing less athletically than they have expected from the College’s academic program – excellence.
In the past decade, members of Occidental’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams have kept the tradition of academic and athletic excellence alive. Since Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach Rob Bartlett took over the program in 2007, the Tigers have accumulated four SCIAC Cross Country Championships, nine All-American accolades and numerous Academic All-American honors. The program’s goal for the future is to continue this success and to establish Occidental as one of the preeminent track & field and cross country programs on both a regional and national level.
The Occidental Track & Field and Cross Country teams compete at the NCAA Division III level nationally and are members of the prestigious Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Both the Cross Country and Track and Field teams compete against the best schools in the West with a schedule that combines large invitational meets, dual meets, and NCAA Division III only championships.