CLAREMONT, Calif. — It was a day of personal records for the Occidental College women's cross country team at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, with seven individual bests pacing the Tigers to a fifth place finish.
Junior Sierra Walker, who finished first for Oxy and 25th overall (22 minutes and 58.4 seconds), led the group of PRs with Megan Lang (23:09.7), Eliza Dornbush (23:11.4), Anna Dalton (23:34.3) and Jenna Wong (23:51), Danielle Lyons (24:49.5) not far behind.
Cal State San Marcos won the competition and No. 26 Whittier was the only Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team to finish ahead of Oxy, edging the Tigers for fourth place by nine points
The women went into the race hoping their group approach would push them to better times.
"I am excited that a lot of the girls had huge PRs and that we did a really good job of packing together," Eliza Dornbush. "I think this is great to see and a great way to get ready for conference."
Occidental coach Rob Bartlett said it was encouraging to see his team able to execute the "pack" strategy for the second consecutive race.
"I was very pleased with them," Bartlett said. "They ran as a team and executed our team strategy which was to run in a pack at the start of the race."