CHINO, Calif. — With the same "Pack" strategy they've employed at all of their races this year, the Occidental College women's cross country team finished third at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships at Prado Park with a score of 90. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won the tournament with 38 points and Whittier edged Oxy with 82.
The Tigers had all their top five scorers finish in the top 30, with Sierra Walker (La Jolla, CA) crossing the finish line 12th with a time of 24 minutes and 4.88 seconds. Megan Lang (Longmont, CO) was 15th (24:11), Anna Dalton (Anchorage, AK) finished 18th (24:20), Eliza Dornbush (Seattle, WA) in 26th (25:09) and Jenna Wong (Kaneohi, HI) was 28th (25:09).
"They've been doing a phenomenal job of competing and working as a team all year and they did the same today," Occidental coach Rob Bartlett said.
Oxy's 7-2 finish on Saturday, combined with a third place finish at the SCIAC Multi-Dual on Oct. 15, means the Tigers finish the SCIAC season in third, a position they are happy with.
"I'm proud of the way the women ran today and really the way they've run throughout the season," Bartlett said. "We were able to grab third with a few tight races over the last two weeks and were looking forward to the regional competition in two weeks."
There has been a cluster of Oxy women finishing somewhere close together at most of the Tigers races this season, but Walker has been the first Tiger across the line in the team's last three races.
Pomona-Pitzer's Annie Lydens won the race with a time of 23:11.10.
The Tigers are hosting the NCAA West Regional meet at Pomona-Pitzer on Nov. 12.