Valle Impressive in First Race, Oxy Men 5th in West

Valle Impressive in First Race, Oxy Men 5th in West

CLAREMONTRoxanne Valle continued an impressive start to her Occidental cross country career, finishing second overall at the Pomona-Pitzer/Occidental Dual meet in Claremont on Tuesday.

Valle, a first year from Azusa, ran the 4K in 15:17.9, losing only to 2014 NCAA Division III West Region Champion Maya Wiegel. 

Earlier this season in training, Valle set the informal Oxy women's 3,200 meter time trial record with a time of 11:41, beating junior teammate Mel Devoney's previous best of 11:43. 

"It's a great start to her college career," Oxy head coach Rob Bartlett said. "She has a bright career in front of her and as coaches we're excited to watch it continue to blossom."

Both the Oxy men's and women's teams fell to Pomona-Pitzer in the scored competition. 

The Oxy men, currently ranked fifth in the West Region, were led by senior Tommy Warfel and top first year Tristan Santos. Warfel ran the 6K in 19:42.9 and Santos came in at 19:55.9.

"It was a good opportunity to run at the regional course and a good step forward for two young teams," Bartlett said. "We certainly could have run better, but we're looking to improve on this first meet."

The Tigers are off until Sept. 19 when they compete at the Mustang Challenge in Santa Clarita at 7:30 a.m.

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