CLAREMONT — The Occidental women's cross country team finished sixth out of a field of 20 teams and 133 runners at the NCAA Division III West Region Championship race at the Pomona-Pitzer Course on Saturday.
Only Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2nd) and Pomona-Pitzer (5th) were better from the SCIAC.
The Tigers exceeded expectations. Prior to the race, Oxy was not ranked in the top 10 in the West.
Valle, a first year from Azusa, was Oxy's first to cross the line, finishing the 6k in 22nd place overall at 22 minutes, 56.93 seconds.
Townsend was 29th at 23:12.71 and Blumm was 35th with a time of 23:21.96.
Maya Weigel of Pomona-Pitzer was the overall winner of the race with time of 21:24.98.
Willamette won the team championship with CMS placing second. Both will receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division III Championship in Winneconne, Wis. on Nov. 22.
Oxy's Top 5
Roxanne Valle, 22:56.93 - 22nd overall
Eva Townsend, 23:12.71 - 29th overall
Aria Blumm, 23:21.96 - 35th overall
Mel Devoney, 24:08.64 - 57th overall
Sarah Ruiz, 24:33.72 - 69th overall.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram