RIVERSIDE -- The Occidental men's and women's cross country teams competed against more than 25 programs and several hundred runners, ranging from NCAA Division III to NCAA Division I competition at the UC Riverside on Saturday morning.
It was Oxy's second meet of the season and its last before SCIAC Multi Dual competition begins on Oct. 1.
The Oxy men were 12th in the 8k and the Oxy women placed 13th in the 5k in fields that included the likes of Arkansas, Utah Valley and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
"It was a very competitive field with a lot of good athletes," Oxy head coach Rob Bartlett said. "It was exciting to compete against some division I powerhouses right next to SCIAC rivals."
Brody Barkan was Oxy's No. 3, continuing his improvement in the longest race of his life. Barkan is competing in his first cross country season ever after spending most of his career as a middle distance track and field athlete.
"He's like a duck to water," Bartlett said. "It's like he was born to do it."
The Tigers had four first years perform well in just their second collegiate race. Thomas Robertsonand Ian McConnell finished fifth and sixth for the Tigers, their highest finish so far in their young careers.
With a handful of returners not in top form, first year Fiona Pedrick (19:12.04 - 67th) performed well to take the No. 1 spot and first year Sabrina Thurber (19:37.43 - 97th) jumped up to No. 4. Much like Oxy's first year guys who ran well, Pedrick and Thurber looked even better than their first time out.
"They going to have very strong Oxy careers and today was a very nice performance in what was a very large competitive college field," Bartlett said.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram