When senior Julissa Tobias and junior Julian Sandoval left their hotel Saturday morning for a country drive to Principia College, Elsah, Illinois, it was a humid 68 degrees with little wind. Soon after arrival at the college’s famed North Farms Cross Country Course, a course carved out of bean fields and hilly timber land, the pair experienced a classic Midwestern warm-front / cold-front shift dropping temperatures to 42 degrees with a wind chill of 34 degrees.
Junior Julian Sandoval and senior Julissa Tobias are on their way to the Division III National Championships for cross-country set to take place tomorrow, Saturday, November 18 in Illinois at Principia College.
Qualifying for the NCAA Regionals for a cross-country runner is an internal competition among friends and teammates. One must finish the regular season ranked among the top seven runners on one’s team. Not often an easy task…
The 2017 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's Cross Country teams were announced Thursday. First Team All-SCIAC honors were determined by the top 10 finishers at the SCIAC Championships, while the Second Team All-SCIAC members were determined by the next 10 to cross the finish line. The Newcomer, Ray Adkinson, and Coaching Staff of the Year accolades were voted on by the league's member head coaches.
Dynasties in most sports are built one game at a time. In cross country it’s one mile at a time. That’s what Coach Greg Phillips told three returnees and a half-dozen freshmen at the start of the season. Even so, prospects for a winning season looked dim after graduation and attrition claimed eight of the team’s 11- man roster. It had been eight years since the Whittier College Men’s Cross Country Team found themselves finishing their conference schedule in the bottom half of the nine-member SCIAC. That was a disappointing 6th place in 2010. The team, entering the SCIAC Championships in an unfamiliar 5th place with No. 4 man senior KamRon Perry (San Jose, Calif.) compromised by injury, were determined to make certain it wouldn’t happen again.
The Whittier College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams continue to improve placing 5th and 6th, respectively, of 13 teams at the Pomona Invitational. Whittier’s 4th (KamRon Perry (San Jose, Calif.)) and 5th (David Del Carmen (Huntington Beach, Calif.)) males closed some gaps and the Poet 2nd (Jessica Iribe) and 5th (Esmeralda Martinez) females were upside surprises. While the top seven per team are all important scorers in the sport of cross country, Coach Greg Phillips credited the aforementioned foursome the most for the positive team results.
Junior Julian Sandoval (El Monte, Calif.) received recognition this week from the conference being named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Athlete of the Week in the second week of voting.
The Whittier College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams took on some of the top NCAA Div. I distance runners on Saturday at the 37th running of UC Riverside’s annual invitational. The men placed 26th of 41 teams in the elite invitational division won by No. 4 Div. I Southern Utah University, while the women posted an 18th place score among 43 teams in the open division, won by the Arkansas Razorbacks, also a top Div. I ranked program.
The Whittier College Men’s & Women’s Cross Country teams opened their competitive seasons Saturday racing 273 distance runners representing 18 colleges and universities including a number of unattached athletes at the Biola Invitational.
While official team practice doesn’t begin until August 24, the men’s and women’s cross country teams are already logging summer mileage crucial to success in the sport. Tradition will find the Poet endurance runners working hard at an altitude training camp in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., until Cal State Fullerton’s Mark Covert Invitational on September 2. Biola’s Invitational (September 9) and UC Riverside’s fast, flat course (September 16) will follow; all early meets purposed toward preparing for peak performances in November.
Surpassing expectations, the No. 28 ranked Whittier College Men’s Cross Country team placed 23rd of the 32 qualifying teams at the NCAA Division III National Championships this past Saturday. The Louisville Sports Commission and Spalding University co-hosted the event at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, Louisville, Kentucky.
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Whittier College Men's Cross-Country team made history Saturday morning (Nov 19, 2016) in Louisville, KY during the NCAA Division III National Championships as they finished 23rd out of a field of 32 teams.
The 23rd place finish beats the 28th ranking going into the Championships, and beats the highest ranking on the season (24th) which came after our SCIAC Championships race. It also bests the top team cross country finish ever which was 24th place by the women's team in 1994. Individually, sophomore Julian Sandoval's time and place was the second best men's performance ever.
The Whittier College Men’s Cross Country team moved up eight places to No. 24 in the Division III Cross Country National Polls heading into the regional championships this past Saturday and made good on the implied prediction of becoming one of the minorities of 400 men’s cross country teams to qualify for the national championships.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Whittier College Men’s Cross Country team raced to a top-half Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) finish by placing 3rd of the nine member schools at the SCIAC Cross Country Championships at Prado Regional Park.
The Whittier College Men’s Cross Country team scored another impressive performance Saturday during the Pomona Invitational finishing a close 3rd behind NAIA powerhouse Westmont College (2nd) and nationally ranked Pomona-Pitzer (1st) (Coached by former Poet mid-distance runner Tony Boston).
The men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their seasons with a high altitude training camp and race August 27 – September 3. The teams have been running long and hard at elevations exceeding 10,000 feet in the mountains near Mammoth Lakes, CA before a quick descent to Brea, CA for Saturday’s Mark Covert Invitational. “We use this opportunity to teach our runners how to compete on sore legs, with tired bodies, and compromised minds”, commented Coach Greg Phillips. The men scored a 4th place finish out of 12 teams in the open division. The women placed 6th of nine teams.
The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will release its annual list of top performing academic teams next month, and the Whittier College Women’s Cross Country team will be among the honorees for the 8th consecutive year.