George Qualifies for NCAA XC Championships

George Qualifies for NCAA XC Championships

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Becky George qualified to the NCAA Division III national championships and Joel Mott earned All-Region recognition on Saturday at the Division III west region meet at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.

The Whitworth men finished 9th out of 15 schools, while the Pirate women were 12th out of 18.

Mott crossed the line in 26th place with a time of 26:22.7 on the eight kilometer course.  The top 35 finishers are considered All-West Region.  Ethan Widlansky of Pomona-Pitzer won the meet with a time of 25:00.7.

August Albers finished 64th for the Pirates with a time of 27:50.2 while Aidan Smith was 66th in 27:54.7.  Gabriel Meek was 77th and Garret Willey took 79th

The final men's team scores were: Pomona-Pitzer 33, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 43, UC Santa Cruz 102, Occidental 132, Colorado College 172, Redlands 175, George Fox 208, Caltech 209, Whitworth 289, Lewis & Clark 292, Chapman 292, Whitman 297, Pacific Lutheran 322, Cal Lutheran 368, Pacific (Ore.) 431.

The top two teams and the top seven individual finishers not on those teams qualify for next week's NCAA Division III Championships in Louisville, Ky.

George will be one of those individuals on the women's side after her sixth place finish.  She finished the six kilometer course in 22:24.4.  Whitman's Whitney Rich won the race with a time of 21:12.0 and also qualified as an individual.

Krystal Roberts finished 43rd with a time of 24:10.4.  Mary Neder (87th), Isabelle Snyder (94th) and Naomi Reyes (97th) rounded out the top five finishers for the Pirates.

The final women's team scores were: CMS 52, Pomona-Pitzer 67, Occidental 106, Redlands 132, Whitman 170, UC Santa Cruz 173, Caltech 174, Colorado College 204, Lewis & Clark 256, Pacific Lutheran 261, Pacific (Ore.) 294, Whitworth 321, Chapman 343, George Fox 356, Cal Lutheran 388, Willamette 392, Whittier 509, Mills 573.

Next week's NCAA DIII meet will take place at Tom Sawyer Park.