Bearcat Men Win West Region Cross Country Championships for Fourth Straight Time

SALEM, OR — Crosby Freeman and Will Leer of Pomona-Pitzer College finished first and second in the NCAA Division III West Regional Cross Country race, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Willamette University men’s cross country team won its fourth straight regional title Saturday at Bush Park in Salem, OR.

Willamette, led by freshman Tristan Knutson-Lombardo and Travis Harris, won the team title with 60 points. Pomona was second with 62 points. Colorado College finished third with 73 points.

Freeman easily outdistanced the pack, winning the 8K race in 24:41.35. Leer was second in 25:09.50. Julian Boggs of Colorado college was third (25:16.55). Whitworth’s Doug Blackburn finished fourth (25:34.55), followed by Knutson-Lombardo (25:36.10), Dan Hayman (Claremont-M-S, 25:38.10), Daniel Castenada (Colorado College, 25:51.05), Harris (Willamette, 25:53.50), Kevin Chaves (Occidental, 25:55.50) and Kota Reichart (Puget Sound, 25:56.60).

All those racers qualify for the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships next Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The men’s team competition came down to the fifth place finisher for both teams. For Willamette, Ian Batch finished 15th, Nick Symmonds finished 17th and Carlos Ruiz finished 20th.

Pomona’s finishers after Freeman and Leer included Sean McCarren (13th), David Maas (14th) and Nick Hlady (36th).

The top 35 finishers all receive All-Region honors and are listed below:

1 Freeman, Crosby Pomona-Pitzer 24:41.35 1
2 Leer, Will Pomona-Pitzer 25:09.50 2
3 Boggs, Julian Colorado College 25:16.55 3
4 Blackburn, Doug Whitworth College 25:34.55 4
5 Knutson-Lombardo, Trista Willamette 25:36.10 5
6 Hayman, Dan Cms 25:38.10 6
7 Castaneda, Daniel Colorado College 25:51.05 7
8 Harris, Travis Willamette 25:53.50 8
9 Chaves, Kevin Occidental 25:55.50 9
10 Reichart, Kota Puget Sound 25:56.60 10
11 Nichols, Alex Colorado College 25:59.10 11
12 Laughery, Mark U. of Redlands 25:59.55
13 McCarron, Sean Pomona-Pitzer 26:01.40 12
14 Maas, David Pomona-Pitzer 26:03.35 13
15 Batch, Ian Willamette 26:05.40 14
16 Silverman, Peter Chapman University 26:09.50
17 Symmonds, Nick Willamette 26:13.85 15
18 Waldeck, Robert Colorado College 26:17.45 16
19 Sasaki, Kent Linfield College 26:18.90 17
20 Ruiz, Carlos Willamette 26:20.70 18
21 Brandt, Justin Linfield College 26:22.25 19
22 Jensen, Daniel Cms 26:23.85 20
23 Clough, Josh Willamette 26:26.05 21
24 Hanlin, Trevor Puget Sound 26:26.90 22
25 Wilson, Harrison Linfield College 26:27.70 23
26 Cutter, Teo Occidental 26:28.20 24
27 Rowland, Clare Cms 26:33.60 25
28 Grassley, Jeff Whitworth College 26:35.00 26
29 Deitz, Jacob Whitworth College 26:37.85 27
30 Van Antwerp, Mike Cms 26:38.50 28
31 Coleman, Adam Cms 26:41.70 29
32 Bradosky, Jacob Cal Lutheran 26:42.00 30
33 Ramon, Alex Occidental 26:43.50 31
34 Mayers, Nick Puget Sound 26:44.50 32
35 Overby, Scott Willamette 26:48.10 33

Team Scores:

1 Willamette University 60 5 8 14 15 18 21 33
Total Time: 2:10:09.55
Average: 26:01.91
2 Pomona-Pitzer 62 1 2 12 13 34 47 55
Total Time: 2:08:44.60
Average: 25:44.92
3 Colorado College 73 3 7 11 16 36 49 63
Total Time: 2:10:15.00
Average: 26:03.00
4 Claremont Mudd Scripps 108 6 20 25 28 29 40 45
Total Time: 2:11:55.75
Average: 26:23.15
5 Whitworth College 141 4 26 27 38 46 62 65
Total Time: 2:13:03.30
Average: 26:36.66
6 University of Puget Sound 144 10 22 32 39 41 44
Total Time: 2:13:15.65
Average: 26:39.13
7 Occidental 158 9 24 31 35 59 68 72
Total Time: 2:13:37.45
Average: 26:43.49
8 Linfield College 180 17 19 23 54 67 77 90
Total Time: 2:14:43.75
Average: 26:56.75
9 Lewis & Clark College 239 37 42 50 53 57 64 70
Total Time: 2:16:37.75
Average: 27:19.55
10 Cal Lutheran 298 30 60 61 73 74 79 81
Total Time: 2:18:27.70
Average: 27:41.54
11 George Fox University 306 48 51 58 69 80 86 89
Total Time: 2:19:00.61
Average: 27:48.13
12 Whitman College 318 43 56 66 71 82 83 84
Total Time: 2:19:24.25
Average: 27:52.85
13 Caltech 382 52 76 78 85 91
Total Time: 2:23:04.15
Average: 28:36.83
14 University of La verne 435 75 87 88 92 93 94 95
Total Time: 2:26:31.00
Average: 29:18.20