Chapman’s women’s cross country program brought home a sixth place finish at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) at La Mirada Park Friday afternoon, while the men’s team finished ninth out of the nine competing schools.
Freshman Megan Ernst, who finished 57th with a time of 27:34.81, felt positive about the results put forth by her teammates.
“We are not as competitive as we could be but this year is definitely acting as a turning point in Chapman cross country history,“ Ernst said. “Right now, were just trying to beat the teams in our reach one by one and we plan to place even better at conference finals in a few weeks.”
Sophomore Cathryne Ramirez, who finished 20th, led the ladies with a time of 22:57.06. Sophomore Cori Stemper finished 36th with a time of 23:38.91.
“Today, we placed sixth, which is three places better than the team last year,“ Ernst said.
Sophomore Michiko Yee finished 47th with a time 24:08.09, freshman Ashley Kaplan finished 68th with a time of 25:16.89, sophomore Chan Hsu Berit finished 73rd in 25.38.39 and sophomore Sara Delluchi finished 81st with a time of 26:11.02. Rounding out the women’s 6k run for the Panthers was sophomore Melissa Bastanipour in 96th in 28:30.23.
“It was a tougher race for the guys,” said junior Chris Reid, the top Chapman finisher on the men’s side. “We didn’t have enough men to score so it was just about individual performances.”
Reid, who finished 43rd with a time of 27:34.95, was followed by freshman Adam Frey, 95th, with a time of 29:41.58. Junior Hugo Flores followed in 101st place in 30:05.55.
The Panthers next meet will be Saturday, November 1 at Prado Park for the SCIAC Championships.
“Almost everyone had a PR (personal record) today and we are excited for the next meet,” Stemper said. “If we can close the time gap between our first and fifth runners, we would definitely improve.”