Chapman’s men’s cross country team finished last the women’s finished sixth Saturday at Prado Park in Chino.
The meet was the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship for the Panthers. The women improved from last year’s seventh place finish during their 6K run, beating California Lutheran who placed seventh.
Sophomore Cori Stemper was positive about the improvement on the women’s part, but felt that there was still room to improve.
“Two weeks ago, if we had a smaller gap between our top five scoring runners we would have placed better,” Stemper said.
Saturday marked the first rain storm the team had experienced this season. According to weather.com, 0.15 inches of rain fell between Friday and Saturday at Prado Park. The sudden downpour overnight on Friday created a sloppy course for both the men and the women who raced mid-morning on Saturday.
“We ran well considering the weather and course conditions,” Stemper said. “It was raining and the course was extremely muddy and treacherous.”
In the women’s 6K run, Stemper was first to cross the finish line for the Panthers in 25th place, with a time of 25:13.87, bringing home 20 points for Chapman.
Behind Stemper was sophomore Cathryne Ramirez in 29th with a time of 25:22.71 with 23 points. Sophomore Jessica Selby finished 38th in a time of 25:56.03, sophomore Michiko Yee in 48th place with a time of 26:24.90, freshman Megan Ernst in 56th with a time of 26:49.15 and sophomore Sara Wanous in 71st with a time of 27:56.62.
In 79th, sophomore Sara Delucchi finished with 52 points in a time of 28:37.84. Right behind Delucchi, in the 80th position, was freshman Ashley Kaplan who finished in 28:38.69. In 87th, the last runner for Chapman was freshman Chan Hsu Berit with a time of 28:59.12 scoring 55 points for the Panthers.
The women had a total time of 2:09:46.66 and an average time of 25:57.34 with 152 points, which was one point, or seconds of time, shy of fifth place. Ernst noted that there were strategies the Panthers could employ to close that small gap.
“We just need to work on keeping focus during races to close the gap between our first five finishers,” Ersnt said. “That means staying aggressive during the entire 6K and not letting up no matter who is behind or in front of each of us.”
In the men’s 8K run, junior Chris Reid was first to finish from Chapman, coming in 25th with a time of 27:14.13 and scoring 24 points for the Panthers.
Behind Reid, freshman Adam Frey finished 104th with a time of 30:16.25, freshman Colton Green finished 120th in 32:33:84 and junior Josh Nudelman finished shortly after in 123rd place in 32:45.53 with 61 points. Between the four men, Chapman had a total time of 2:33:37.42 with an average 8K run time of 30:43.49, according to chapmanathletics.com
“If everyone ran a few seconds faster we could have placed higher,” Stemper said.