Pomona-Pitzer received five first place votes and 76 of a possible 81 points to finish first in the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll in a vote conducted by the league's men's cross country coaches.
Pomona-Pitzer finished second in the 2016 SCIAC Championship race behind Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) which won its fifth consecutive league crown. The Stags picked up 67 points in the 2017 preseason poll voting and a pair of first place votes to finish second, while Occidental also notched two first place nods and received 65 total points.
Whittier finished in fourth with 45 points, while Caltech (40 points) and Redlands (39) earned fifth and sixth place respectively. Chapman added 31 points to place seventh, while Cal Lutheran finished in eighth - just two points ahead of La Verne which received 20 points.
Whittier's junior harrier Julian Sandoval clocked a championship wining time of 25:48.77, besting a 17-year old course record en route to SCIAC Athlete of the Year honors. Occidental's junior Brody Barkan was named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year after powering to a sixth place overall finish (26:27.28) pacing the Tigers to a fourth place team finish.
CMS also won the SCIAC Multi-Duals last season, finishing 8-0, while Whittier came in second with a 7-1 multi-dual mark. Occidental placed third with a record of 6-2.
All nine SCIAC squads will compete on Friday, September 29 at La Mirada Park in the SCIAC Multi-Duals. The conference championship will then take place a month later on Saturday, October 28 at Prado Park in Chino Hills, Calif.
2017 SCIAC Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. Pomona-Pitzer (5) - 76 points
2. CMS (2) - 67 points
3. Occidental (2) - 65 points
4. Whittier - 45 points
5. Caltech - 40 points
6. Redlands - 39 points
7. Chapman - 31 points
8. Cal Lutheran - 22 points
9. La Verne - 20 points