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CMS Men's Cross Country Earns Team Title at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Stevie Steinberg finished third for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's cross country team, Kyril Van Schendel came in fourth and the Stags placed first in a strong showing at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, seeing five runners finish within the top eleven on Saturday morning to win by 16 points. 

CMS finished with 32 points to take the team title, while Azusa Pacific placed second with 48 points. Cal Poly Pomona was in third with 77 points, while Caltech was the second-highest finishing SCIAC team in sixth, followed by La Verne in seventh, Chapman in eighth, Cal Lutheran in 10th and Whittier in 11th. 

The top two finishers, Santiago Hardy (Antelope Valley) and Benjamin White (Whittier), ran strong to secure top-two finishes, Steinberg pulled ahead from the next wave of runners and earned a third-place finish at 25:02.7. Van Schendel had a strong finishing kick, sprinting down the final stretch of the course towards the line to grasp a fourth-place finish in 25:10.2. 

Will Kimball was close behind in ninth place for the Stags, crossing the line in 25:24.9. Oliver Pick earned 10th place in 25:27.6, Miles Christensen placed 11th 25:27.7 to close out the five CMS scorers. 

Adam Wilkinson finished 18th in 25:40.2, Evan Hassman came flying in right behind in 25:41.7 for 19th. Daniel Sealand placed 23rd, Henry Pick was 24th and Zachary Traul rounded out the group placing 27th.

Just outside of the scoring top 30, Adam Sage finished 33rd, Daniel Krasemann and Noah Battaglia placed 35th and 36th, while Gage Hornung and Daniel Fajardo finished 47th and 49th, respectively. 

Also finishing in the top half of the 138-runner field were Daniel Fajardo in 49th, Kai Gundlach in 52nd, Declan O'Neill in 58th, Arjun Natarajan in 62nd.

CMS will return to action in three weeks as they prepare to participate in the SCIAC Championships back at Pomona-Pitzer on Oct.30. The last time it was held, the Stags won a dramatic team title in a tiebreaker over the Sagehens in 2019.