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Adam Sage was 4th by just .1 to help CMS take the team title from Cal Poly Pomona via tiebreaker
Adam Sage was 4th by just .1 to help CMS take the team title from Cal Poly Pomona via tiebreaker

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


CLAREMONT, Calif. - Adam Sage (fourth), Oliver Pick (sixth) and Miles Christensen (tenth) had top-10 finishes at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational to help CMS tie for first place with Cal Poly Pomona with 50 points apiece, with the Stags earning the team championship via the tiebreaker.

The tie came down to the higher placements among each team's top finisher, second-place finisher, etc. Cal Poly Pomona's top runner finished second, two spots ahead of Sage, but Pick finished ahead of the Broncos' No. 2 (sixth place to ninth), Christensen ahead of Cal Poly Pomona's No. 3 (10th place to 11th) and Nick Taubenheim was one spot ahead of his counterpart for the Broncos (12th to 13th). Hayden Beauchemin crossed in 18th place to seal the team win for the Stags.

Sage actually edged out Jerry Baltzer of Biola by just one-tenth of a second (25:09.0 to 25:09.1) with that nose-to-nose finish being the difference between CMS finishing first and second. Beauchemin was also just .3 ahead of 19th place, which also gave the Stags the final point they needed to pull into a tie with the Broncos. 

Benjamin white of Biola, who ran as an undergraduate at Whittier, was the individual champion in 24:43.1, winning by five seconds over Leandro Candray of Cal Poly Pomona. Pick's 25:10.2 earned him the highest finish of his cross country career in seventh (he won the 5000 in a SCIAC Multi-Dual during track and field season). Christensen earned his tenth career top-10 finish by crossing the line in 25:25.0.

Taubenheim finished in 25:34.0 to earn his 12th place finish (out of 162 runners). Beauchemin then crossed in 25:49.2, just .3 ahead of Daniel Sealand (HMC '22) of the Stags Track Club, with Daniel Fajardo in 20th in 25:50.5. 

Five other CMS runners earned top-50 finishes with Henry Pick in 31st (26:11.4), Hale Behan in 38th (26:28.5), Noah Battaglia in 40th (26:30.1), Daniel Krasemann in 41st (26:31.7) and Agustin Gomez de la Vega in 42nd (26:23.2). Adam Cohan was just outside in 51st in 26:45.3, as was Kai Gundlach in 54th (26:47.5). 

Biola was third in the team standings with 62 points, while Pomona-Pitzer, which rested a few of its top runners, came in fourth with 124 points.

CMS will be back in action in three weeks for the SCIAC Championships, which will be held at Prado Park on Oct. 29.