Cross Country sprints their way into nationals

Hannah Ellett

Despite the rainfall and muddy course, the Whittier College Cross Country teams finished strong at the Division III West Regional at Bush Park in Salem, Oregon this past weekend.

The Women’s team placed 10th out of 21 teams while the Men’s team finished 4th, qualifying them for the first time in program history for the Division III National Cross-Country Championships at Spalding College in Louisville, Kentucky on Nov. 19.

Junior Julissa Tobias, who finished 7th overall for the Poets, also qualified for the Division III National Championships, her second time while running for Whittier.

Senior Julian Sandoval led the Poets, finishing 5th overall while senior Ruben Solorza finished 20th, seniors Kevin Huey and Osvaldo Cerda, and first-year William Howells came in 25th, 26th, and 27th.  The top five qualifiers for the Poets were honored with All-Region awards.  Seniors Gabriel Calove and Tanner Olsen also competed for the Poets, finishing strong amongst the pack. 

Along with Tobias, juniors Jessica Iribe and Justice Navarro, sophomores Anahy Covarrubias, Esmeralda Martinez, Jessica McCollum, and first-year Melissa Tobias all finished high enough to clench the 10th place finish. Tobias and Iribe both earned NCAA All-Region honoree.

This weekend will mark the end of the line for the Poets as they fly to Louisville, Kentucky to end their season racing in the Division III National Cross-Country Championships.