Sagehen Split-Squad Runs Well At Riverside, With Lydens Leading The Way

Riverside, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Cross Country team split its squad into two different races at the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday morning.

Some of the veterans ran in the 5K Open, while most of the newcomers ran in the 6K Invitational run (which was held in hotter than normal conditions).

Senior All-American Annie Lydens picked up the pace this week after a light run at UC Irvine last weekend. Lydens finished the 5K with a 17:48, more than 1:30 faster than her first race of the year last weekend (when she ran a 19:20). She ranked fifth overall out of 217 competitors (second among attached runners, and first among Division III competitors).  

Claire Brickson also had a strong run in the 5K, ending with a 19:08 to rank 32nd in the field, while Camille Matonis was 43rd with a 19:24.5.

In the 6K UC Riverside Invitational run, senior Roxanne Cook (pictured) ran a 23:00.7 to place 68th out of 132 runners, leading the way for the Sagehens. Alicia Mizes was 76th with a 23:10.7, and Molly Cole was 85th with a 23:25.5.

"We ran very well today with a split team in two different races," said Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "We needed some frosh to get a taste of running the college 6k distance, while we also had some veterans who needed to race only a 5k today, since it's still only September. I was very pleased with how everyone ran, and we're looking forward to hosting our home invite in two weeks when we'll have our first race with the entire squad intact and racing from the gun."