The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) cross country teams are both ranked highly in the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason rankings which were released on August 24.
The men, the defending West Region champions, are ranked first and the women, who finished third in the region last year, are ranked second. The USTFCCCA preseason national rankings will be released on September 1.
The Stags return five runners from their region-winning team: Kris Brown, Georgi Dinolov, Brian Kopczynski, Kramer Straube and Brian Sutter. All five earned All-SCIAC honors last year with Straube, Kopczynski, Sutter and Dinolov also earning All-Region honors. In addition to winning the region, CMS also won the SCIAC and went on to place 15th at the NCAA Championships.
The Athenas return six runners from last year’s regional squad: Kate Crawford (SO, Seattle, WA), Julia Rigby, Ashley Scott, Jennifer Tav, Laura Wyatt and Aubrey Zimmerling. Tav, Rigby and Scott earned All-SCIAC honors with Tav and Rigby also earning All-Region honors. Tav was runner-up at both the SCIAC and Regional meets and earned All-American honors with her 27th place finish at the NCAA Championships.
The Athenas tied for second in the SCIAC, but were the top finishing SCIAC team at the regional. They finished 22nd at the NCAA Championships, second of three West Region teams.
CMS opens their season with a dual meet against Westmont College along the beach in Santa Barbara on September 4.