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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's and Women's Cross-Country teams remained in non-conference action over the weekend competing in the Mustang Challenge.
Following the tough Central Park Course, the men found themselves finishing 14th and the women 20th. Biola were the surprise winners on the men's side and Division I UCLA took the women's race.
Benjamin White (La Habra Heights, Calif.) was the top SCIAC/Div. III finisher placing 7th of close to 200 men with a time of 25:15 for the 8000m course. Racing sick, Ben worked his way up through the field, moving from approximately 30th place at the mile to latch onto the lead pack. He was as high as 6th drafting off the leaders until they surged away a bit during the closing 800m. Other scorers for our men were sophomore David Del Carmen (Huntington Beach, Calif.), and freshmen Ricardo Lira-Martinez (Bassett, Calif.), Yosh Battarai (Irvine, Calif.), and Kurt Vanegas (Riverside, Calif.).
The ladies were led by senior Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.) with additional scorers in freshman Jeanie Cox (Chino Hills, Calif.), freshman Eliana Garcia (Pomona, Calif.), freshman Elizabeth Donnelly (Langley, WA), and junior Melissa Tobias (Norwalk, Calif.).
Whittier remains in non-conference action this Saturday, October 6 as they take part in the Pomona Invitational in Claremont, Calif.