Above: The men’s cross country team poses with their championship trophy. Photo courtesy of SCAC.
The future may be brighter than ever before for the men of the Colorado College cross country team, who won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship (SCAC) this past Saturday. The men were led by an individual championship from SCAC newcomer and runner of the year Peter Callan, who is a first-year from San Francisco, Calif. Despite Trinity University’s best efforts, the CC men were able to withstand the pressure and post a 25-point total, just seven points better than Trinity.
“What a great moment for our team,” said Head Coach Ted Castaneda. “We fought tooth and nail with Trinity the whole way through and we knew it would be a dogfight. We didn’t really know until the last half-mile that we were going to win the meet. These guys worked so hard this entire season and it paid off today.”
Callan covered the eight-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 59.28 seconds, which was nearly 25 seconds better than the second-place finisher, Austin Brown of Trinity. Following closely behind Callan, the Tigers placed their top five runners in fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth. The top five men in order were Peter Callan, Tony Calderon, Conor Terhune, Max Blackburn, and Jack Williams. Other than Terhune, who is a senior this year, all of the top five finishers were first-years.
Taking place at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, T.X., this year’s SCAC Championship featured what looked to be a two team race between Trinity and CC. Trinity bested the CC Tigers with a resounding 15-50 victory in 2015. With revenge on their mind, CC was able to use their superb first-year class to propel them to victory. The prediction that it would be a two team race was very much so realized in the results. Both CC and Trinity placed their top six runners before third-place Texas Lutheran University placed their first runner. Texas Lutheran finished with 109 points compared to Trinity’s 32 and CC’s 25.