Running like goddesses: Athenas soar at SCIAC

By Julia Rigby ‘12Contributing Writer

If you happen to see a pack of wing-footed goddesses gliding through campus, you’ll know you’ve sighted one of the fastest teams in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The Athenas’ cross-country team has championed a historic season thus far and have consistently been ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

On Saturday, Oct. 27 they ran in an exceptionally tight pack at the SCIAC Championships in Prado Park.  Both the Athenas and Stags won.

Scripps senior and Athenas member Marnie Hogue says of the Athenas: “This team is so unique. All of our girls have such a love for each other, a love that we can feel alongside each other in races, at 6:00 a.m. practice, during morning sunrise runs ... there is a strong connection between all of us. We work with each other and for each other. It’s such a special team.”

Alison Barnwell soared to finish first for the Athenas (2nd overall in 22:57), followed by Bridget Blum (4th in 23:23),  Sara Mostatabi (5th in 23:32), Marnie Hogue (9th in 23:47), Aubrey Zimmerling (10th, 23:55), Lisa Beem (12th, 24:11), Kate Crawford (13th, 24:11), Laura Wyatt (21, 24:39), Kaitlyn Spees (22, 24:40), and Taia Wu (24th, 24:48). The Athenas came in 36 points ahead of Occidental University, Pomona-Pitzer came in third, and La Verne finished 4th. Univ. of Redlands was 7th. The team will be heading to Salem, Ore. for regionals on Nov. 1.