Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens

Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens is the joint athletics program for Pomona College and Pitzer College, two of the Claremont Colleges. It competes in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of the NCAA Division III. Its mascot is Cecil the Sagehen. Its primary rival is the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags and Athenas, the joint team of the three other undergraduate Claremont Colleges.[4]

Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens
UniversityPomona College
Pitzer College
ConferenceSouthern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference[1]
NCAADivision III
Athletic directorLesley Irvine[2]
LocationClaremont, California
Football stadiumMerritt Field[3]
Basketball arenaVoelkel Gymnasium
Baseball stadiumAlumni Field
Softball stadiumPomona-Pitzer Softball Stadium
Soccer stadiumPomona-Pitzer Soccer Stadium
Lacrosse stadiumSouth Athletics Complex
NatatoriumHaldeman Aquatics Center
Other arenasPauley Tennis Complex
Strehle Track
MascotCecil the Sagehen
ColorsBlue and Orange


There are 10 men's and 11 women's teams.[5]

Men's sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo

Women's sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo


The nickname "Sagehen" first appeared in a 1913 issue of The Student Life newspaper.[6] In the timespan from 1914 to 1917, two nicknames were used: "Hun" and "Sagehen". At the beginning of 1918, they began using the "Sagehen" as the only symbol of Pomona. One popular myth is that a reporter intended to refer the teams as sage Huns, but accidentally typed "hens". However, many say this tale is very unlikely because the "u" and "e" on a keyboard are quite far.[6] Later Pomona-Claremont began using it, and it is now the nickname for the combined Pomona-Pitzer team.

"Sagehen" refers to the Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), a large ground-dwelling bird native to western United States, distinguished by is its long-pointed tail. If feeds mainly on sagebrush (hence its name).


Cecil the Sagehen is the official mascot of the team, and serves as its graphic image. The first reference to "Cecil" was made in the 1946 Metate (Pomona College's yearbook).[7] Rather than in grouse's natural brown and white colors, the mascot is rendered in the team's official blue and orange colors.[8]


  1. "Administration". sagehens.com.
  2. "Athletic History". sagehens.com.
  3. "Pomona Pitzer Athletic Facilities". sagehens.com.
  4. "Sports and the Outdoors". Pomona College. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  5. "Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens". Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  6. "The History of Cecil the Sagehen". Pomona-Pitzer Athletics. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  7. Hotaling, Debra (February 7, 1999). "Mascots Unmasked". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  8. "Cecil Image and Athletics Color Usage Guidelines". Pomona-Pitzer Athletics. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
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