Simpson women's cross country wins first-ever Cal Pac Championship
Simpson University Sports News
ANGWIN, Calif. - Simpson's men and women's cross country teams traveled to Angwin, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 4 to compete in the California Pacific Conference Cross Country Championships. The event was hosted by the Pioneers from Pacific Union College.
The Lady Red Hawks ended up taking the top spot in the team competition with 33 points. Simpson was led by Rebekah Studebaker who turned in a time of 21:24 finishing in second place overall. Anges Silvestro of Holy Names University won the individual race with a time of 19:59.
Holy Names came in second place in the women's team competition with 44 points; William Jessup University finished third with 50 points; the host Pacific Union College came in fourth with 109 points; and Menlo College finished in fifth with 133 points. UC Merced did not score runners but they did compete in the event. The win marks the first team championship for Simpson's cross country team in just its fifth season of competition. Also, it is just the second team in Simpson school history to win a Cal Pac Championship. Simpson's women's softball team won the Cal Pac title in 2009-2010.
The Warriors from William Jessup won the men's team competition. Even though they finished tied with Holy Names University with 34 points, they won based on the sixth runner tie breaker rule. William Jessup came out on top because their sixth runner came in 12th place and the Hawks sixth runner came in at 16th place. The win marks their first Cal Pac Championship win since 2008. Behind the Warriors and Hawks in the team competition were the Red Hawks who finished in third place with 61 points, Pacific Union College in fourth place with 106 points, and Menlo College in fifth place with 145 points. UC Merced did not score runners but did compete in the competition.
Fernando Diaz of Holy Names won the individual race with a time of 26:52. On their outstanding performances, Diaz, Zachary Holt of Holy Names and Red Hawk standout Tony Moore will represent the conference at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver, Wash.
Written by Dan Anderson
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