Simpson finishes third at Cal Pac Championships
Simpson University Sports News
ROCKLIN, Calif. - The men and women's cross country teams were in action on Friday, Nov. 2, when they traveled to Rocklin, Calif., to take part in the Cal Pac Championships hosted by William Jessup University.
On the men's side of things, William Jessup secured their second straight Cal Pac Cross Country Championship and placed five runners in the top eleven spots. The Warriors turned in a score of 35 points, with UC Merced in second with 62 points and the Red Hawks coming in third with 70 points. The individual title was won by Red Hawk sophomore Tony Moore, who covered the 8K course in a time of 27:17. His first place finish secured him a place in the NAIA Nationals in Vancouver, Wash., later this month. Marymount's Daniel Rieger came in second place with a time of 27:43, and William Jessup's Wayne Smith rounded out the top three with a time of 27:54. As for the rest of the Red Hawks, Brad Arkens finished 12th with a time of 29:42; Ryan Guerrero came in 18th with a time of 30:32; Thomas Chamberlin finished 19th with a time of 30:34; Nate Marshall placed 20th with a time of 30:35; Thomas McAtee came in 21st with a time of 30:37; and Kevin Martin finished 30th with a time of 33:00.
As for the women, newcomers Soka University won the Cal Pac Championship. The Lions placed five runners in the top twelve and finished with a score of 41 points. The host William Jessup Warriors came in second with a score of 56 points, and the Red Hawks finished third with 57 points. Simpson junior Rebekah Studebaker clinched the women’s individual title with a time of 19:45 on the 5K course. Jessup's Hannah Weisner finished in second (20:14), and UC Merced's Sofia Rios finished third (20:25). Studebaker and teammate Jaclyn Van Schooten, who finished sixth with a time of 21:00, both earned a place at nationals. Rebekah Groen was the next highest finishing Red Hawk. She placed 10th (21:34), followed by Jovita Availa in 16th place (22:22), Michaela Justice in 24th place (23:01), Kim Thurston in 28th place (23:16), and Summer Holloway in 32nd place (23:32).
Story by Dan Anderson
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