Lauren Allison, Staff Writer
Seniors Josh Hunt and Yadira Lopez led the men and women’s cross country teams this year at the 2017 NCAA West Region Championships, hosted by Western Oregon, University.
Lopez finished 66 th overall with a time of 22:36.3 minutes, while junior Lindsey Dorney finished second for the Saints with a time of 23:52.6, placing 130th out of the 209 competitors. Sophomore Yeshi Vaughan and junior Sadie Dalgleish placed third and fourth for the Saints with times of 24:53.7 and 25:14.7 followed by Cassie La Brake who finished with a time of 28:41.8. For the men, Hunt finished 104 th out of 188 th with a time of 32:35.2. Freshman Miguel De LaMelena finished second for the Saints with a time of 34:20.6. Juniors Levi Schilter and Joe Edgecomb finished third and fourth for the Saints with times of 34:29.1 and 34:39.6 followed by sophomore Colton Buster who finished with a time of 34:47.5. As a whole, the women’s team finished 27th with 753 points and the men finished 26th with 754 points.
Dorney commented, “It was a fun weekend to be with the team. I think we had some really strong performances and I’m glad that many of us were able to improve on our times. There was a lot of competition which made it really fun to race and be competitive.” The Saints faced some tough competitors with the first-place runner for the women from Alaska Anchorage finishing with a time of 20:26.1. The men’s first place runner from Western Oregon finished with a time of 29:49.2.
Junior Larissa Kolasinski finished 31st with a time of 23:22.50 at the GNAC Championships held in Bellingham Wash., a week before region championships. On the men’s side, Hunt finished first for the Saints with a 27:22.50-minute time placing him 59th overall. Lopez finished second for the women with a time of 23:34.06 which put her in 37th overall. Dorney commented on the Bellingham track by saying, “The toughest race of the season was on the Western course in Bellingham. There are a lot of hills during the second half of the race and it is usually rainy during that race. The rain makes the course very muddy so it is easy to slip, especially on the downhills and on the grass.” She adds that for next year, “My goals are to continue improving and for our team to place higher at conference and regionals. I think we all put in a lot of work and we are capable of being a strong and competitive team.
According to head coach Jim Brewer, “Our athletes have worked so hard this season putting in countless hours on the trails, in the weight room, and on the track. Many of our athletes set personal records this season and that has been a result of all their hard work.” Only two of the five seniors compete in the championships this last weekend. “Our seniors will be missed.” Brewer added.