COLFAX, WASH. – Seattle U cross country returns to Eastern Washington this week for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) West Regional Championships, with hopes to earn a spot in the NCAA National Championship meet.
This year’s regional championship is hosted by Washington State University at the Colfax Golf Club in Colfax, Wash. Races will start at 11:30 a.m. PT with the women’s 6k and conclude with the men’s 10k at 12:30 p.m.
Both the women’s and men’s squads are bringing eight runners to compete for Seattle U. The women boast three seniors in Thea Foulk, Shannan Higgins and Olivia Stein, as well as three sophomores in Marie-Therese Chahrouri, Courtney Gelmini and Ellie Postma; meanwhile, junior Rachel Kastama and freshman Delaney Griffin act as the torchbearers for their own classes. The men’s team for the meet is headlined by seniors Andrew Ayers and Blake Delaney, as well as the talented junior trio of Hamza Ali, Kyle Kennedy and Nathan Pixler. Sophomores Ansel Pendley-Griffin and Lance Slichko will also compete, as will freshman Gus Harquail.
At this year’s Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships, Stein and Pixler were the top Redhawk finishers in their respective races – Stein posted a time of 22:12:12 in the women’s 6k race, while Pixler finished the 8k in 26:03.14. Pixler also competed in last year’s West Regional 10k race, finishing the course in 31:25.7.
The Redhawk women will face runners from Arizona (#7 West Region), Arizona State, #13 Boise State (#3 West Region), California (#14 West Region, Cal Poly (#12 West Region), Cal State Fullerton (#10 West Region), Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Idaho (#15 West Region), Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, #19 Oregon (#4 West Region), Oregon State (#8 West Region), Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland (#6 West Region), Portland State, Sacramento State, San Diego, San Diego State, San Francisco (#13 West Region), San Jose State, Santa Clara, St. Mary’s, #2 Stanford (#1 West Region), UC Davis (#11 West Region), UC Irvine, UCLA (#9 West Region), UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UNLV, #4 Washington (#2 West Region) and Washington State.
Seattle U’s men face a challenging field of their own, with representatives from Arizona State, #27 Boise State (#6 West Region), California (#14 West Region), Cal Poly (#10 West Region), Cal State Fullerton, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga (#7 West Region), Grand Canyon, Idaho (#15 West Region), Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, #6 Oregon (#2 West Region), Pepperdine, #11 Portland (#4 West Region), Portland State, Sacramento State, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara (#13 West Region), St. Mary’s, #4 Stanford (#1 West Region), UC Davis, UC Irvine, #10 UCLA (#3 West Region), UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara (#12 West Region), #14 Washington (#5 West Region) and Washington State (#8 West Region).