COLFAX, WASH. – Seattle U cross country finished their season on Friday at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) West Regional Championships, competing against the best of the best for a chance to move forward to the National Championships. Ultimately, the men’s squad finished in 26th place as a team, while the women finished 28th.
Senior Olivia Stein turned in a fantastic performance for the Redhawk women, finishing the 6k run in 21:09.5. Her 61st-place finish was the highest ever in women's school history.
“I think that this was one of Olivia’s best performances ever,” said Head Coach Kelly Sullivan. “She won the WAC 10k title two years ago, but today was even more impressive, in my opinion.”
Next to complete the race was junior Rachel Kastama at 22:24.6; she was followed by freshman Delaney Griffin with a time of 22:39.9. Later, a slew of Seattle U sophomores crossed the finish line in close succession – Ellie Postma came in at 23:00.6, Courtney Gelmini finished four seconds later at 23:04.6, and Marie-Therese Chahrouri posted a mark of 23:05.4. Finally, senior Shannan Higgins rounded out the group at 25:04.3.
For the men’s 10k race, junior Nathan Pixler led the way for Seattle U with a time of 31:53.2, followed by classmate Hamza Ali’s 32:10.6 and fellow junior Kyle Kennedy’s tremendous personal best of 32:52.3, which was better than his old time by 42.5 seconds. Senior Andrew Ayers also posted a personal record at 33:08.1, as did freshman Gus Harquail with 33:34.4. Lastly, senior Blake Delaney crossed the finish line at 34.03.4, and sophomore Ansel Pendley-Griffin completed the race with a PR of 35:20.1.
With the conclusion of cross country, the team looks ahead to the indoor track and field season, which starts in February.