SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – In their biggest meet of the season and the final event of 2018, Seattle U cross country competed against hundreds of runners and dozens of the country’s most talented teams in the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships on Friday, held at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif.
In the women’s 6k race, all seven of the team’s entries finished within 77 seconds of each other. Sophomore Rachel Kastama led the Redhawks, capping off her successful season with a time of 22:41.5. Classmate Megan Delorey came in just two seconds behind her at 22:43.5, in an inverted echo of the recent conference championships (in that race, Kastama finished one second behind Delorey). Freshman Ellie Postma completed the race in 22:52.1, with sophomore Elle Stein crossing the finish line just over five seconds later at 22:57.3. Juniors Shannan Higgins and Thea Foulk followed at 23:04.0 and 23:17.3, respectively, while freshman Marie-Therese Chahrouri posted a time of 23:57.8.
Seattle U finished in 31st place as a team, with second-ranked Oregon taking the 6k title. In all, there were 36 total teams and 250 runners competing.
On the men’s side, the Redhawks ran their first 10k race of the 2018 season. Sophomore Nathan Pixler was the first man across the finish line for Seattle U at 31:25.7, adding another solid finish to his impressive year. Seniors Cal Davidson-Turner and Eli Boudouris ended the race neck-and-neck at 32:19.2 and 32:19.3, respectively, while fellow seniors Ben Monk (32:25.3) and Jacques Hebert (33:08.8) were the fourth and fifth finishers on the team. Sophomore Kyle Kennedy followed shortly afterwards at 33:34.8, pursued closely by the team’s lone freshman, Alex Franklin, at 33:41.4.
The team finished in 22nd place out of 29 total team entries, competing against a field of 212 runners. Fourth-ranked Portland took the 10k regional title.
“We had a bit of a rough day, but I’m proud of how far both teams have come this fall,” said Head Coach Kelly Sullivan. “We have a lot to be excited for as we head into the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.” He also expressed his pride in Pixler’s performance, calling his first-ever 10k race “very impressive”.
Fans can agree that the Redhawks finish the 2018 cross country season with plenty to look forward to, both in the spring of 2019 and in future seasons as the young roster gains experience, and with the upcoming return of those who redshirted this fall.
Next, Seattle U looks ahead to the release of their track and field schedule.