NWAACC Championship Recap
The Titans traveled up to Everett, WA for the NWAACC Championships at Everett Community College this past weekend to close out the season. Although the rain held off for both races, the temperature was a bone chilling 40 degrees, and rain all week left the rolling hill course very muddy and covered with puddles.
The women started the day off with two top-10 performances over the 5k course. Gylany Crossman (SO) finished a strong second to claim All-American honors. She closed the gap on the leader and held that spot most of the race while fighting off a pack of six ladies over the last 1 1/2 miles. Rachel Jensen (SO) was picking off other runners the entire race to come in very strongly capturing the ninth spot overall. "I'm so proud of these two gals' performances today", said Coach John Scholl. "They've had to work through some obstacles this year, but they've persevered and came out with a great finish to their season. I know they're disappointed with their place and/or time, but several other coaches (including me) were impressed with how tough they ran today."
The men followed up with a blistering 8k having the overall winner run 24:32. Each of the seven Titans ran their fastest time of the season by 30-50 seconds with a team average of 25:46 (5:11/mile). Daniel Silvey (FR) was the Titans first runner coming in an impressive 13th. Ryan Perry (FR) and Kyle Ruhlin (FR) stepped up in a huge way to move up in the team lineup finishing 14 and 22. Cesar Perez (SO) and Michael Maisonville (FR) didn't have their strongest showings, but still ran tough races to claim the Titans four and five spots, putting Lane's top-5 in the top-30. Joe Campbell (FR) was just off that finishing a strong 31st, and Stetson Smith (FR) had another breakthrough race rounding out Lane's top-7. These outstanding performances allowed the men to capture third overall, 6 points ahead of fourth place Clackamas, and 9 points ahead of fifth place Treasure Valley. "What an awesome 8k today", said Coach Scholl. "I'm amazed how fast the times were. I knew our guys were ready to run well, but this blew me away. Our guys moved up spots the entire way, with several guys even passing 2 or 3 in the final stretch. To say these guys fought hard today is an understatement."
That concludes the Titans XC season. They will have a long training break until the Track season gets started in March.