Running around

10/21/2010 14:06

Women finish sixth and men finish seventh at Puma Invite

Alan K. Fox -THE TORCH
Issue date: 10/21/10 Section: Sports
 
Aria Kiani was the Titans' top finisher on the men's team at the PUma Invite on Oct. 16 in Portland. He ran a time of 26:48.7 in the 8k run.
Media Credit: Alan K. Fox
Aria Kiani was the Titans' top finisher on the men's team at the PUma Invite on Oct. 16 in Portland. He ran a time of 26:48.7 in the 8k run.

The Titans traveled to Portland on Oct. 16 to run in the Puma Invite, hosted by Concordia University.

Sophomore MaCayla Claver, who ran unattached for LCC, finished 13th overall with a time of 18:16.8 in the 5k race.

Two other Titan women, freshmen Rachel Jensen and Laura Jackson, finished among the third of the race. Jensen finished with a time of 19:05.1 and Jackson finished with a time of 19:26.9.

"I really enjoyed the course and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to be able to race there," Jackson said. "I thought my team did really great and put in a lot of effort in to their races and a lot of us even improved our 5k times, so it was a pretty exciting day."

Six women set a personal-best for a 5k run, and LCC finished sixth overall in a run that only included two other community colleges.

"I feel like the girls ran pretty consistently starting with our first runner all the way to the seventh runner," head coach John Scholl said. "The goal for them was to stay packed for as long as they did, and I saw a lot of separation but I think everyone challenged themselves and ran really well."

On the men's side, freshman Aria Kiani was the Titans' top-finisher. He ran a time of 26:48.7 in the 8k run.

The other top Titan finishers were sophomore Michael Bellamy, who finished with a time of 27:23.7 and freshman Miguel Niveves, who ran a time of 27:42.5.

"On the guys' side I feel that a lot of them got caught up in the race, and took off a little too fast, which you can't do in a 8k," Scholl said.

The Titan men anticipated tough competition in Portland. Sophomore Reyes Rivera felt the team did well overall.

"I felt that everyone gave it their best shot and showed amazing efforts," Reyes said.

Scholl seemed pleased with the team's performance as well.

The Titans finished in the seventh and final spot of the race.

"The goal of today was to challenge our kids, get them out there and have no race strategy and have them see what it's like to compete against other people that are going to push them," Scholl said.

The next meets for Titan cross country include the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' Southern Regional Championships on Oct. 31 and the NWAACC Championships on Nov. 14.