Titans' XC gets ready for the NWAACC Southern Regionals

10/28/2010 09:45

Claver takes 19th overall in Beaver Classic

Alan K. Fox -THE TORCH

Issue date: 10/28/10 Section: Sports
 
Media Credit: Alan K. Fox

The Titans had one last tune-up race before the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' Southern Regionals at the Beaver Classic in Corvallis on Oct. 23.

Sophomore, MaCayla Claver, was the only LCC runner to participate in the race, and she finished 19th overall with a time of 22:34 in a race of over 100 runners, most of which were from four year schools in the 6k run.

"Our goal for MaCayla at the Beaver Classic was to get in a competitive race that could push her before she runs at Regionals," head coach John School said. "The field was deep and the race was 6k instead of 5k, which posed a great challenge to see where her level of fitness is. She ran a fairly consistent and strong race."

Claver continues to run strong for the Titans; she finished 13th overall at the Puma Invite on Oct. 16 in Portland.

This was the first race that Claver has been able to run were she didn't have to run attached.

The Titans on both the women's and men's side seem to be ready for a competitive race at the regionals.

Claver is the only returner from LCC's 2009 Southern Regional Championship team ont the women's side, and was the overall runner-up last year.

"She [Claver] has a good chance of coming away with the individual title this year," Scholl said. "She faces strong competition from her own teammate, freshman Rachel Jensen."

When asked about the Southern Regionals, Jensen said that she was focused on the NWAACC Championships, but was sure that the team was going put everything they had into the race.

The top finisher on the men's side at the Puma Invite, Aria Kiani was very excited to about the upcoming race.

I'm looking forward to a competitive race," Kiani said. "I believe our biggest asset is our ability to work as a team, which will be brought out this weekend."

"I am excited to be able to race at the meet," freshman Laura Jackson said. "I'm sure the race will be on a fast course, which will make it more fun and I'm hoping to bring home some great points for the team."

On the men's side, Michael Bellamy is the only returner from the men's squad who finished runner-up and fell short by one point to Clark in 2009.

"Lane will have to step it up and have some improved performances to upset the defending Champions," Scholl said. "Our training puts us in a good position to perform well this weekend, we just need to stay focused on the goals the teams have set. It will be fun to see who wants it the most and who comes out on top when the races are over."

This was the last run for any of the Titans to run in before the Northwest Athletic Association Southern Regionals in Coos Bay on Oct. 30.