LCC's Claver is healthy enough to finish seventh

11/14/2010 13:36

The sophomore earns all-American status at NWAACC cross country meet

Published: Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 05:02AM - THE REGISTER GUARD

OREGON CITY — Illness didn’t slow MaCayla Claver.

The sophomore from Lane Community College, sick since Wednesday, finished seventh on Saturday at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s women’s cross country championships to earn all-American status.

Claver finished the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 1.47 seconds, well off the top time of 18:29.41 by Everett’s Shawna Schooley.

The Titans’ Rachel Jensen finished just one spot behind Claver with a time of 19:04.37. Lane had three runners in the top 18 and six finish in the top 32.

Overall, Lane finished in fourth place with 76 points. Clark College took home the team title with 40 points.

The Lane men finished in third place with 117 points, behind both Everett (55) and Spokane (19), which had runners finish first, second, third, fifth and eighth.

Jacob Berkner was the top runner for the Titans, who were seeded fifth but finished higher than Southern Region champion Clark College. Berkner finished the 8K course in 26:40.87.

Aria Kiani was 19th for Lane in 36:53.04, and Michael Bellamy was 23rd in 27:01.34.

Spokane’s Anthony Brown was the individual winner in 25:19.88.