Titans' Cross Country looks impressive at Linfield Preview
Women finish fourth and men finish fifth
Alan K. Fox
Issue date: 10/7/10 Section: Sports
The Titans traveled to McMinnville on Sept. 25 to run in the Linfield Preview, an invitational meet attended by teams from Oregon State University, Linfield and the UO Running Club.
On the women's side, the Titans finished in fourth overall, only one point behind Linfield.
North Eugene High School graduate Rachel Jensen led the Titans, finishing fifth overall. Jensen crossed the finish line 30 seconds behind the leader with a time of 24:08.43 in the 6k run.
LCC's fourth place finish was the highest ranking by any community college in the race.
Also finishing on the top 20 was sophomore Megan Hale, who finished 15th, freshman Laura Jackson, who finished 19th, and freshman Caitlynn Holmes who finished in 20th.
Six Titan women's runners finished in the top 30 in a heat of more than 50 participants. The men had five finishers in the top 30 in a 50-runner heat as well.
Freshman Jacob Berkner once again was the top finisher for the Titans on the men's side. He finished 15th overall with a time of 27:50.92 in the men's 8k run.
The Titan men finished fifth overall, which was also the highest finish for any community college team at the invitational.
LCC sophomore Michael Bellamy finished 21st overall finish with a time of 28:34.95.
"Our team has become very close in the past month, we've all become great friends outside of practice, which in turn has made us better teammates when it comes time to focus on our training and competition," Bellamy said. "All season so far these guys have dedicated themselves to the sport and the team, and seeing that day after day in practice adds fuel to the fire when the gun goes off at the start of a race."
The Titans look to improve on their success so far early in this season.
"We have a lot of season left, and we will improve with each race in time to peak at the NWAACC championship meet," Bellamy said. "I'm excited to see what we can do. This is a completely different team from last year and I have been enjoying it more and more as the season progresses."
While coach John Scholl was satisfied with his team's performance in McMinnville, he knows there's still room to grow.
"There were some performances that stood out, but we definitely have several things to work on over the next three weeks before our meet at Concordia on Oct. 16," Scholl said.