Titans take second behind Clark

11/04/2010 13:41

Both cross country teams finish strong in Coos Bay with sights set on championships

Alan K. Fox -THE TORCH

Issue date: 11/4/10 Section: Sports

Both Titan cross country teams lost the top spot at the Southern Regional Championship meet to Clark - the women fell by a margin of one point - on Oct. 30 in Coos Bay.

Sophomore MaCayla Claver claimed the individual championship for the women's team with a time of 18:39.10 in the 5k race, which was 20 seconds ahead of the second place runner. She has been the Titans' top finisher in every meet other than the Corban Invitational.

"Macayla ran a smart and very strong race from the gun," head coach John Scholl said. "She is putting herself in good position to have a strong showing at NWAACC's."

Of the top 15 finishers overall, five were Titans.

Freshman Rachel Jensen finished fourth overall with her time of 19:18.73.

Both Claver and Jensen were named to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' All-Southern Region team.

Other Titans finishing in the top 15 include freshman Laura Jackson, who ran a time of 19:43.35 and finished ninth, freshman Lisa Martin finished 11th with a time of 19:45.42 and sophomore Megan Hale finished 15th with a time of 19:58.01.

"I'm really excited how well both of our teams performed and I believe that we brought in a lot of competition for the other teams," Jackson said.

Scholl was named NWAACC Southern Region Women's Coach of the Year for the second straight year.

The men's team finished second overall behind Clark.

Freshman Aria Kiani was the only Titan runner to finish in the top 10 with his seventh-place performance with a time of 27:30.31 in the 8k race.

Kiani was named to the NWAACC All-Southern Region team.

The Titans claimed places 11 through 14 overall, which helped secure the second place spot for the team title.

"I feel quite encouraged about how this sets us up for competing at Clackamas," Scholl said. "We are starting to taper to get ready to run hard and fast at NWAACCs."

The next meet for the Titans will be the NWAACC championships in Oregon City on Nov. 13.