Region title; L-C teams win conference
Wash. – While senior Calin Hantau ran away
from the field, the Lewis-Clark State
College men's and women's cross country
teams ran away from its Frontier Conference
foes during the Region I championships on
Hantau was the top
overall finisher in the men’s race, covering
the 8 kilometer course in 25 minutes and one
second. The victory means the NAIA All
American runner from last year will be
headed back to the national meet. Hantau's
victory makes him the first ever individual
regional title winner in LCSC history.
“He ran a very
tactical race,” LCSC coach Mike Collins
said. “He never led until late in the race.
When it came time to shift to another gear,
he was the only one.”
While the Warriors
captured both conference titles, the team
ran into some stiff competition in the
region portion of the meet, which serves as
the qualifier for the NAIA national meet.
Despite being the
highest ranked team in the region, the
Warrior men's team finished third. The
Warriors, ranked No. 8 in the NAIA poll this
week, finished behind No. 24 Simon Fraser
and No. 10 Eastern Oregon. Simon Fraser ran
away from the field with 46 points, while
Eastern Oregon was second at 74. LCSC was
third at 89, while College of Idaho was
fourth at 92.
“I think we’re a
little disappointed in not winning the
title, but Simon Fraser ran like a Top 10
team,” Collins said. “I didn’t think we ran
Collins said that
EricTuwei, normally a high finisher for the
Warriors, was ill and couldn’t finish the
race. He said while Tuwei’s usual high
finish wouldn’t have helped the team catch
Simon Fraser, he did think it would have
been enough to finish ahead of Eastern
In the Frontier
Conference portion of the race, the LCSC men
had six of the top seven runners, led by the
1-2 finish of Hantau and Aaron Galbraith.
Galbraith was 12th overall in the region
race at 25:50.
As a team, the
Warrior men finished with 18 points in the
conference race, while Carroll was second at
62 and Westminster third at 71.
On the women's
side, Simon Fraser, the NAIA's top-rated
team, ran away with the Region I crown with
25 points, while No. 7-ranked British
Columbia was second at 70. Eastern Oregon,
ranked No. 17, had 117 points, while LCSC,
ranked at No. 15, was at 122.
Collins said he
figured third place would be a toss up
between Eastern Oregon, LCSC, and College of
Idaho, and only 16 points separated the
“I thought we ran
well,” he said. “Jenny (Jensen) led a
portion of the race but fell back at the
The Warriors had
little trouble in winning the Frontier
Conference portion of the meet. Jensen, a
senior, was the top overall conference
finisher, and was 11th overall, in 18:41
over the 5-kilometer course. The Warrior
women had six of the top nine female
finishers in the FC meet, including
sophomore Kylie Astle and Emily Perkins, who
finished second and third. Astle was 19th
overall in the regional race in 19:07, while
Perkins was 21st in 19:26.
LCSC finished with
22 points in the conference meet, while
Carroll was second at 63 and Great Falls
third at 66.
the winning team from each region earns an
automatic berth to the national
14 region champions will join 14 at-large
berth teams for the national meet in
Kenosha, Wisc., on Nov. 17. At-large berths
are determined by the final rankings.
Collins said he
believes both Warrior teams will get
at-large berths and they should find out
either Monday night or Tuesday morning. If
the current rankings were used, both LCSC
teams would qualify.
This marked the
first cross country championship race in the
history of the Frontier Conference.
- 1, Simon Fraser 46. 2, Eastern Oregon 74.
3, LCSC 89. 4, College of Idaho 92. 5,
Southern Oregon 122. 6, British Columbia
238. 7, Corban 240. 8, Northwest U.
244. 9, Warner Pacific 281. 10, Carroll 283.
11, Westminster 304. 12, Concordia 306. 13,
Oregon Tech 325. 14, Evergreen State 332.
15, Great Falls 403.
- 1, Calin Hantau, LCSC, 25:01. 2, Dylan
Gant, SF, 25:09. 3, David Wambui, SF, 25:15.
4, Eric Burck, Con, 25:32. 5, Ryan
Brockerville, SF, 23:35. 6, Kevin Jeffers,
SOU, 25:37. 7, Tyler Hopper, CoI, 25:37. 8,
Cameron Kreuz, SO, 25:40. 9, Zach Heath, EO,
25:46. 10, Jesse Chelbeck, CoI, 25:47.
Aaron Galbraith 25:50. 21, Christ McConnell
26:11. 26, Adrian Ramirez 26:25. 29, Jake
Miller, 26:32. 31, Sean Huey 26:35. 82, John
Kane 28:27. 91, Keith Nebeker 29:01.
- 1, Simon Fraser 25. 2, British Columbia
70. 3, Eastern Oregon 117. 4, Lewis-Clark
State 122. 5, College of Idaho 133. 6,
Corban 146. 7, Northwest U. 242. 8, Eastern
Oregon 277. 9, tie, Great Falls and Carroll
278. 11, Southern oregon 342. 12, Evergreen
State 345. 13, Warner Pacific 349. 14,
Concordia 354. 15, Westminster 380. 16,
Northwest Christian 413. 17, Rocky Mountain
- 1, Kristen Kolstad,
SF, 17:46 . 2, Jessica Smith, SF, 18:13. 3,
Ali Hudson, SF, 18:16. 4, Elizabeth
Knudtson, NU, 5:46. 5,
Angela Shaw, SF, 18:25. 6, Shannon Elmer,
UBC, 18:32. 7, Macella Bosh, EO, 18:36. 8,
Danielle Jordan, Cor, 18:39. 9, Stephanie
Helm, CoI, 18:39. 10, Natalie Bell, UBC,
- 11, Jenny Jensen, LC, 18:41. 19, Kyle
Astle, 19:07. 21, Emily Perkins 19:26. 34,
Lindsay Szybura 19:51. 40, Katja Palm-Loevslett,
20:01. 48, Rikki Glick 20:14. 81, Rosa
Bautista 21:06. 86, Casey Hampton, 21:16.
91, Jenny Gulsvig 21:30.