Cross Country Women Finish Third At Regionals

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whitworth University women's cross country team just missed the cut to advance to the NCAA Championships as the Pirates finished third in the team standings at the West Regional, hosted by Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday.

Sophomore Amanda Blankenship was the top finisher for the Pirate women, crossing the line in 22:52.82 for 14th place. Fellow sophomore teammate Kellyn Roiko was just behind her, coming in 15th with a time of 22:52.91. Junior Christina Williams finished 21st with a time of 23:09.15 and senior Elisabeth Spencer finished in 23:16.21 for 26th place. Willamette's Michaela Freeby earned the top honors in the women's 6k run with a winning time of 21:37.66.

The Whitworth women scored 112 points as a team, which put them in third place out of 20 teams, but came up just short behind regional champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (62) and second place Willamette (81). Entering the meet, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps held the top regional ranking, with Willamette holding the second rank in the region. The top two teams in each regional qualify for nationals, as do the top seven individual finishers not on the two advancing teams. The Whitworth women could still qualify for nationals as an at-large team.

The Whitworth men finished 12th out of 18 teams  with 304 points in the men's 8k race. Sophomore Chris MacMurray was the first of the Pirate men to cross the finish line, as his time of 26:44.03 put him in 46th place in the individual standings. Junior Taylor Steele, junior Trent Dudley and sophomore Colton Berry rounded out the top four finishers for Whitworth.  Steele finished with a time of 27:02.27; Dudley had a time of 27:09.45 and Berry finished in 27:15.36.

Occidental's John Guzman won the men's race with a time of 24:40.27, with Willamette's Parker Bennett finishing second with a time of 24:52.14. Host Pomona-Pitzer was the top men's team with 71 points, holding off second place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, who finished the day with 78 points in the team standings.

Full results can be found here.