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Cross Country Gets Course Records, Hat Trick and More

    By HPU Athletics. September 22, 2014 - 10:32 pm


The Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Teams met the competition at BYU-Hawai’i, in Seasider territory on Saturday. The women’s and men’s teams both brought home first place titles, along with course records at the BYUH Invitational.

In the blistering heat of the early Hawaiian morning, Fiona McKenna ran a course record with a time of 18:09 and once again won the 5k race. However, she was not the only Shark that ran a course record. Leandro Santillan also set the course mark along with winning the 8k men’s race with a time of 25:46.

McKenna was also not the only lady Shark that had a great race. Senior Jaimie Neal and junior Marissa Kunsch finished in 2nd and 3rd place, running times of 18:52 and 19:10. These three were joined by Meghan Fairchild (6th), Evelina Maansson (13th), Cassandra Borton (17th), Gabrielle Wisot (23rd), and senior Taylor Sinn (32nd). These performances are what allowed the Sharks to beat the Division I island rival, the University of Hawai’i.xsmall__A2_0889_1

Along with winning the race and setting a course record, senior Santillan manage to pull off a hat trick by winning the race three years in a row. He was not only Shark that had a good day, seniors Fermin Villagran and Yeltsen Vasquez moved up significantly from their last race. Villagran finished 2nd overall and Vasquez at 7th. They were also joined by Jorge Mendez (5th), Jorge Mendoza (8th), Cody Bartlett (10th), Ricky Oschner (11th), Mark Mojarro (14th), Samuel Dominguez (18th), and Paul Tucker (19th). The men showed that the Sharks are the dominant cross country team in the state.

Coach Jorge Medina commented on the race, “I am very pleased to see that both teams hard work is paying off. With that said, we still have a long ways until conference so we cannot let up just yet.”

Come see the Sharks in action on October 11th in the Chaminade Invitational.

Photos by Eric Alcantara.