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By HPU Athletics. November 17, 2014 - 12:56 pm
The Hawai’i Pacific Women’s Cross Country Team competed in the PacWest Conference Championship Friday. The women’s team placed third with four runners making the All-PacWest Team. Fiona McKenna earned her second individual title in as many years.
The PacWest runners ran in the chilly conditions at the infamous Woodward Park in Fresno, CA. The chilled conditions seemed to have little to no effect on Dublin native Fiona McKenna, who led the Sharks at the championship race. McKenna ran a time of 21:11 for the women’s 6k race which gave her a decisive victory over the next runner who was 18 seconds behind her.
McKenna made first team All-PacWest but was not the only to do so. Senior Jamie Neal also made first team All-PacWest finishing seventh with at time of 22:06. Junior Marissa Kunsch and freshman Meghan Fairchild both made second team All-PacWest. Kunsch ran 22:22 placing 11th with Fairchild coming in two places behind her with a time of 22:39.
Along with Fairchild, sophomore Gabrielle Wisot and freshman Cassandra Borton made their PacWest Championship debuts today. They were also accompanied by Evelina Maanson. Wisot finished 31st with a time of 24:05 and Borton finished 50th with a time of 25:22. Maanson stepped up big for the team and ran with a broken collarbone. She finished 42nd, running a time of 24:39.
The Sharks finished in third place, just barely losing to Azusa Pacific by four points and Cal Baptist by seven. The Sharks even scored better than the previous year when they placed second but still fell short of their previous placing.
Coach Medina had this to say about the race, “I am very proud of the women’s team. Even though they were unfortunately plagued by end of the season injuries. They still showed up and gave it their all, and that is all I ask for from my athletes.”
The Sharks will return to action on November 22 in hopes of berthing their first national appearance at the West Regional Championship in Montana.
Photo by Eric Alcantara.