Busy Day for Pacific Cross Country Ends With 2nd Place Finish At UNR Twilight Classic
This weekend was a busy one for Pacific's Cross Country team, as the team split into two groups with one competing at the Crystal Springs Invitational and the other at the University of Nevada Reno Twilight Classic.
The Crystal Springs Invitational was a chance for the development group to get a challenging race under their belts.
Despite hot and hilly conditions, the group still managed to run a strong race. Sophomore Jessica Guerra (Stockton, Calif.) ran intelligently for a 20th place finish. Fellow sophomore Dale Dong (Stockton, Calif.) had a major breakthrough with some great aggressive running and placed 22nd to set a new course personal record.
Pacific also sent five runners to the UNR Twilight Classic. This meet was a chance for Pacific to race Division I schools from the Mountain West Conference. Running at 4,500 feet with smoky air lingering from the Rim Fire created difficult conditions for the racers.
The Tigers had a strong showing racing the short 4k course under the lights. With 100m left, Lauren Nakaso (San Ramon, Calif.) outkicked four UNLV runners to help Pacific earn a second place finish. Sophomore Standout Becky Grabow (Carson City, Nev.) broke the school record in the 4k to place fifth in the meet.
"It was encouraging having so many fans come to our race in Nevada, it definitely got our energy high and helped us achieve our goals" said Grabow, who was returning to her home state.
Junior Sarah Bailey (Vernon, B.C.). looked strong in her second race of the season and freshman Megan Hall (Rocklin, Calif.) added another solid race to her young college career.
Coach Jones was pleased with how the race went for the Pacific runners.
"This was a huge milestone for us to place second at a division I competition without having our full team as both Lindsay Wourms and Mia Knipper are resting this weekend. The ladies are looking stronger from week one with just form and strength. I am looking forward to the WCC preview meet next weekend and the team being back at full strength."
Pacific is back in action Saturday, Sept.14, in Malibu, Calif. for the Pepperdine Invitational, which will give the team a preview of the course they will race for the WCC championship meet.