Chico State Women's Cross Country Team Takes 2nd at Regionals

Nov 9, 2013 8:46 PM

Sat., Nov. 9, 2013
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SPOKANE, Wash. – Ayla Granados, Sara Mikesell and Rebekah Barha are bringing home All-West Region honors for the second straight season, but the Chico State women’s cross country team just missed pulling off the upset of 4th-ranked Alaska Anchorage Saturday at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Spokane, Wash.

The defending champion Wildcats, ranked No. 5 in the nation entering the race, finished three points behind the 4th-ranked Seawolves (76-79) in the six-kilometer event at Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex. Sixth-ranked Simon Fraser finished third with 94 points, and Seattle Pacific (137) and Western Washington (157) wrapped up the last of five NCAA Championship berths.

Chico State will be making its 14th consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships right back in Spokane on Nov. 23. The Wildcats have finished among the nation’s top 10 in each of the last 11 seasons.

Alaska Anchorage’s Susan Tanui won the race in 21:45.4 seconds and teammate Joyce Kipchumba crossed the line in second.

Chico State nearly made up the deficit as Granados finished fifth (22:07.3), Mikesell seventh (22:20.2), Bahra 11th(22:37.0), freshman Sadie Gastelum 26th (22:52.2), and freshman Haley Kroll 30th (22:54.6) to complete the Wildcats’ scoring before the fifth Seawolves runner crossed the line. But they came up just three spots short, which amounts to a as little as two seconds.

Jessica Varela finished 40th for the Wildcats and Hayley Swanson 50th in the 161-runner field.


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