Nov. 17, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - California sophomore Kelsey Santisteban raced in the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships Saturday at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The Golden Bear finished the prestigious race 70th overall with a time of 20:34.5 in the 6,000-meter race.
"Kelsey ran a gutsy race at the NCAA championships today," Cal head coach Tony Sandoval said. "She was aggressive early which put her with the lead pack through the first mile and beyond. The fast early pace continued through the many tight turns and curves. It cost her as she fell back in the middle but still was able to hold on to the finish. Kelsey's emergence this season has been spectacular. Given that Kelsey is a true sophomore, I see nothing but great a racing career as a Golden Bear."
The sophomore had earned a berth in the sport's most prestigious event after she placed eighth in the NCAA Cross Country Regionals at the Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle, Wash. last Friday. Santisteban completed the 6,000-meter course in a season-best time of 19:15 to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
She was one of 38 individuals that were selected to participate in the NCAA Championships through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top-25 in their region.
Iowa State's Betsy Saina captured the NCAA Individual crown with a time of 19:27.9 in the race. Oregon's Jordan Hasay was the top finisher among Pac-12 competitors, placing third overall with a time of 19:28.6.
Saturday's NCAA meet was the final competition of the fall for the Cal cross country team.