Nov. 9, 2012
SEATTLE - Sophomore Kelsey Santisteban raced to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country West Regionals at the Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle, Wash on Friday afternoon to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships next Saturday, Nov. 17, in Louisville, Ky.
Santisteban completed the 6,000-meter course in a season-best time of 19:15 to earn a spot in the prestigious NCAA Championships next weekend. She led a successful group on the women's side that placed ninth overall in a competitive field of more than 30 teams.
"Kelsey was outstanding today," said Cal head cross country coach Tony Sandoval. "She finished on the top-10 to insure herself a qualifying position to next Saturday's NCAA Championships in Louisville. She was in control the whole race and I see her finishing well next week."
A young group raced on the women's side with three freshmen and two sophomores joining one senior and one junior in Friday's event. Freshman Xochitl Navarette registered a time of 21:13 to place 66th, while senior Hillary Hayes was right behind in 69th with a time of 21:15. Junior Elisa Karhu and freshman Mariel Mendoza raced together with identical times of 21:24. Freshman Ashlyn Dadkhah posted a time of 21:35 and sophomore Laura O'Neill finished in a time of 21:47 for the Bears.
"The women all had season-best performances to break into the top-10, I was very proud of their accomplishments today," Sandoval said following Friday's women's race."
Oregon's Jordan Hasay won the event in a time of 19:16 to lead the Ducks to a first-place showing in the women's NCAA West Regionals.
Sophomore Chris Walden paced the men to a 13th-place performance in a strong field of more than 30 schools, finishing 62nd overall individually with a time of 30:45 for the 10,000 meters. Fellow sophomore Jordan Locklear was close behind Walden in 64th with a time of 30:50. Senior Renaud Poizat finished in 31:15, while freshmen Leland Later (31:16) and Matt Carpowich (31:18) were right behind their Golden Bear teammate. Senior Simon Schmidt completed the course in 31:39, while junior Agustin Alva rounded out the Cal group with a time of 32:38.
Stanford captured first place in the men's NCAA West Regionals, while Arizona's Lawi Lalang took first-place honors individually with a time of 29:02.
The NCAA Championships will be held at E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. next Saturday, Nov. 17. The official field for the national meet will be announced on Saturday.
Individual Winner: Lawi Lalang (Arizona) 29:02. Cal Finishers: 62. Chris Walden 30:45; 64. Jordan Locklear 30:50; 86. Renaud Poizat 31:15; 88. Leland Later 31:16; 91. Matt Carpowich 31:18; 105. Simon Schmidt 31:39; 146. Agustin Alva 32:38.
Individual Winner: Jordan Hasay (Oregon) 19:16. Cal Finishers: 8. Kelsey Santisteban 19:52; 66. Xochitl Navarette 21:13; 69. Hillary Hayes 21:15; 80. Elisa Karhu 21:24; 82. Mariel Mendoza 21:24; 98. Ashlyn Dadkhah 21:35; 116. Laura O'Neill 21:47.