BROOKS, Ore. – Whitworth University posted a nine-point win over Willamette University in the women's 6K race while the Willamette men breezed to victory in their 8K race at the 2016 Northwest Conference Cross Country Championships at Willamette Mission State Park Saturday morning.
Individual honors went to Willamette's Olivia Mancl, who successfully defended her 2015 crown, and Brad Hodkinson of Pacific Lutheran University in the men's race.
Whitworth out-pointed Willamette 42 to 51 by placing three runners in the top five positions. Third place went to Linfield College with 109 points, while the University of Puget Sound and Lewis & Clark College tied for fourth with 129 points each. Whitman College was right behind in sixth with 130 points, followed by Pacific University (Ore.) with 155, George Fox University 157, and Pacific Lutheran University 272.
Mancl, who posted a second-place finish in the NCAA Division III National Championships last year, cruised in with a time of 20:53.8, over 20 seconds better than Kayla Leland of Whitworth, who ran a 21:14.4. Third place went to Hannah Swanson of Willamette with a 22:11.4, followed by Allison Wood of Whitworth at 22:12.6, Bailey Scott of Whitworth at 22:13.0, Tori Klein of Puget Sound at 22:27.8, and Ami Boucher of Willamette at 22:28.1. Those seven earned All-NWC First Team honors.
Comprising the All-NWC Second Team in place eight through 14 respectively were Emma Knudson of Linfield at 22:30.3, Stephenie Spencer of Pacific (Ore.) at 22:31.8, Courtney Beard of Linfield at 22:32.1, Kori Groenveld of Lewis & Clark at 22:36.2, Thais Pedro-Trujillo of Whitworth at 22:39.3, Serena Wallace of Pacific (Ore.) at 22:40.6, and Whitney Rich of Whitman at 22:43.2.
Mancl was named the NWC Women's Runner of the Year, while Rich received NWC Women's Freshman of the Year honors. Toby Schwarz repeated as the NWC Women's Coach of the Year.
Willamette had four runners in the top nine spots and collected 36 points en route to its fifth straight NWC title, well ahead of second-place Pacific Lutheran with 81. Whitman took third with 90 points, followed by Whitworth with 118, Lewis & Clark 132, George Fox 138, Puget Sound 139, Linfield 161, and Pacific (Ore.) 272.
Hodkinson's winning time of 24:56.3 was 34 seconds ahead of runner-up Patrick of Loftus of Willamette with a 25:30.3. Places three through seven, which join with the top two slots to comprise the All-NWC First Team, included Blake Slattengren of Lewis at 25:34.6, Liam Monheim of Lewis & Clark at 25:40.9, Grant Bingham of Whitworth at 25:55.4, Michael Montague of Willamette at 25:56.8, and Caleb Moosman of Whitman at 25:57.8.
The All-NWC Second Team, featuring runners from eighth through 14th, included Keith Carlson of Willamette at 26:06.1, Ryan Morris-McDermott of Willamette at 26:11.2, Kyle Rapacz of Pacific Lutheran at 26:13.6, Ricardo Castillo of Willamette at 26:15.0, Matt Wotipka of Whitman at 26:19.7, Daniel Harper of Whitworth at 26:21.2, and Ross Enlow of Willamette at 26:22.3.
Hodkinson was named the NWC Runner of the Year, while Monheim received the NWC Freshman of the Year award. Matt McGuirk of Willamette repeated as the NWC Coach of the Year.
Next up the Northwest Conference teams are the NCAA Division III West Regional Championships, set for Saturday, Nov. 12, at Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, Ore., with Willamette at the regional host.
Complete results of the 2016 NWC Cross Country Championships are available on the NWC website at http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/xc/2016-17/files/xc-nwcchampresults2016.pdf.