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Best Of The Best
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 11/10/2012
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CEDARVILLE, Ohio --- California Baptist University capped off its cross country season earlier today competing at the NCCAA Nationals in Cedarville, Ohio, grabbing a pair of Top 5 finishes.

The men's team finished third out of 31 teams, while the women's team placed fourth out of 28 and was led by Jennifer Mallen's individual championship.

Mallen became CBU's first individual national champion, beating out 204 runners with a 5k time of 17:43.20, winning by three seconds.

Natalie Ball wasn't too far behind Mallen finishing 13th overall with a time of 18:41.90, just six seconds shy of being in the Top 10.

Naomi Van Setten was 18th overall with a time of 18:58.12. Malaysia Alexander placed fourth for the Lancers (19:23.44) and Rebecca Asplund rounded out CBU's top five group with a time of 19:52.27.

The Lancer women finished with 117 points while PacWest rival, Azusa Pacific, won the national championship with 80 points.

"The top three women ran very well today to cap off a great season for CBU," said Head Coach Ben Gall. "Jenny ran a very aggressive race to claim CBU's first ever cross country championship. I was very proud of her. Natalie Ball ran the race of her life to get under 19 minutes for the first time and claim All-American honors."

Meanwhile, in the men's race, PacWest Champion Talal Khan finished seventh overall out of 220 runners with an 8K time of 25:22.44 to earn All-American honors and lead the Lancers to a third place finish.

Chris Cline finished 12th overall with a time of 26:01.94. Freshman Lucas Graham finished 18th overall with a time of 26:19.74.

Julian Hernandez placed fourth for the Lancers (26:21.36), and Mark Langworthy capped off CBU's top five with a time of 26:46.77.

CBU finished with 84 points and Oklahoma Christian won the men's meet with 41 total points.

"Talal and Chris were All-Americans and I was extremely proud of them, but the big story of the day was Lucas Graham and Julian Hernandez, two freshman running their best college races yet," said Gall. "I am very excited for the future of this program and this race showed why."

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