SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- California Baptist University’s Track team finished the 2013 PacWest Championships on a strong note Saturday night in San Diego, Calif.
CBU ended the meet with three individual conference champions and 12 All-Conference performers. The Lancer men finished fourth overall as a team and were only four points away from taking third place. The women’s team placed fifth and accumulated a score of 61 points.
The women’s team defeated Academy of Art and the men’s team defeated Fresno Pacific and the hosts, Point Loma.
Jennifer Mallen won the 5k run, dominating the 23 other runners. Her time of 17:53.43 was seven seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
Lutz also finished second in the 10,000m run and with a time of 38:34.72.
Jessica Reeder and Jacqueline Anderson also helped the Lancer women put some points on the board. Reeder finished sixth in the 400m hurdles (1:06.03), while Anderson took the eighth place spot (1:09.05).
Chase Williams had the most impressive score for the Lancer men. Williams finished in first place in the 800m run with a time of (1:52.62), leaving seven other PacWest competitors in the dust.
Lucas Graham missed first place by one second in the 1500m run. Graham finished with a time of 3:53.38 and took down 12 other runners. Chris Cline (3:56.40), Mark Langworthy (3:57.83) and Talal Khan (3:59.09) cracked the top ten in the 1500m.
Khan (15:16.44) and Langworthy (15:21.56) took second and third in the 5000m run for CBU and helped earn the Lancer men much needed points.
Bryton Reim capped off the men’s scoring when he took third place in the 10000m run for the Lancers. Reim finished the race with an impressive time of 33:22.59.
Grand Canyon University’s men’s and women’s teams both took the first place crown and won the PacWest Championships.
“I was very proud of how the team did today and there were a lot of athletes who really stepped up”, said CBU Head Coach Ben Gall. “The team really came together and showed why we are the top distance program in the PacWest. “
“It was an exciting way to end the season for the majority of the team and send the athletes going to nationals off on a very positive note.” said Gall.
For the Lancers that qualified for nationals, their season will resume next Thursday, May 2nd at the NCCAA National Championships in Chicago, Ill.