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Repeat!
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 10/27/2012
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HONOLULU, Hawaii --- California Baptist University headed to Honolulu, Hawaii, to regain its conference crown this Saturday morning, and the Lancers' men's team did just that.

The men's team repeated as PacWest Champions, while the women finished in second behind Azusa Pacific.

Talal Khan led the men's team today with an impressive 8K time of 25:39.10. Not only did Khan lead the Lancers, but he also beat out a field of 85 runners to take home the first ever individual conference title for CBU.

"The guys went out today and ran really tough," said head coach Ben Gall. "The conditions were not ideal with the heat and the humidity, but we ran a very patient race and moved up well in the second half. The guys did what they needed to do to bring home another title."

Chris Cline also had a very impressive race today, finishing fifth overall with a time of 26:21.65.

"Chris ran the race of his life today to nab a top five finish," said Gall. "His performance really spurred the rest of the team on during the middle of the race to stay focused and track down the other teams."

Mark Langworthy had a strong performance finishing seventh overall with a time of 26:29.45.

Joshua Massey finished 12th overall with a time of 26:51.70 and Trevor Henson placed 15th overall with a time of 27:05.10 capping off the Lancers' top five finishers.

CBU finished with 40 points and BYU-Hawaii came in second with 66.

All six CBU runners, including Lucas Graham, who finished 20th, All-PacWest honors.

 

Despite the women's team missing Ashlee Cervantes and dealing with a rolled ankle from Malaysia Alexander, they still pushed Azusa Pacific to the limit and captured second place.

Jennifer Mallen led the women's team today, third overall out of 90 runners with a 5K time of 18:32.80.

Rebecca Asplund placed 14th overall with a time of 19:37.70. Following Asplund was Natalie Ball, who finished 15th overall and was only 0.25 seconds behind Asplund.

Bethany Bilton finished 20th overall with a time of 19:41.00 and Naomi Van Setten rounded out the top five for CBU with a time of 19:51.30.

The women scored 74 points, falling just shy of Azusa Pacific's 62 points.

"I was very proud of the women and how they finally put together a race where they ran aggressively and were not afraid to go after their competitors," said Gall. "All season APU has been way ahead of us and today we showed we weren't going down without a fight."

Mallen, Asplund, Ball and Bilton all earned All-PacWest.

CBU runs next at the NCCAA National Championships on Nov. 10 in Cedarville, Ohio.

 

 


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