Southern Oregon Men, College of Idaho Defend CCC XC Titles - Owl men 7th, Women 8th
Tech's Korey Humberston was the lone Owl in the top-10, finishing 7th
at the 2009 Cascade Conference Championship. Humberston hopes to make
his third-straight appearance at nationals in two weeks.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - The Southern Oregon University men's team placed three runners in the top six while the College of Idaho women had five scoring runners in the top-12 as both teams won Cascade Collegiate Conference championships on Saturday for the second straight season. David Laney of SOU and Alice Taylor of Concordia won the men's and women's individual titles.
Southern Oregon, ranked #1 in the NAIA national coaches poll, won the event with 39 points, distancing themselves from #11 College of Idaho by 23. In third-place was #19 Eastern Oregon, edging out #25 Concordia, 86-87. The Oregon Tech men settled for a seventh-place finish with 215 points
Laney took the Individual title in a time of 24:44, beating out Martin Romero-Clark from Concordia (25:00). Tech's Korey Humberston was the lone Owls to finish in the top-10, finishing seventh in a time of 25:09. Jacob Dubie crossed the finish line in 27:57 and good for 56th, followed by Micah Johnson in 68th in a time of 29:10. Richard Carter and Darrack Waugh finished back-to-back with times of 30:19 and 30:21.
On the women's side, College of Idaho, ranked #6 in the NAIA, scored 36 points. The battle for second-place was hotly contested with three teams coming within two points of each other. Concordia took second with 94 points, followed by Southern Oregon in third with 95, and # 19 Eastern Oregon in fourth with 96. Oregon Tech took 8th overall.
Alice Taylor broke a course record, winning the women's event in 17:40. Karlee Coffey from Eastern Oregon took second, followed by Stephanie Helm of College of Idaho in third. Seena Frantz from Southern Oregon took fourth while Tegan Troutner from C of I finished fifth. Amber Sinicrope was the top Oregon Tech performer finishing 21st with a time of 19:15. Katie Waugh was 39th in 20:08 and Rachel Novak followed in 47th with a time of 20:46.
The Southern Oregon men and the College of Idaho women earn automatic berths in the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, taking place on November 21st at the Fort Vancouver Historical Site in Vancouver, Wash. At-large bids and individual qualifiers will be announced by the NAIA on Monday.
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