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Men No.1, Women No. 2 at Laie

by Cindy Wendt, S & E editor

Nina Christensen, top female runner for HPU cross country won the Sept. 7 Chaminade Invitational at Laie, the first meet of the 2002 season, despite being sick.

The cross country Head Coach Vien Schwinn said Christensen suffered from a sore throat and fever for three days before the meet. Christensen won the 5K women’s race in 17:58.

“I was a little disappointed,” Christensen said, despite winning the race. “Our times were slow compared to previous years at the same course.” Christensen is beginning her junior year at HPU. This is her third year as a cross country runner for the school.

The HPU women finished second in the meet with a team score of 37 points. University of Hawai‘i-Manoa women came in first with 31 points. The HPU men finished first with a score of 16. The top four finishers for the men’s race were HPU runners, including Christian Madsen finishing first with a time of 26:59 for the 8K race. BYU-Hawai‘i finished second with 63 points.

“There is no competition for the men’s team,” said Schwinn. “They will really have to focus on improving among themselves this year.” Men and Women No. 1 at Hilo Invitational On a difficult course with rainy conditions, HPU men and women won their respective races at the UH-HIlo Invitational Sept. 14.

Sayu Kusutani finished first in the women's 5K. HPU's Nina Christensen and Janine Brown finished second and third respectively. The Lady Sea Warriors finished first overall with a score of 23. BYU finished second with 62 points. In the men's race, HPU runners Christian Madsen and Naji Abdeslam took the first two spots, and the Sea Warriors finished first with 18 points. BYU finished second with 55 points.


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