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Cross country leaves competition in dust

by Kalamalama staff

The HPU men’s and women’s cross country squads continued their dominance over the competition by both taking first places in the HPU Invitational at the Hawai‘i Loa campus in Kane‘ohe Oct. 11.

In the men’s race, despite rainy conditions, HPU sophomore William Ngetich captured his third individual title with a time of 31:37 on the difficult 10-kilometer course. Ngetich immediately jumped out in front and no one came close to catching him. Ngetich’s teammate Mikkel Kleis and Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i’s Jonathan Osterland raced for second and finished 1:42 behind Ngetich.

 

 

HPU’s Abdeslam Naji finished fourth with a time of 33:30, improving his time by 22, seconds compared to last years 33:52 on the same course. Harald Buerkle, who returned after being placed on the injury list, finished 12th overall with a time of 35:36. Chris Larson placed 14th (35:56) and Kimokeo Bode finished 22nd(37:55). HPU posted a low team score of 33 points, followed by University of Hawai‘i-Hilo’s 40 points.

In the women’s race, HPU’s Nina Christensen turned in another impressive performance with a close second-place finish (21:42) behind BYU-Hawai‘i’s Chelsea Smith (21:04). The Sea Warriors also had three other runners in the top ten, with Janine Brown coming in third at 23:14, Masako Sagawa placing fifth at 23:58, and Heather Postema finishing seventh at 24:21. Kendra Byrd (25:06) completed the team effort and clinched the victory with an 11th place finish, giving HPU a low 28 points.

 
 

 

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