Ngetich finished first out of 116 runners in
31:40.5 to claim his fifth individual meet title of the season.
Christensen ran to a hard-faught second place out of 154 runners
with a time 21:51.
Ngetich crossed the finish-line eight seconds in front of Cal
State-Chico’s Tyler Graff who finished second. The 10k
course (approx 6.2 miles) consisted of rolling grass hills and
was run in 80 degree weather and 25-30 mph “Santa Ana” winds.
With the victory, Ngetich was named the West Region Cross Country
Male Athlete of the Year and earned one of two “individuals
from non-qualifying teams” spots to advance to the NCAA
II National Championship held at St. Augustine’s College
in Raleigh, N.C. Saturday, Nov. 22. Christensen, a staple at
nationals, earned her fourth straight trip to the elite race.
Awards are great and all,” said Ngetich. “But all
they really do is put pressure on me to perform to a certain
Christensen, a two-time All-American, also earned a berth to
the nationals with her impressive performance at regionals.
They represented the Sea Warriors well in North Carolina Nov.22,
with Ngetich claiming a strong sixth place finish (out of 176)
and Christensen coming in at seventh (out of 189) in each of
their respective National Championship races.
Going to nationals by yourself is good and bad,” said Ngetich. "There
is no team support to motivate, but there is also nothing really
to worry about. You just hve to depend on yourself.”