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by Baxter Cepeda, photo editor

“It’s an awesome feeling,” said Friis, remembering that his runners had no individual or team wins at all last year. “I’m actually doing something right—it’s not just on paper.”

Burger won the women’s 5-kilometer race in 16 minutes, four seconds. “It’s impressive,” said Friis of Burger, who now has three collegiate wins.

Friis added that Burger downplayed her role before the race. “Just taking pressure of herself, and that’s fine,” said Friis. “My job is to encourage her.”

“ It’s really good,” said Burger of her individual win, adding that the team’s win is the most important part.

Lady Sea Warrior Louise Brasen finished 12 seconds back for second place.

Brasen, who has her share of individual wins this season, acknowledged that an individual win always feels a little better but that finishing second to her friend is just as good because the point is to beat other teams.

“ Inga did a very good job today,” said Brasen. “I like to run with her because she is always fast.”
Anne Olesen finished fifth in 16:39, Masako Sagawa was eighth in 16:59, and Pia Folsing crossed the line ninth in 17:05 for HPU.

The Lady Sea Warriors won with 25 points, 14 points better than BYU-Hawai‘i. UH-Hilo was third with 70 points

Klausen took the men’s 8-kilometer race in 23:01, 21 seconds ahead of Chaminade’s Jeff Lim.
“ It feels very, very good,” said Klausen. “I’m glad I could do it the way I did—running alone.”
Teammate Casper Dahl finished third in 23:26 as the HPU men took the title with 41 points, five better than BYU-H. UH-H finished third with 52 points.

“ The team win is very important,” said Klausen.
Aaron Norton finished seventh in 24:02, and Attila Hegyaljai crossed 14th in 25:22.
New Athletic Director Jill Ward commended Friis and the runners for the performance. “Fabulous,” said Ward when told she is two for two in team titles.

The focus has quickly shifted to the NCAA II West Regionals starting Nov. 5 for Friis’ top runners.
“ Christian tells me that it’s going to be tough competition,” said Klausen. “I hope I can run as well as I did today. I’m looking forward to it.”


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