“She tried to continue
but she couldn’t,” HPU Coach Christian Friis said.
Teammate Louise Brasen finished the 6-kilometer course 16th overall
in 23 minutes, eight seconds, best among Hawai‘i runners.
The Lady Sea Warrior’s accumulated 285 points, while champions
Chico State had 42 points. UC San Diego’s Miriam Hodgins
took the individual title in 21:59.
Friis said that without Burger’s encounter with a rodent’s
hole, HPU would have finished around 6th place. The BYU-Hawai‘i
women finished 10th with 282 points, best amongst island schools.
Friis said that four other runners from Hawai‘i schools
were injured, adding that island runners are at a disadvantage
because they are not used to dealing with holes.
It was a bad course for cross country,” Friis said. “Small
holes that can’t be calculated are not really fair.” He
continued: “I was surprised that they didn’t fill
them up or move the course around the holes.”
HPU’s Anne Olesen finished 40th overall in 24:04. Pia Folsing
finished 45th in 24:12, Masako Sagawa was 61st in 24:39, and
Leigh Meade finished 131st in 25:59.
We can be competitive, Friis said. “We can be up there.”
Sea Warrior Jacob Klausen finished 10th in the men’s 10
K in 33:05, best among Hawai‘i runners. Teammate Casper
Dahl crossed the line 28th in 33:14. The Sea Warrior men did
not compete as a team because Klausen and Dahl were the only
HPU men to take the trip; five are needed for a team.
Jacob and Casper ran their best races of the season,” Friis
said. “They stepped up to the competition.”
Chico State’s Patrick Boivin won the men’s race in
31:23 as his team dominated with 23 points, 74 points better
than second place Cal Poly Pomona. The BUY-H men finished ninth
with 278 points, also best amongst island schools.
Friis, in his second season coaching HPU runners, felt pleased
with the team’s showing at Regionals. “Some people
get intimidated, but it seems both the guys and the girls were
ready to run with the best.”
HPU did not qualify any runners for the NCAA National Championships,
but HPU is on the way up after winning many team and individual
races this season, including a sweep of four conference titles.
Last year HPU had just three individual wins by Matt Stevens.
It’s nice to improve,” Friis said. “It was
a great season.”