Oldach wins again, women finish as top GSAC team

Caleb Choi, Staff Writer

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This past weekend, Westmont’s cross country teams made the long drive up to Rocklin to compete at the William Jessup Warrior Invitational. The race was held at Spring View Park and included NAIA teams from Idaho and Oregon, as well as other California teams. With a fast course, it was the perfect opportunity for the Warriors to be ranked in their last regular season race.

The invitational started off with the men’s 8k race with 12 teams competing. No. 2 ranked College of Idaho won the race, followed by No. 8 Southern Oregon in second, and No. 4 The Master’s in third. Westmont (NR) placed sixth with a team total time of 2:08:48. The team was led by Michael Oldach, who won the race in 24:15. Coming in behind him were Danny Rubin in 25:41, Jason Peterson in 25:49, Garrett Miller in 26:29, and Patrick Malberg in 26:33. The team did well coming in front of Menlo (NR) and right behind No. 19 Eastern Oregon. With a good performance, the team is hoping to get ranked in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll to have a chance to race at the NAIA national meet.

On the women’s side, No. 3 College of Idaho won the 5k race, with No. 11 Southern Oregon coming in second, and No. 23 Eastern Oregon in third. The Warriors (NR) placed fifth out of 12 teams with a team time of 1:36:36. Madden Hundley was the team’s first finisher in a time of 18:45. Following her were Amanda Colacchia in 19:08, Callie Guthrie in 19:12, Sarah Claud in 19:35, and Bethany Bodine in 19:55 to complete the scoring. The team placed first out of five GSAC teams competing and finished right behind No. 10 Oregon Tech. With a strong performance and a close team spread, the team is hoping to also get ranked in this week’s top-25 poll.

With the regular season coming to a close, the cross country teams will return back to Irvine Regional Park on November 8th to compete at the GSAC Championship race. If the Warriors win their conference race, they will automatically qualify for the National Championship. Otherwise, the teams will have to wait and see if they get an at-large berth to go. With each performance being better than the last, GSAC will definitely be an exciting race.