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  • Watson leads men to 7th place finish & Named PacWest Freshman of the Year, Women 5th
    by Jeff Cluff
    Published - 11/03/13 - 08:23 AM | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (NOVATO, CA) - Freshman Nick Watson (Riverton, UT/Riverton) finished 16th place to lead the Dixie State men's team to a 7th place finish at the Pacific West Conference Championships on Saturday and earn PWC Freshman of the Year honors. The women led by senior Skyler Tarver (Phelan, CA/Serrano) 15th place finish, helped the women tally of 5th place medal.

    Watson, Tarver, Brianna Moyle (Mesa, AZ/Mountain View), and Elizabeth Cook (Wellsville, UT/Mountain Crest) all finished in the top 20 of their races to earn All-PacWest 3rd Team Honors.

    Coach Justin Decker said, "I'm proud of the way we competed today, it was a good way to end the season on a high note."

    Watson ran a 27:43.5 in the 8k race, with teammate Rodney Warr (St. George, UT/Dixie) just behind at 28:02.2 to earn a 27th place finish. Zac Smith (West Jordan, UT/West Jordan) (28:34.1) followed in 35th place, Shi-Quan Netthingham (29:14.4) crossed in 41st place. Tyler Thatcher (Saint George, UT/Snow Canyon) (32:49.0) and Josh Decker (Saint George, UT/Pine View) (33:59.5) finished in 63rd and 66th respectively.

    The California Baptist men featured three of the top four runners and took home team honors with a time of 2:14:32.20 for an average of 26:54.44. Bryton Reim, who led the race with his time of 26:00.4, led the Lancers. The junior was also named PacWest Newcomer of the Year.

    Tarver led the women to a 5th place finish with her time of 18:37.1 in the 5k race. She was followed by Cook (18:40.9) in 17th and Moyle (18:44.7) at 21st. Morgan Lacey (Apple Valley, CA/Granite Hills) (20:34.6) and Natalie Palmer (Spokane, WA/Mead) (20:38.1) crossed in 50th and 51st place.

    "Tarver is the first athlete that we have had compete all four years in the cross-country program," continued Decker. "We are definitely going to miss her and happy that she ended her career on a high note by earning all-conference honors."

    In the field of 84 women, Fiona McKenna powered her way up and down the hills to cruise into first place 27 seconds better than the next runner with a remarkable time of 17:16.1. McKenna was also named the PacWest Newcomer of the Year. The second through fourth runners were from Azusa Pacific, which took home the team championship with a time of 1:30:28.90 for an average of 18:05.78. California Baptist's Kim Rabenstein was the top-finishing freshman, in sixth place, to earn PacWest Freshman of the Year honors.

    Decker concluded, "We have bright future ahead of us and have some great runners returning next year."
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