Villar helps Pace Wolves finish in tenth place in regional
MONMOUTH, Oregon – Fighting a hard day of time, Miguel Villar was the first to lead the Western Oregon University men’s cross country team to tenth place at the NCAA Division II Regional Championships Saturday at Ash Creek Preserve. Villar has arrived 28e, narrowly missing a spot in the All-West region in the 10K race.
âFor us, finishing in the top 10 for both teams is a good way to start building our future,â said the head coach. Octavious Gillespie-Bennett noted. âThe weather was tough, but the athletes worked hard and put in a lot of effort. I am very proud of what we have accomplished this season.
The weather was certainly a challenge. Just before the start of the men’s race, the weather changed from heavy rain to even hail. Throughout the race there was constant rain and wind that all of the runners fought for to show solid results.
Villar paved the way for Wolves when he posted a time of 31: 43.9 to come in 28e overall and 26e in the notation. He was only a few spots away from earning an All-West Region accolade, as the top 25 took home the award.
Keanu daos followed Villar on his arrival in 52sd with a time of 32: 16.5 (48e in the notation). Bailey smith crossed at 32: 40.0 to come in 70e(66e in the notation). Timothy Rambo was not too far when he arrived in 88e with a time of 33: 07.9 (83rd in the notation). Dustyn Mckenney crossed in 111e (106e in the notation), Cedar Davis-Frankfurt arrived 135e (128e in the notation) and Emmett Klus started for Wolves but didn’t finish.
Chico State won the tag team title with 47 points, with Fresno Pacific finishing second with 109 points and Cal Poly Pomona narrowly edging Azusa Pacific for third with 138 points to 139 for the Cougars as the top three teams advance to the championships. national. Western Oregon had 329 points to finish tenth. The Wolves beat GNAC Alaska Anchorage, Montana State Billings, Central Washington, Saint Martin’s and Northwest Nazarene schools. Alaska Fairbanks did not have enough runners to post a team score. WOU entered the week ranked 10e in the West Region.
Patrick Kiprop of Fresno Pacific won the individual title when he crossed at 30: 12.6, more than 42 seconds ahead of the field.
This year’s result for Wolves is a few places ahead of the 2019 finish when WOU came in 13e on the Ash Creek reserve.