Biola won the GSAC Women's Cross Country Championship for the second time in three years and The Master's won its third consecutive Men's Cross Country Championship, Saturday, November 3, at Irvine Regional Park in Orange, Calif.
Rocio Pelayo of Concordia led most of the way to win the women's 5k race with a time of 17:53.6. In the men's 8k race, John Gilbertson of The Master's was the top finisher for the second year in a row with a time of 24:22.4, nearly a minute ahead of his competitors.
In the women's race, NAIA No. 5-ranked Biola's top five runners finished in the top 15 out of 68 runners with 45 points. Concordia, ranked No. 16, surprised the field finishing in second with 58 points. No. 8 Westmont with 71 points eclipsed No. 13 The Master's by one point to finish third.
In the men's 8k race, No. 7 The Master's won with 65 points placing its top five runners in the top 25. No. 25-ranked Vanguard finished in second with 70 points, followed by Westmont in third with 80, GSAC-newcomer Arizona Christian in fourth with 82, and Biola in fifth with 85.
For complete meet results, go to www.finishedresults.com. The top 14 finishers in each race make up the 2012 Men's and Women's Cross Country All-GSAC Teams.
Receiving GSAC Coach of the Year honors were Jonathan Zimmerman of Biola on the women's side and Zach Schroeder of The Master's for the men. The GSAC championship teams receive automatic berths to the NAIA Cross Country Championships, which will be held at Fort Vancouver Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash., November 17. The NAIA will also select several at-large berths, which will be announced on Sunday, November 4.
Photos courtesy of Liza Rosales