TULSA, Okla. - ORU had three athletes named first team All-Summit League after superb performances in the 2011 Summit League Cross Country Championships, hosted by the Golden Eagles on Saturday. Kristen Radcliff and Sheilah Ndasym finished second and third, respectively, on the women's side, while Shadrack Koech claimed seventh for the men, putting all three on the first team all-conference teams.
Southern Utah (48 points) easily won the men's team title, with Cameron Levins (SUU) winning the individual title with a time of 24:34.30. North Dakota State (64 points) won the women's team title, and it was Diana Medina who edged Radcliff and earned medalist honors for the women. ORU finished sixth on the women's side with 133 points, one point out of fifth, while the men had 244 points to finish ninth.
Levins and Medina won Championship MVP honors for winning their respective races, while Southern Utah Men's Coach Eric Houle and NDSU Women's Coach Ryun Godfrey earned Coach of the Year honors. NDSU freshman Abbi Aspengren earned Newcomer of the Championship honors on the women's side, while Trent Lusignan (SDSU) earned the honor for the men.
Radcliff and Ndasym took the lead at about the 2k mark of the 6k race, but were unable to put Medina away who regained the lead with about 1,000m to go.
"We did the same thing two weeks ago at Arkansas," said the senior Radcliff. "I was able to gap her at the two and beat her, and I went into the race with the same type of game plan but she was a little more ready for it."
Radcliff finished with a time of 21:47.42 and claimed first team honors for the second time. Ndasym's time of 22:00.73 put her third overall and gave her the fourth first team honor of her career, and the third top-3 finish at the conference championship meet.
Samantha Watson's 33rd-place finish of 23:25.65 put her third on the team, while Marta Adamiec ran 23:34.84 to finish right behind in 36th. Casady Ashcraft ran 25:05.72 to finish 65th overall. Tiffany Hagan finished 77th with a time of 26:43.39 and Marrisa Tomas' time of 28:05.47 put her 79th overall.
Koech earned his third All-Summit League honor and his second first team honor, getting back into the top seven for the first time since 2008. Koech's time of 25:18.00 was a season best at the 8k distance by more than 10 seconds.
For the first time this season, Ryan Masey moved up to second on the team, finishing 61st overall with a time of 28:23.80, while Leif Peterson ran 28:45.00 to finish 63rd overall.
Tyler Banks' season-best time of 29:09.60 put him 67th, just ahead of John Chau, who also ran a season-best time of 29:52.40 to finish 70th. John Bradford rounded out the ORU finishers with a 73rd-place time of 31:34.70 in his first action since the first race of the season.
Radcliff, Ndasym and Koech will likely travel to the NCAA Midwest Regional in Dekalb, Ill., on November 12. Whether the Golden Eagles will take either full team is still to be decided.