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November 2011 Update

On November 5th, our Cross Country team headed up to Cal State San Marcos to compete at the Conference Championships to finish off their regular season. 4 Men and 5 Women set out to make their presence known and finish off the season on a high note.

On the Women’s side, our Lady Lions ran the best team time in our school’s history! Every runner posted either a personal or season best time! In addition, they placed 5th overall out of 8 teams. Our front runners were Freshmen Lauren Clemens clocking in a time of 19:38 and Sophomore Rose Codilla following closely with a time of 20:53 over at 5K course. “It was exciting to watch and they all encouraged one another!”-Coach Freeman

The Men’s team did equally well placing 5th out of 9 teams overall. Freshmen Nick Spector from Sonoma High School ran a spectacular race placing 6th overall. Not only did he run a personal best time of 25:33 over an 8K course, but he also clinched a spot and qualified to run at the Nationals Championship. At the end of this week, Spector will travel to Vancouver, Washington to compete. “… Nick had an unbelievable race – he had a fire in his eyes,” Coach Freeman. Senior Team Captain Nick Stairinieri also put in a very strong performance and ran strong. “Nick is a great leader and continually inspired the rest of the team throughout the season. He set a great example of hard work for others to follow.”-Coach Freeman & Boivon. For both the Men and Women’s team, at the beginning of the season they were off to a rocky start but they found their stride at the right time and finished the season strong. Great job to everyone and good luck Nick at Nationals!

October 2011 Update

The Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Team took a detour in their seasonal meet schedule to give back to the community on September 25 and participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The SUA men’s team swept 1st -5th place with our very own assistant coach, Patrick Boivin clocking in the fastest overall race time out of 22,000 participants. And Sophomore Lauren Chung placed third overall in the event as well! The team is continuously raising funds the entire month of October and accepting any proceeds to help provide free mammograms. Please consider making a donation and stop by their table in the dining hall.

Shortly after, the team trekked to Costa Mesa to run in the Vanguard Invitational. Although it was a challenging course with a really big, steep hill, both the men’s and women’s team ran well. “It was a great team effort,” Head Coach Freeman commented. Freshmen Nick Spector from Sonoma High School, placed in the top 15 and the rest of the team ran solid on a tough course. “They have a lot of potential with room to improve. We’re halfway through the season and everyone is continually working hard and pushing themselves. We hope that by the end of the season they will see all the fruits of their labor.”- Head Coach Freeman.

September 2011 Update

 Our Men’s & Women’s Cross Country team opened their season at one of the largest meets in the region, the UC Irvine Invite. They are coming into this season with a much smaller squad due to graduation and study abroad. Nevertheless, despite these numbers the team they are a tight knit, hard working group push each another in practice week to week. Although they are a young squad with only 1 senior, they established a lot of camaraderie and strength that gives them much hope for a strong season. At the invite, they were challenged by Mother Nature and dealt with rain, lightning, and much thunder. Despite these elements stayed dedicated and mentally tough. “This was a good starting point. We’re still working on getting in shape for a long season ahead of us. This invite was a good reference to where we are and what we need to do to get to where we want to go.” Assistant Cross Country Coach, Patrick Bolvin.

 2011 Fall Schedule & Results

Date 

Meet 

Site

Results

Sep 10

UC Irvine / Asics Invitational

UC Irvine - ARC

Sep 25

Race for the Cure-Susan G. Komen

Fashion Island-Newport Beach   

Oct 8

Vanguard Invitational

Fairview Park, Costa Mesa

Oct 15

Cougar Challenge

Cal State San Marcos

Oct. 22

Biola University

Irvine Regional Park, Orange

Nov 5

AII Conference Championships

Cal State Marcos

Nov 19

NAIA National CHampionships

TBD

 
 
 

Fall 2010 Season Review

November 2010 Update

 

On November 6th, the SUA women's cross country competed in the conference championships, which also serves as the qualifying meet for the NAIAs. The team went up against several top-10 teams in the conference and had a great showing, finishing in 4th place in the team standings. The top 4 runners ran as a pack throughout the race, staying together better than they had all year and pushing each other to the finish line. Of special note, sophomore Aileen Mokuria from Dallas, TX, registered the fastest time on the team, finishing the 5K in 20:49. "They ran as a team, went after it, and did the best they could. They weren't intimidated by the nationally ranked teams at all.." - Coaches Freeman and Boivin

 

The men's team also ran courageously in the meet, finishing in 4th place overall. The top 2 runners on the team ran with the lead pack from the starting gun and finished in 6th and 13th place individually. With their strong showings, freshmen Aaron Perry and Nicholas Spector qualified for NAIA national championships. This is the first time that Soka University will be sending runners to the national championships which will be held in Ft. Vancouver, Washington on 11/20/10. There will be a live video feed of the event on www.cascadeconference.org

 

. Throughout the season, the men's team battled through injuries and adversity while training and competing valiantly. "This is just the start of bigger things to come. An opportunity to showcase SUA and represent the school and the kind of athletes we have."-Coaches Freeman and Boivin

 

October 2010 Update

Last Saturday on October 9th our team raced their hearts out at Vanguard University. It was a particularly hot day and they faced a very challenging course. Vanguard's course was made up of rolling hills and not to mention a steep hill at the end that the men had to attack twice in their 8K run. Despite this, our runners performed well and many even improved their times.

To highlight, Freshman Aaron Perry from nearby Irvine led the men's squad and improved his school record running 26.28. Fellow Freshman James Stucker and Senior Kenji Yamada were close behind and also improved their times. Yamada improved his time by 2 minutes! It goes without saying how impressive it is to improve their times on such a difficult course. "They continue to run well together and carry one another through tough races. They work very well together..." Head Coach Freeman.

For the ladies, Freshman Paige LaBlonde from Scottsdale, Arizona was the frontrunner followed by a pack of fellow classmates Angie Rosales, Rose Codilla, and Sarah Randolf. Also in the midst of this group was Senior Anri Tanabe who also delivered a strong performance. "Given the conditions and also the personal injuries that some of our runners are battling through, our team showed good perseverance. These obstacles did not shake their confidence or performance." Head Coach Freeman

September 2010 Update

The Soka University cross country team kicked off the season at the UCI Invite in Irvine on 9/11/10. This year's squad is the biggest that Soka has ever fielded, with a total of 25 runners. 9 women and 7 men competed at the UCI Invite. The course was a challenging one with many hills, highlighted by the final mile which was almost entirely uphill. Freshman runner Paige LaBlonde broke the previous school record of 20:21 in the women's 5K and was SUA's frontrunner with a time of 20:08. Fellow freshman teammate Rose Codilla also ran strong and followed closely with a time of 21:35.

On the men's side, freshman Aaron Perry smashed the school record in the 8K by a minute and a half, finishing in a time of 26:54. Freshman Nick Spector earned 2nd place with a time of 27:07, and Freshman James Strickland completed the sweep with a time of 28:01. And in his first season running ever cross country, Cole Gauthier also ran well, finishing with a time of 29:46. Head coach Gigi Freeman was extremely pleased with the results, calling the meet a "strong start to the season" and adding that she is "excited to see what this young team can do".

Assistant coach Patrick Bolvin also shared his thoughts. "Our runners showed that we are growing as a team. It's a solid first step and a good sign of things to come. It's always good when multiple people run well and have a good day." All in all, a very successful start to the season for this promising young squad.

2011 Fall Schedule & Results

 

Date

Meet

Site

Results

Sep 11

UC Irvine / Asics Invitational

UC Irvine - ARC

Sep 26

Race for the Cure-Susan G. Komen

Fashion Island-Newport Beach

Oct 9

Vanguard Invitational

Fairview Park, Costa Mesa

Oct 16

Cougar Challenge

Cal State San Marcos

Oct. 22

Biola University

Irvine Regional Park, Orange

Nov. 6 

 AII Conference Championships

 Nov. 20

 NAIA National Championships

 Vancouver, WA

 2009 Fall Schedule & Results  

 

Date

Meet

Site

Results

Sep 12

UC Irvine / Asics Invitational

UC Irvine - ARC

Sep 19

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

Oct 10

Vanguard Invitational

Fairview Park, Costa Mesa

Oct 16

Cougar Challenge

Cal State San Marcos

Oct. 24

Biola University

Irvine Regional Park, Orange

Nov. 7

AII Conference Championships

Nov. 22

NAIA National Championships

Portland, OR