pave way for HPU
cross country victory
Christian Madsen and Nina Christensen, both Denmark natives, won the men's and women's races for Hawaii Pacific yesterday at the PacWest Cross Country Championships at HPU's Windward campus.
Madsen finishing the 10K race in 32 minutes, 54 seconds to help the SeaWarriors to the team title. Kyle Briggs of Brigham Young-Hawaii placed second (34:45), followed by Chaminade's Buck Stone (34:54).
The HPU men scored 31 points, followed by BYUH(53), Hawaii-Hilo (66), Chaminade (92).
Christensen, who sat out last year, finished the women's 6K in 21:27. All-American teammate LisaBlomme took second (21:44). Sayuri Kusutani(22:25) rounded out the top three for HPU.
HPU edged BYUH for the team title, 28-34. Montana State-Billings (69) and Hawaii-Hilo (117) followed.
The top 10 finishers in both races were named to the All-PacWest cross country team.
The men and women participate in the Hawaii Championships in Laie next Saturday before heading to the NCAAII West Regionals in Washington on Nov. 3.
Vulcans split volleyball matches in TexasThe Hawaii-Hilo women's volleyball team swept Texas Woman's yesterday after falling in five games to Texas A&MCommerce at Denton, Texas.
Hilo won 30-20, 30-13, 30-13, led by Sara Pilgreen's 12 kills. The Vulcans hit .280 for the match, compared to a -.032 percentage for the Pioneers.
Texas A&M-Commerce squeezed past Hilo in the earlier match, 30-15, 28-30, 21-30, 34-32, 15-12. Pilgreen put down 17 kills, and Elena Salvador and Emily Hutchinson had 12.
Seasiders earn fourth straight PacWest winThe Brigham Young University-Hawaii women's volleyball team downed Western New Mexico last night 30-24, 30-16, 27-30, 30-21 for the Seasiders' fourth consecutive Pacific West Conference victory. They are 7-4 in league play and 11-5 overall.
BYUH's Xu Dan, a junior outside hitter, led the way with 17 kills and a .438 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Moeai matched her with 17 kills of her own. She added 11 digs as well. The Seasiders return home this week to take on conference leader HPU in a pair of Friday and Saturday matches in Laie.
Local women's team competes in NationalsThe women's team from Hilo split a pair of contests Friday at the USALeague Tennis 3.0 Senior National Championships in Tucson, Ariz.
Hilo opened the tournament with a 3-0 loss to The Dalles, Ore., but rebounded by beating Salt Lake City 2-1.
Matilde Narido and Keiko Shewmaker won with ease, 6-1, 6-2. Debbie Shigehara and Netlie Yokoyama survived in their match, 7-5, 7-5.