Men & Women Conquer the Hawaiian Mountain Terrain to Win HPU Invitational

Sophomore Tommy Kauffmann won his second race of the season in Honolulu.
Sophomore Tommy Kauffmann won his second race of the season in Honolulu.

Oct. 12, 2008

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HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Men’s and Women’s Harriers dominated the Hawaii Pacific Invitational late Saturday afternoon at Kauloa Ranch near Honolulu.  The men finished first in the field of six and the women capped off their Championship against the seven team field.  This race provided the final tune-up before the Atlantic 10 Championship on November 1st. 


The course consisted of two long 400 meter steep uphill climbs for the men and one for the women.  The terrain drastically effected all the times.  All Musketeer participants agreed that this course was the most difficult they had ever encountered.   The Kauloa Ranch has been featured in many films such as Jurassic Park, Godzilla and the hit TV show Lost.


Once again, sophomore Tommy Kauffmann led the Men’s Team and finished first in the field of 49 with a time of 27:56.  The win is Kauffmann’s second of the year.  His previous individual title occurred at the Queen City Invitational.  Following close behind were XU seniors Luke Beuerlein (28:08) and Clinton Womack (28:16).  Finishing fourth for the Musketeers was sophomore Ben Nathan (29:02) and closing out the scoring was freshman Keith Albrektson (29:16).  Displacing runners and running defense were the sixth and seventh finishers, junior Drew Kaiser (29:33) and freshman Kyle Schenkel (29:47).  All seven of the Xavier varsity runners finished in the top 14 overall.


Leading the Championship charge for the women was sophomore Christina Schneider, who placed second overall in a field of fifty-six with a time of 19:37.  Following closely behind was a pack including senior Becky Clark (20:13), sophomore Caitlin Thomas (20:17) and junior Angela Menke (20:20), who finished seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.   For the second straight meet, senior Ashley Stick (20:33) was the fifth scorer.  Freshman Caylin Howell (20:47) and junior Bethany Moore (21:02) ran defense as the Musketeers sixth and seventh runners to cross the line.  


“I am extremely proud of the efforts of both squads.  This was a very challenging course that tested their will.  This should prepare us well for our most important meets (A-10 & NCAA Regional Championships) that remain,” stated Head Coach Steve Nester.


The twenty-seven Xavier runners who made the five-day Fall Break trip will head back to the mainland on Sunday.  The Men’s record climbs to 69-18 (3-4 A-10) and the Women move to 70-16 (3-5 A-10).


Concluding their regular season schedule, the Musketeers will prepare for the Atlantic 10 Championship on November 1st.  The event will be held in Charlotte, N.C. at the same course XU previewed during the Charlotte Invitational on September 13.