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Santos is Wildcats top finisher at GNAC cross country championships

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YAKIMA, Wash--Senior Manuel Santos (Yakima, Wash./A.C. Davis HS) finished in 16th place and was the top male finisher for the Central Washington University men's cross country team, which placed eighth at the 11th Annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships at the Apple Ridge Cross Country Facility on Saturday.

Santos, who was one of nine Wildcats running on the men's side, finished the GNAC Championship race with an overall time of 26:02.

"The dream goal would have been if Manuh would have placed in the top 10, and he was really close," CWU head coach Kevin Adkisson said.

Following Santos was Nathan Minor (Mount Vernon, Wash.), who posted a 30th-place finish with an overall time of 26:34.

Sophomore Nathan Power (Burlington, Wash./Burlington-Edison HS) had his best performance of the season, finishing in 50th place with a time of 27:23 and an average mile time of 5:31.

The Central men accumulated 203 team points en route to their eighth-place finish, placing ahead of Montana State Billings and Alaska Fairbanks.
On the women's side, redshirt freshman Connie Morgan (Hoquiam, Wash.) finished the six-kilometer race in 44th place with a time of 24:25, marking the fifth time this season that she has been Central's top finisher.

"Being (Morgan's) first-ever season running cross country, Connie has done a great job," Adkisson said.

The Central women finished in 10th place, totaling 269 team points.

Alaska Anchorage successfully defended its team titles in both the men's and women's competition, as the Seawolves dominated the top of the field.

Central Washington will close out its 2011 cross country season in two weeks, traveling to the NCAA Division II West Region Championships at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane.
 
11TH ANNUAL GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
Women's Race Conditions: Start Time: 10:00 a.m. PDT, Temperature: 49 degrees F, Wind: 1 mph SSW, Weather: Cloudy
 
Women's Team Scores: Alaska Anchorage 31, Simon Fraser 76, Western Washington 87, Alaska Fairbanks 97, Seattle Pacific 110, Northwest Nazarene 173, Western Oregon 196, Montana State Billings 234, Saint Martin's 236, Central Washington 269
 
Women's All-Conference Performers (Top 10): 1) Ruth Keino, Alaska Anchorage, 21:26; 2) Jessica Smith, Simon Fraser, 21:39; 3) Mirian Kipng'eno, Alaska Anchorage, 22:12; 4) Ivy O'Guinn, Alaska Anchorage, 22:24; 5) Lindsey Butterworth, Simon Fraser, 22:36; 6) Theresia Schnurr, Alaska Fairbanks, 22:44; 7) Natty Plunkett, Seattle Pacific, 22:44; 8) Heidi Laabs-Johnson, Seattle Pacific, 22:44; 9) Lauren Briehof, Western Washington, 22:45; 10) Whitney Mickelsen, Montana State Billings, 22:51.
 
Women's Top Newcomer: Heidi Laabs-Johnson, Seattle Pacific (8th place finish)
Women's Top Freshman: Bryn Haebe, Alaska Anchorage (13th place finish)
 
Men's Race Conditions: Start Time: 10:58 a.m. PDT, Temperature: 57 degrees F, Wind: 2 mph SW, Weather: Partly Sunny
 
Men's Team Scores: Alaska Anchorage 27, Western Washington 63, Western Oregon 80, Northwest Nazarene 139, Saint Martin's 151, Seattle Pacific 161, Simon Fraser 193, Central Washington 203, Montana State Billings 220, Alaska Fairbanks 228
 
Men's All-Conference Performers (Top 10): 1) Micah Chelimo, Alaska Anchorage, 24:24; 2) Barak Watson, Northwest Nazarene, 24:31. 3) Kyle Van Santen, Saint Martin's, 25:00; 4) Alfred Kangogo, Alaska Anchorage, 25:13; 5) Tyler Cannon, Western Washington, 25:18; 6) Yonatan Yilma, Alaska Anchorage, 25:18; 7) Dylan Anthony, Alaska Anchorage, 25:32; 8) Spencer Hunt, Saint Martin's, 25:38; 9) Isaac Kangogo, Alaska Anchorage, 25:41; 10) Dak Riek, Western Washington, 25:44.
 
Men's Top Newcomer: Tyler Cannon, Western Washington (5th place finish)
Men's Top Freshman: Dylan Anthony, Alaska Anchorage (7th place finish)
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