Lane freshman Katy Potter finished eighth overall in the women’s gold race to help lead the Titans to a seventh place finish at the Oct. 5 Willamette Invitational in Salem.
Potter covered the 5,000 meter course in a personal best time of 18:03 and helped set the tone for a huge day for the Lane women. Potter was not the only Titan to set a personal best. Four other Titans also ran the fastest times of their careers.
Sophomore Macauley Wilson finished in 19:30 and placed 49th. Freshman Nicole Maurmann finished 61st in a time of 19:53. Freshman Chelsea Spencer finished 62nd at 19:55 and freshman Kristine Dunn 63rd agt 19:56, “The women ran awesome,” head coach Mike Blackmore said. “We knew it was a fast course but it’s still extremely rare to have everybody (run a personal best) like we did.” The Titans finished ahead of every other NWAACC team at the meet. Blackmore said they are the fourth best team of all the NWAACC competitors right now according to this year’s results. “We realized after the first meet of the season that the women’s team was not what we expected and I mean that in a very good way,” Blackmore said. “I think we definitely have an outside shot of winning an NWAACC championship.” The Titans’ men were expected to be among the top teams at the meet, but settled for a disappointing 11th place finish in the team standings. “We didn’t run very well,” Blackmore said. “We need to have less of a gap between our number one and our number four guys.” The Titans were lead by freshman Eduardo Juarez, who finished the mens gold 8,000 meter race 17th overall in a time of 25:23 — 43 seconds faster than his previous season best. Juarez was the only Lane runner to finish within the top 40. The Titans were defeated by Everett Community College, Clackamas Community College, and Spokane Community College, who finished seventh, eighth and 10th respectively. The Titans will be competing against all three teams later this season at the NWAACC championships. “There’s a lot of reasons I think we performed so poorly,” said Blackmore. “These guys are all freshman and are still getting used to running an 8k race. We just need to be more patient.” Clackamas, the Titans’main competition for a South Region title, also underperformed at the meet. “I’m not sure where they are in their training cycle right now, but we know they won’t be running like that when it comes time for regionals,” Blackmore said. The Titans’ next meet is on Oct. 12, when they will travel to Portland for the George Fox Invitational at Fernhill Park.