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November 10, 2012

Wilson and Knebel Record Season Bests for PLU Runners

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran freshmen Amanda Wilson and Lauren Knebel both recorded season-best times for 6000 meters at the NCAA Division III West Region Cross Country Championships held on Saturday at Oak Knoll Golf Course.

On the men's side, Pacific Lutheran's Alan DenAdel placed 18th but did not earn an automatic individual qualification for his second straight appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championship, which is scheduled for next Saturday. DenAdel might receive an at-large bid but that won't be announced for at least one day.

Wilson finished 51st overall and broke 23 minutes for the first time, crossing the line in a time of 22:58.02, and Knebel was 76th with a time of 23:33.00. Wilson and Knebel were PLU's only entrants in the women's race.

Lenore Moreno from La Verne was the women's individual winner with a time of 20:40.24, and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was the team champion with a score of 40 points. Lewis & Clark from the Northwest Conference placed second with 94 points.

DenAdel, a junior, finished the 8000-meter course with a time of 25:08.86 in a race won by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps freshman Zorg Loustalet with a time of 24:38.18. CMS also won the team title with 34 points. Willamette was the highest finishing Northwest Conference team, placing fourth with 166 points.

PLU senior Kolter Grigsby clocked 26:24.91 to finish 63rd in his final collegiate race. DenAdel and Grigsby were PLU's only competitors.

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