Umpqua Community College freshman Savannah Slay finished the 5,000-meter race in 22:19.60 Northwest Athletic Conference cross country championship on Saturday at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington.

Slay, a South Umpqua High School graduate, finished 33rd and led the women to a seventh place finish in the nine team competition.

“It went very well,” UCC coach Alan King said. “I’m very pleased with the effort. We beat some teams and we were in the mix and that was the goal from the beginning of the season.”

Spokane won the team title with 24 points, followed by Lane (48) and Treasure Valley (48). Micaela Kostecka of Spokane won the race in 18:24.80, she was one of four Spokane finishers in the top five.

Umpqua’s Laura Ekada finished 36th in 22:37.60 and UCC’s Jaysie Fox, a Roseburg High grad, was 41st in 22:58.20.

The top three girls ran side-by-side for most of the race and Ashanti Potter and Moira Sheldon finished back-to-back after running most of the race together.

Umpqua’s Nakai Sinohui finished 24th in the men’s 8,000-meter race in a season best 28:04. Derek O’Connor finished 38th in 28:54 and Riley Westbrooks was 47th in 29:30.

“We have a good three in those guys,” King said. “It’s exciting. Our one, two, three and four runners are freshmen.”

King, a first-year coach at UCC, is expecting all freshmen to return next season.

Lane Community College’s Andy Muha won in 25:28 and led the Titans to the team victory. The Riverhawks finished ninth out of 10.

“It was a good year for growth and improvement and laying a foundation for the future,” King said. “We’re putting the pieces together.”

King is expecting to get letters of intent from two recruits on Tuesday to continue building his program.

Saturday’s Results

Men

8,000 Meters

TEAM SCORES — 1. Lane CC, 32; 2. Spokane CC, 34; 3. Treasure Valley CC, 77; 4. Green River College, 154; 5. Mt. Hood CC, 165; 6. Everett CC, 172; 7. Clark College, 175; 8. Clackamas CC, 183; 9. Umpqua CC, 228; 10. Olympic College, 249.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS — 1. Andy Muha, Lane, 25:28; 2. Shane Henderson, Lane, 25:39; 3. Ethan Green, Spokane, 25:56; 4. Keanu Daos, Spokane, 26:03; 5. Benjen Lilly, Treasure Valley, 26:14; 6. Anthony Stone, Lane, 26:18; 7. Marcus Rice, Spokane, 26:30; 8. Anthony Deleon, Treasure Valley, 26:32; 9. Casey Bennett, Spokane, 26:33; 10. Tyler Anderson, Lane, 26:35.

UMPQUA FINISHERS — 24. Nakai Sinohui, 28:04; 38. Derek O’Connor, 28:54; 47. Riley Westbrooks, 29:30; 62. George Turner, 31:26; 68. Camron Wright, 32:54; 70. Isaiah Lepre, 34:56; 71. Grant Laiblin, 35:55.

Women

5,000 Meters

TEAM SCORES — 1. Spokane CC, 24; 2. Lane CC, 48; 3. Treasure Valley CC, 70; 4. Everett CC, 97; 5. Clackamas CC, 167; 6. Mt. Hood CC, 177; 7. Umpqua CC, 195; 8. Olympic College, 213; 9. Green River College, 232.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS — 1. Micaela Kostecka, Spokane, 18:24.80; 2. Delia Deleon, Treasure Valley, 18:36.30; 3. Jolene Whiteley, Spokane, 18:51.60; 4. Yazmin Estrada, Spokane, 19:00.10; 5. Bethany Meek, Spokane, 19:08.30; 6. Alexis Crowl, Lane, 19:43.90; 7. Melody McGrath, Lane, 19:50.90; 8. Ellee London, Everett, 20:01.60; 9. Claire Ebert, Lane, 20:04.10; 10. Allie Gibson, Treasure Valley, 20:10.10.

UMPQUA FINISHERS — 33. Savannah Slay, 22:19.60; 36. Laura Ekada, 22:37.60; 41. Jaysie Fox, 22:58.20; 53. Ashanti Potter, 23:54.00; 54. Moira Sheldon, 24:03.20.

Sports reporter Sanne Godfrey can be reached at 541-957-4203 or via email at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey

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