Clark cross country teams 4th at NWAC

Hulsizer, Urtiaga place in top 7 to earn All-American

By Jeff Klein, Columbian sports staff

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The Clark College cross country teams both placed fourth at the NWAC Championship on Saturday, and both had a runner place in the top seven to earn All-American honors.

Jarod Hulsizer, a freshman from Kalama, placed sixth overall for the Penguins on the 8K course at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey with a time of 27 minutes, 41.5 seconds.

Andy Muha, a freshman from Lane, won the men’s race in 26:47.0, helping the Titans to back-to-back team titles.

The Clark men scored 102 points for fourth place behind Lane (42), Spokane (49) and Treasure Valley (64).

Also scoring for the Penguins were sophomore Sam Andersen, a Ridgefield High grad, in 10th (28:23.2); sophomore Brandon Reyes, a Union High grad, in 21st (29:20.6); freshman Javier Tavera, a Ridgefield grad, in 25th (29:56.1); and sophomore Patrick Carrier from Haiti in 44th (32.48.9).

Freshman Natalia Urtiaga led the Clark women’s team with a fifth-place finish on the 5K course with a time of 19:46.20.

Delia Deleon, a freshman from Treasure Valley, won the race in 18:29.2.

Clark scored 86 points for fourth behind Spokane (41), Treasure Valley (45), and Lane (84). It was Spokane’s fifth team title in a row.

Also scoring for the Penguins women’s team were freshman Lizzye Rybalka in ninth (20:05.7); sophomore Aislynn Hansen in 14th (20:54.40); freshman Iyubov Meksheneva in 22nd (21:31.0); and freshman Sofia Reyes, a Union High grad, in 36th (22.28.2).