Hawai’i wraps up cross country season at NCAA West Regional
SEATTLE, Wash.—On a cold morning in the northwest of the continental United States, the 2022 cross country season ended for the University of Hawai’i with the NCAA Division I West at Chambers Creek Regional Park hosted by the University of Washington.
Rainbow Wahine placed 30th overall out of 38 teams, their best performance since the 2019 West Regional where they also finished 30th. UH finished with a team time of 1:52:07 and had 899 points.
“Proud of the efforts of this team all year, including today,” said the head coach Tim Boyce. “The West region is stacked. We raced pretty well for the 40 degree conditions.”
Senior Caelan Miller saved her best performance for last as she clocked a personal best 20:52.2, placing her 96th overall and besting her Big West Championships time by eight seconds. Miller is only the second Rainbow Wahine to record a time under 21 minutes in the 6k, the other being in 2016 when Camille Campos ran a 20:03.4 in the Bronco Invitational. It also marks the fastest time of any ‘Bow running a 6k in the NCAA West Regional, our Montana Martinez performance, also from 2016.
Senior Sophia Morgan placed 172nd with a time of 21:50.7 in her last collegiate meet, bettering her 2021 time by more than a minute. Rookie Keilah Wilkes, who crossed the line at 21:56.1 for 181st, completed the top three for UH.