Nov 7th, 2011 @ 11:36 am | Author: Viking Sports Admin
At the A.I.I. Championships and CSSMU open race hosted by California State San Marcos University, the Vikings cross-country team competed on November 5th, 2011.

Due to poor weather conditions on Friday November 4th the course became very wet and muddy and was modified from its original layout. This did not seem to affect our men's or the women's performance at all during this 8000m race on the California State San Marcos campus. The Vikings were led by Richard wright who ran the second best race of his career. Richard's time was 27:53, which placed him 30th overall in the field of 65 athletes. Wayne Engelhard also put up a notable performance with a time of 28:21. This in turn placed Engelhard 41st in the field.

The rest of the Vikings also ran well with Casey flick, Tanner Hovland, and Kinsly Tarmann placing: 42nd, 51st, and 56th respectively. For Hovland this race was the best of his career, he ran over a minute faster than he ever had before for a race of this distance (8000m). As a team the men placed 8th overall with a score of 200 points and a team average time of 28:49.

The Vikings performances at the A.I.I. Championships were strong and I know all of them are already fired up and preparing for next year's cross country season. The next time the Vikings will take to the course will be in August of 2012 at the Viking Invitational.

A few of the Lady Vikings also had the opportunity to compete this past weekend. Anna Fuka and Krista Briss got the chance for lady Vikings to compete in the California State San Marcos University open race. This race was held on the same race course as the A.I.I. Championships but it was a separate event from the championships.

Both Anna and Krista ran well placing 4th (20:03) and 8th (21:44) in the field of 10 athletes. Both ladies after the race stated 'they were pleased with their performances.' That being said, both ladies are also anxious for the start of next season and can't wait to take to the course in August of 2012 at the Viking Invitational.