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Published
October 25, 2003
By
Gary Pine
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FRESNO, Calif. -- For the second straight year the Azusa Pacific has swept the Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships which were held today at Woodward Park in Fresno, Calif.

The Cougar women, ranked No. 7 in the NAIA, captured their third straight GSAC crown and their fourth in program history by edging No. 15 Concordia, 41-52. Additionally, for the second straight year, Cougars Brianna Carstensen and Christine Krause led the Azusa Pacific charge by finishing first and second with 5K times of 18:18 and 18:36, respectively. Junior Marissa Reeber joined Carstensen and Krause on the All-GSAC team after finishing sixth with an 18:56.

Rounding out the Cougar women were Lisette Saucedo, who finished 15th with a 19:32 while Kimberly Davids was 17th with a 19:37.

The Cougar men, ranked No. 4 in the NAIA, ran away from the field to win its second straight conference crown and its sixth in program history. The Cougars tallied a mere 32 points by placing all 5 of its top runners on the All-GSAC team. No. 13 Concordia was a distant second with 70 points.

Biola freshmen Brian Baker (25:25) and Brian Ball (25:48) were the top male finishers but it was Azusa Pacific’s tight pack of 5 runners that gave the Cougars the conference crown. Junior Tim Gachago shadowed the Biola runners, finishing third on the 8K course with a 25:51. Sophomore Danny Reid was fifth with a 25:56. Peter Franz, Tim Ramirez and Kevin Lindsey crossed the finish line in seventh, eighth and ninth places with times of 26:02, 26:05 and 26:07, respectively.

With the titles in hand, Azusa Pacific becomes the first school ever to sweep the men’s and women’s GSAC championships in back-to-back seasons.