Men’s cross country running team heading to nationals

Tobias Schwoerer was just a couple strides and a lean from first place. Three seconds. Damn.

The University of Alaska Anchorage men's runner bested everybody but Christian Madsen of Hawaii Pacific University to head up a record-setting performance by the UAA men's squad. Schwoerer finished in 32:10, 47 seconds ahead of team mate Erik Strabel's 13th place 32:57. Andy Elvester was close on his heels in 16th at 33:03 to give the Seawolves three runners in the top 20 out of a field of 122 runners. The men finished third overall with 106 points, behind University of California Davis and California State University at Chico.

The women's squad didn't fare as well as the men, but have something to build on next season, its third in school history.

Stacy Edwards led the “Shewolves” in 21st place in 23:08, one-and-a-half minutes back of Hawaii Pacific's Nina Christensen. Kiersten Lippman took 34th in 23:34, Leslie Boyd crossed in 23:46 for 40th and Meyoung Blum ended at 23:49 for 42nd.

The women's team ran to a seventh place finish with 224 points, 180 behind the champion UC-Davis crew's 44 points.

The women failed to qualify for the NCAA Nationals, but had four runners in the top 50 out of a field of 135.

The Nationals will be held Nov. 17 in Slippery Rock, Penn.