UVU Women 4-Peat While Men 3-Peat at GWC Championships

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Shelise Walker finished second overall in helping UVU to its fourth straight GWC women's title
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM
Shelise Walker finished second overall in helping UVU to its fourth straight GWC women's title
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM

Oct. 29, 2011

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GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- The Utah Valley University women's cross country team won its fourth straight Great West Conference Championship, while the  men's cross country team captured its third straight crown Saturday at the Ray Richards Golf Course.

The UVU women's team won with 37 points, followed by North Dakota (67), Seattle (73), Texas-Pan American (82), Houston Baptist (111), NJIT (154) and Chicago State (220).

The UVU men's team finished with 43 points, followed by Texas-Pan American (74), Houston Baptist (88) NJIT (92), North Dakota (103), Seattle (113) and Chicago State (197).

"I think we're showing that we're continuing to build a consistent program," said UVU cross country coach Scott Houle, who was named the men's and women's coach of the year. "That's what we are most proud of."

UVU's five scoring women runners placed in the Top 12. Shelise Walker finished second overall with the time of 17 minutes, 57.22 seconds in the 5K race, while Ivie Gonsalves was fourth (18:09.98) and Kalina Zufelt-Clegg was eight (18:37.94). Jessica Wilding (18:52.02) and MacKenzie Roberts (18:53.21) finished 11th and 12th, respectively.

UVU's five scoring men runners finished in the Top 16 led by Cliff Nielson, who place third overall with the time of 25:23.34 in the 8K race. Freshmen Macy Butterfield and Trevor Sharp, the GWC Freshman of the Year, also finished in the Top 10 at fifth and seventh, respectively, with times of 25:30.59 and 25:38.10.

Mike Felix and Tim Rowberry rounded out the scoring for the Wolverines by finishing 12th (25:59.26) and 16th (26:13.30), respectively.

"We were nervous about this because we redshirted our top two men and top four women, but we knew we had a shot to win," Houle said. "We didn't know they would run as well as they did. Both teams had great races. They are starting to become smart runners and that's our strength. We ran as a pack and that's how  we were able to win."

Houston Baptist's Matt Perri was the top overall finisher with the time of 25:12.66, while Houston Baptist's Judith Chumba was the overall women's finisher with the time of 17:47.26.

Great West Conference Men's Awards

Team champion: Utah Valley Coach of the Year: Scott Houle, UVU

Athlete of the Year: Matt Perri, HBU

Freshman of the Year: Trevor Sharp, UVU

All-GWC First Team: Matt Perri (HBU), Mathew Kotut (UTPA), Cliff Nielson (UVU), Maximo Mendoza (HBU), Macy Butterfield (UVU), Luis Serrano (UTPA), Trevor Sharp (UVU)

All-GWC Second Team: Tyler Rose (UND), Christian Baumbach (NJIT), Daniel Rondon (NJIT), Brian Mendez (NJIT), Mike Felix (UVU), Kelton Sears (SU), Sebastian Benavides (UTPA)

Great West Conference Women's Awards

Team Champion: Utah Valley
Coach of the Year: Scott Houle, UVU
Athlete of the Year: Judith Chumba, UTPA
Freshman of the Year: Erin Wysocki, UND
 
All-GWC First Team: Judith Chumba (UTPA), Shelise Walker (UVU), Lilian Lagat (UTPA), Ivie Gonsalves (UVU), Emily Emerson (UND), Erin Wysocki (UND), Hannah Mittelstaedt (SU)
 
All-GWC Second Team: Kalina Zufelt-Clegg (UVU), Sarah Bolce (SU), Marut Ewelina (NJIT), Jessica Wilding (UVU), MacKenzie Roberts (UVU), Jennifer Stolle (SU), Jessica Whitt (HBU)