CBU picked to repeat in men's, Azusa Pacific chosen for women's in chase for PacWest XC titles

PacWest Women's XC Championship KAHUKU, Hawai'i – More than 100 runners competing in two separate races representing 14 different colleges and universities will chase a pair of Pacific West Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Kahuku Golf Course in Kahuku, Hawai'i.

The PacWest Championships are being hosted by Hawai'i Pacific University on Oahu beginning Saturday morning at 8 a.m. when the men's race commences at 8 a.m.

The field will consist of 13 teams that will compete on an 8K course. Hawai'i Hilo does not sponsor men's cross country.

At 9 a.m., all 14 PacWest schools will chase the conference championship when the women's 5K race begins at the same location.

The twin races are a prelude to the NCAA Division II West Region Champion that also will be hosted by HPU on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Kahuku Golf Course.

PacWest Men's XC Championship The PacWest will crown individual champions of each race, while the All-PacWest Team will be determined based upon finish with the Top 7 being First Team, 8-14 being Second Team, and 15-21 earning Third Team honors.

Dixie State's Rachel Young returns to defend her 2011 PacWest women's crown, while California Baptist will battle to keep its twin men's and women's titles it claimed last year.

The predictions of the PacWest head coaches were announced live on PacWest Radio on Thursday, Oct. 25, on KQCK in San Tan Valley, Ariz.

The following is the predicted order of finish with the voting point total and number of first place votes each team received:

PacWest Men's Cross Country Predicted Order of Finish (1st Place Votes) - Points

  1. California Baptist (12) - 168
  2. Azusa Pacific -141
  3. Grand Canyon - 136
  4. BYU-Hawaii - 133
  5. Hawai'i Pacific - 110
  6. Point Loma - 91
  7. Academy of Art (1) - 87
  8. Dixie State - 84
  9. Fresno Pacific - 79
  10. Holy Names - 50
  11. Chaminade - 43
  12. Notre Dame de Namur - 39
  13. Dominican - 22

PacWest Women's Cross Country Predicted Order of Finish (1st Place Votes) – Points

  1. Azusa Pacific (10) - 186
  2. California Baptist (3) - 181
  3. Hawaii Pacific - 146
  4. Grand Canyon - 145
  5. Point Loma (1) - 139
  6. Dixie State - 128
  7. BYU-Hawaii - 121
  8. Academy of Art - 118
  9. Fresno Pacific - 85
  10. Chaminade - 56
  11. Holy Names - 53
  12. Hawai'i Hilo - 47
  13. Dominican - 42
  14. Notre Dame de Namur - 23