Former Sehome and Stanford runner Jake Riley won the individual championship at the 2012 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Ky.
The event featured the top running clubs from throughout the country vying for the bragging rights of the nation's top cross country team, and more than 100 teams and 1,200 competitors were expected.
Riley, who was running for Hansons-Brooks, completed the 10-kilometer course in 29 minutes, 58.365 seconds, beating out New York Athletic's Craig Forys by about 61/2 seconds for the open men's title.
DE BOER HAS BIG NIGHT
Former Lynden Christian standout Kenzie De Boer led all scorers with a career-high 29 points in Montana's 58-56 loss to Wyoming on Dec. 6.
De Boer also had four rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes of action. She hit 12 of 22 field goal attempts, including four of six from 3-point range.
"It would have been better with the win," De Boer told the Missoulian. "I was just taking what they gave me, just playing."
De Boer scored on a drive with 9.4 seconds left to pull the Grizzlies within two points, but that was as close as they would get, but she couldn't connect on an off-balance shot as the buzzer sounded.
"With five seconds left I was just trying to get the ball to the hoop," De Boer said. "They could have called a foul but the refs aren't going to call a foul in a situation like that. I don't know; I just missed."
De Boer's big night came less than a week after she was selected to the all-tournament team at the Lady Grizz Classic, after she scored nine points in a 71-48 championship game win over Tennessee State on Nov. 30.
Through eight games, De Boer is leading the Grizzlies with 13.8 points per game and is averaging 3.6 rebounds.
HOMMES MAKING A MARK
Former Lynden Christian standout Jasmine Hommes came off the bench to match teammates Rachel Semansky and Lindsay Stockton with a game-high 12 points in Montana State's 81-49 victory over Montana Western on Nov. 29.
Hommes, a freshman, is averaging 3.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game coming off the bench through eight games this season for the Bobcats.
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