By Daniel Cross, Sports Information Graduate Intern
LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- California Baptist University's distance track competed at the Occidental Distance Carnival meet Friday night.
"I was extremely proud of how Naomi (Van Setten) and Jacquie (Lutz) came out and performed today," said Head Coach Ben Gall. "They have been working so hard today and the fact that it paid off today was nice to see. Also, it was Jacquie's birthday so for her to accomplish all of this was the cherry on top."
Naomi Van Setten and Jacquie Lutz both qualified for the NCCAA Outdoor National Championships and set school records in their respective events. Van Setten took fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase, running a time of 11:18.74. Lutz placed sixth in the 10k with a time of 37:16.16.
In the women's 800-meters, Ashlee Cervantes finished third out of 53 runners with a time of 2:15.34. Cervantes was less then a second away from qualifying for nationals.
In the men's 800-meters, Chase Williams took eighth out of 66 runners, finishing with a time of 1:53.65. His time qualified him for nationals.
Mitchell Moore ran in the 5k and placed seventh with a time of 14:44.95, this beat his life-time best by three seconds. Moore qualified for nationals with five-tenths of a second to spare.
"I thought the men did a great job as well today," said Gall. "Chase (Williams) has been battling a sickness and for him to run a competitive race like he did was awesome. Moore barely missed the mark, but ran a very smart race and I am happy with his finish."
The Lancers will run next at the Titan Twilight Invitational on March 30th.