Heath Sets Another Record at NCAA West Regional

Nick Heath (Kelvin Kuo/WCC photo)
Nov. 11, 2016

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SACRAMENTO, California – Sophomore Nick Heath broke the school record in the men’s 10K and recorded the program’s best-ever finish at the NCAA West Regional as the Pepperdine cross country teams wrapped up the season on Friday.

Heath (Scotts Valley, Calif./Scotts Valley HS) came in 35th place with a time of 30:22.7 at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course. The previous 10K record was 31:45.0 set by Kenny Smith in 2011. A Pepperdine men’s runner’s previous best finish at the NCAA West Regional was Jason Kite’s 54th-place result in 1993.

Heath also improved 74 spots in the West Regional standings from his freshman year.

“Nick Heath’s run was our highlight,” Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti said. “He was really competitive. Sometimes Nick gets out slow and catches up, but today he was in the chase pack with a group of 40-50 guys, and he hung in there and finished really strong. From my perspective, it’s a sign of things to come as he gets stronger and stronger over the next two years. I think as soon as this spring he’ll be an NCAA qualifier in track. Things are really looking good for Nick and I’m excited about his future.”

Senior Ben Fox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain HS) and Freshman Treet Allison (Canyon, Texas/Canyon HS) also completed the race, while redshirt junior Nick Blanchard (Portland, Conn./Portland HS) dropped out partway through the race.

On the women’s side, senior Lindsay Sheaffer (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) led the Waves to the finish line once again in her final college cross country race. Sheaffer, who came in 145th place in 22:10.7, led Pepperdine at each of her five meets this year. The other women who completed the West Regional were sophomore Elise Froebe (Lake Forest Park, Wash./Shorecrest HS) and freshmen Tatum Rask (Highlands Ranch, Colo./ThunderRidge HS) and Lupita Perez (Fillmore, Calif./Fillmore HS).

 

 

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