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Women's Cross Country - Sat, Nov. 7, 2015 - posted by Seth Preuss
Siena Rivera was the first runner in for the Royals (Photo provided by Biola Sports Information)
Siena Rivera was the first runner in for the Royals (Photo provided by Biola Sports Information)

ORANGE, CA- Hope International closed its 2015 season at the GSAC Championships hosted by Biola at Irvine Regional Park. The Royalswere able to field a full team for the final race of the season and finished seventh in a nine-team field.

Siena Rivera (SO/Kingsburg, CA) paced the Royals in their final event of 2015 with a 21:18 clip good enough for a top-half finish, 39th in a field of 83 runners. Karen Ayala was the next Royals runner across the line at 22:01 in 52nd place.

Ronda Ackley (JR/Hemet, CA) wrapped up her 2015 campaign with a 22:45 final time in 58th place, and Taylor Butler (SO/Chino, CA) crossed the line ten seconds later at 22:45 in 59th.

Janna Langrell (SR/Pomona, CA) concluded her career as a Royal with a 23:32 time in her last race for HIU, ending her time in the navy and white with a 62nd place finish.

Coach Jaime Winslow commented on the final event and the season, saying "This was a tough season for us. We had quite a few injuries but everyone competed and gave their all. We needed every single athlete out there today and they were able to push through the pain and race for their teammates. We had [one women's team senior running today,] Janna. It was a special day for [all our seniors] as they finished out their collegiate cross country careers. On the women's side, Siena and Karen really stepped up. It has been an honor to coach this amazing group of athletes this season."

The Royals finished their season with a seventh place finish in a nine-team field. They finished all but one event with a team score in the 2015 season and made their first appearance in an eight kilometer event in program history at the Cal Baptist Invite on Oct. 3. The Royals will say goodbye to Langrell and return five of their six runners in 2016.

 
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