Kristen Kolstad

Clan women beat record

November 29, 2007

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By Scott McLean

Clan senior captain Kristen Kolstad (above) and her teammates raced to an unprecedented fifth consecutive title Nov. 17 at this year’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) cross-country championships in Kenosha, Wis.

The Clan women now have 10 national championships overall—a NAIA record.

Rookie sensation Jessica Smith led the Clan, placing fourth overall in the competition, while Kolstad finished in seventh place.

"It was unbelievable because we did not think initially that we had won on the women’s side," says SFU head coach Brit Townsend following the race.

The Clan women tallied 99 combined points, placing three runners in the top-30, their highest ever total combined in their championship winning history.

Smith "was amazing, simply amazing," says Townsend of her freshman phenom. And Kolstad "probably started a little too strong, the first kilometre of the course is straight uphill, so seventh overall is not quite where she hoped to finish, but certainly still a great result to finish top-ten."

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