Two 10th place finishes bring mixed emotions at Regionals
Who knew the phrase "10th place" could bring both joy and sadness on the same day. The Lady Slugs finished a disappointing 10th as a team at the NCAA DIII West Region Championships held in Chino, CA on November 11th, while Junior Tamara Torlakson finished 10th overall in the race, qualifying as an individual for the NCAA DIII National Championships.
Continuing her history making season, Torlakson ran her race plan perfectly, running in the top 15 most of the race and moving into 10th over the last 1000 meters to grab the final qualifying spot for Nationals from the West with a personal best and school record 23:14. The West proved to be the toughest region in the country to get an individual qualifier; only three runners in the top 10 were on teams that qualified. This will be UC Santa Cruz's first ever appearance at the National Meet, which will be in West Chester Ohio on the 18th.