WALLA WALLA, WA - Senior Anahy Covarrubias (Los Angeles, Calif.) concluded her Whittier College Cross Country career with her best race of her career over the weekend.
It was the first NCAA Regional podium finish for the four-year team member capping off a break-out season. "Anahy gave a great effort leaving it all on the course"; said Coach Greg Phillips. "She went after a qualifying spot for Nationals and ended up with a truly great and inspiring race"; he continued. Runners raced not only one another but temperatures in the 30's at Veterans Memorial Golf Course, in Walla Walla, Washington.
After the gun, Covarrubias moved up to 15th place of the 124 finishers, positioning herself in qualifying position before losing some spots to leg fatigue and stiffness on the last hill of the course. The cold affected many of the runners on the last hill prior to the sprint to the finish… and for about 6-7 minutes during the mid-stages of the race, competitors had to contend with a cold wind, sudden drop in temperature, and snow flurries.
It wasn't in the forecast and was completely unexpected. Freshman Jeanie Cox (Chino Hills, Calif.), who like Covarrubias raced a lifetime best to conclude her season commented; "The snow was sticking to my eyelids and I had to keep wiping it off so I could see". The two lady Poet distance runners, like their cross country teammates, will now turn their attention to preparing for the upcoming track & field season.