Salony, Kaster Earn All-Region Honors for Tiger Cross Country at West Regionals
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – The Tiger men's and women's cross country teams had two runners earn All-Region honors as the men finished eighth and the women ninth at the NCAA West Region Championships on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Will Salony (Dallas, Texas / JJ Pearce) and senior Elaine Kaster (Lewisville, Texas / Founders Classical) both collected All-Region honors for the Tiger men's and women's teams. Kaster earns the honor for the second straight season, finishing 34th at this year's event in a time of 22:59.7. That time is the second-fastest of her career. Salony earned the best finish for any Tiger runners at today's meet, clocking in at 24:58.8 for a 17th-place finish and his first career All-Region honor. His time is also the second-fastest in school history – just a few seconds shy of the school-record-breaking time he established earlier this season.
Sophomore Ryan Tresaugue (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands) and senior Ben Whittemore (Jasper, Texas / Georgetown) both finished in the top 50 for the men, with just 0.6 seconds separating the two Tiger runners. Ellie Catron (The Woodlands Christian Academy) did the same on the women's side with her time of 23:23.2. First-year Gianna Keena (Lakeway, Texas / Lake Travis) was just a few seconds behind her best time of the season, finishing in 23:30.1 on Saturday.
Three other Tiger men's runners joined Salony, Tresaugue, and Whittemore in the top 100. Junior Diego Flores (San Antonio, Texas / Great Hearts Monte Vista North) finished in 26:22.5, followed by sophomores Eli Karg (Friendswood, Texas / Friendswood) and Jackson White (Boerne, Texas / Boerne) in 26:31.7 and 26:48.7, respectively.
All seven of Trinity's women's runners finished among the top 75 in the region. Senior Lynzie Kutsner (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Rampart) raced to a time of 23:49.8 and sophomore Ellie Herrick (Corpus Christi, Texas / Tuloso Midway) finished less than five seconds behind her teammate. Senior Paige Tangney (Wilmette, Ill. / New Trier Township) clocked in at 24:05.9, followed by junior Madison Habeck (Lake Jackson, Texas / Clute Brazoswood) in a time of 24:14.3.
"Both teams fought hard today," said Head Coach Emily Daum. "The men's team improved quite a bit from last year and we're hopeful on getting an individual qualifier with Salony. The women did well, given the circumstances, and we're looking to improve next year."
Both Trinity teams complete the 2022 season with today's meet, though the Tigers will await individual selections to next week's NCAA Championships. The individual selections will be announced by the NCAA tomorrow.