At different races, Balsan, Theisen earn same result among 300+

October 2, 2019
Elizabeth Balsan cross-country running

Elizabeth Balsan

Anchorage’s Elizabeth Balsan and Kenai’s Jordan Theisen participated in different races in different states but both managed to earn the same result.

Balsan of Grand Canyon University placed 20th in a huge women’s field of 322 runners at the Capital Cross Challenge in Sacramento, California.

The senior clocked a 6-K time of 21:13.8, shaving more than 30 seconds off her time in last year’s race.

Balsan, of ACS fame, was the No. 2 runner for Grand Canyon, which finished sixth out of 40 teams, most of them NCAA D1 programs.

At the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Theisen placed 20th in a large men’s field of 309 runners.

Jordan Theisen cross country running

Jordan Theisen

The Black Hills State University senior crossed the 8-K race in 26:17.3 – just three seconds off his PR.

Theisen, of Kenai High fame, was the No. 1 runner for Black Hills and led the team to a seventh-place finish out of 28 teams from the NCAA D2 and D3 levels.

He held off runners from Florida Southern and Michigan Tech to stay in the top-20 en route to shaving 35 seconds off his time from his 2017 appearance at this race.