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