The women’s cross country team won its second Golden State Athletic Conference title in the past three years on Nov. 3 at the GSAC Championship Meet, while the men’s team placed fifth in the meet in an incredibly close race.
The women later went on to finish 10th in the nation at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships on Nov. 17 in Vancouver, Wash., where freshman Kellian Hunt earned NAIA All-America honors with a 15th place finish and teammates Neysa Mains and Ilima Kung finished 55th and 98th, respectively. The top-10 finish for the women’s team made it six straight seasons in which they have finished in the top 12 in the nation. In addition to the women’s solid showing, Biola's men’s team was represented by junior Danny Ledesma, who qualified as an individual and finished 114th overall.
The women’s volleyball team closed out the regular season on Nov. 13 with a 27-4 record and a ranking of No. 4 in the final regular season national poll — earning the team its sixth-straight trip to the NAIA national champion- ship tournament. (The tournament was scheduled to begin in Sioux City, Iowa, on Nov. 27, after the magazine went to press.) Biola is 42-21 all-time in the NAIA tournament and has reached at least the quarterfinal round in 10 of its previous 11 appearances.
Senior Christine Douglas, juniors Chelsee Arnitz and Gracee Gallarda and sophomore Amy Weststeyn were all selected for the All-Golden State Athletic Conference team in November — the most Biola players to appear on the All-GSAC team since placing four on the team in 1998.
An impressive run through the GSAC tournament came to an end on Nov. 9 as the Eagles battled hard but fell 2-1 in the tournament final against Vanguard University. The game snapped a six-game winning streak, ending the team’s season with a record of 12-7-1 — the third highest victory total in program history. It was the team’s first-ever appearance in the GSAC tournament final.
An exciting season ended with a close match in November as the men’s soccer team fell just short in the semifinal round of the GSAC tournament. After beating The Master’s College in the tournament’s opening round, the men fell 2-1 to San Diego Christian College, ending their season with an overall record of 11-7-1.
In October, freshman Abby Blake started out her Biola career by breaking a 13-year-old school record in the 500-meter freestyle race with a time of 5:13.38. The following month, Blake took first place in the 1650-meter freestyle in a meet at Biola, breaking a 12-year-old school record with a time of 18:01.57.
At the Orange County Invitational in November, sophomore Christine Tixier broke her own school record in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:06.33. She followed that up with a win in the 100-meter butterfly (56.80) and the 200 breaststroke (2:24.78), both of which were meet records.
In October, freshman Ava Lourenco became Biola’s first individual medalist in the women’s golf program’s history by winning the Cal State San Marcos Co-Ed Invitational. The victory helped lead the women’s team to a second-place finish overall at the Twin Oaks Golf Course — the best finish in the team’s short history.
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