Wahine's Smith eighth in West cross country
University of Hawaii senior Cheryl Smith finished eighth in the NCAA Cross Country West Regionals yesterday at Tucson, Ariz.
Smith completed the 6-kilometer race in 21 minutes, 36.9 seconds. Tara Chaplin of Arizona won in 20:40.10.
The Wahine placed 10th in the 23-school field with 295 points. Stanford (39 points) and Arizona (80) earned automatic berths to the NCAA Championships in Greenville, S.C., Nov. 19.
UH's Casey McGuire-Turcotte finished 20th in 22:04.8. Other UH runners were: Courtney Barlow (74th in 23:56.7), Diane Kohara (107th, 24:39.20), Teryn Bentley (108th, 24:41.20), Jennifer Crumley (130th, 25:10.90), Brittany Keith (133rd, 25:18.70).
Portland State's Annie Kawasaki, the 2000 Hawai'i prep champion from St. Francis School, finished 58th in 23:29.70.
Smith and her Wahine teammates must wait to see if they will receive at-large bids to the nationals.
Aleong triumphs: 'Aiea's Norman Aleong won the Paradise Cup's open middleweight class and the overall open men's division Saturday night at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
"I was stoked," said Aleong, 41. "I worked hard for it and I'm glad that I pulled it off."
Aleong, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound aircraft mechanic, beat out 19 competitors.
Bantamweight: Wesley Boggs. Lightweight: Ramel Valbuena. Middleweight: Larry Domingo. Light-heavyweight: Mits Tamayose. Heavyweight: Ben Caravalho. Best poser: Ramel Valbuena. Overall: Ramel Valbuena.
Lightweight: Brian Quach. Middleweight: Gary Nakamoto. Heavyweight: Allen Mahuka Sr. Best poser: Allen Mahuka Sr. Overall: Brian Quach.
Bantamweight: George Calaro. Lightweight: Andy Oviedo. Middleweight: Norman Aleong. Light-heavyweight: John Coe. Heavyweight: Kirk Maluo. Best poser: Guy Copeland. Overall: Norman Aleong.
Team Trophy: 24-Hour Fitness.
Chaminade wins: Valasi Sepulona had 14 kills as Chaminade beat Hawai'i-Hilo, 25-30, 30-25, 30-12, 30-23, in a Pacific West match yesterday at McCabe Gym.
Sara Pilgreen had 14 kills for Hilo.
Tee time at Turtle Bay: The University of Hawai'i is hosting the UH/Turtle Bay Intercollegiate tournament, tomorrow and Tuesday at Turtle Bay Golf Course.
The event will tee off at 7 a.m. both days.