SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior Jenna Hinkle (Cottonwood, Calif./West Valley HS) posted a personal-best 6K time at a competitive Bill Dellinger Invitational, earning the selection as Big West Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
Hinkle clashed with top competition on the Springfield Golf Course as she finished an impressive eighth place in a time of 19:17.1 in the field of 107 runners. She outclassed runners from nationally ranked programs such as Oregon, Washington and Stanford.
Led by Hinkle's top-10 showing, the Gauchos took eighth place as a team.
In regards to her performance, head coach Pete Dolan commented that, "Jenna took full advantage of the national class competition and discovered that she can run with the very best in the country. It was just a great performance to watch."