Hartnell Alumna Malena Grover wins national title with Adams State

Hartnell Alumna Malena Grover wins national title with Adams State

Former Hartnell College student-athlete Malena Grover (Salinas HS) recently helped her Adams State University Lady Grizzlies to the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championship in Evansville, Indiana. Grover placed 12th overall to earn individual AllAmerican honors. Adams State was ranked third overall heading into the championship race, but with Grover's help, the Lady Grizzlies prevailed over top ranked Cal Baptist University and second ranked Grand Valley State University. Adams State avenged last year's upset where they placed second overall. Grover was third overall at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship to earn a second all-RMAC honor. She improved on her thirteenth place South Central Regional Championship finish by taking the overall individual win to help Adams State win the regional team title for the second consecutive year. For her efforts, Grover was the South Central Female Runner of the Year. At the national championship, Malena was the second Lady Grizzly to cross the line and in twelfth place up from 43rd as a freshman. The Adams State title becomes their 53rd national title in cross country in school history. While at Hartnell College, Malena Grover was a two-time Coast Conference Champion in cross country. She was the Northern CA runner-up as a sophomore earning her second all-region honor. At the CCCAA State Championship, she improved from 13th as a freshman to 3rd overall, the highest placing finish in school history. Her teams won back to back conference and regional titles. In track, she established school records at 1500m, 5000m, and 10,000m and in the process set the Coast Conference 10,000m record in a solo run for 25 laps. As a freshman, she earned All-American honors in the 5000m while becoming the first Hartnell woman ever to cover the distance in under 18 minutes. As a sophomore, she won conference titles at 800m, 1500m, 5000m, and 10,000m a feat potentially unmatched in conference history. Grover the NorCal champion at 1500m and became Hartnell College's first state champion at that event. She ended her career at the same meet with a second All-American honor in the 5000m. http://www.asugrizzlies.com/news/2017/11/18/mens-cross-country-xc-grizzlies-sweep-ncaadivision-ii-national-championships.aspx