Additionally, Pannu was named the Saint Mary’s Student-Athlete of the Week, after claiming the individual title at last week’s Sacramento State Inter-Region Jamboree, the meet that served as the preview to the NCAA west region course.
Some of the top teams in the region participated, including No. 12 UCLA.
In the fourth mile of the race, Pannu was trailing Cal Poly’s Sean Davidson by over 20 meters. Pannu kicked it into gear and took his first lead of the day with 400 meters to go and holding off the rest of the field, crossing the finish line in first-place with a time of 23:28 in the 8K race.
This is the first individual title at a race of this magnitude for a Saint Mary’s runner.
Pannu is in his senior year having earned 2012 First Team All-WCC and USTFCCCA XC All-West Region honors. The Hercules native holds SMC records in the 10K and 8K, and the third best time in the 5K.
Pannu and the Gaels are back in action on October 19th at the Santa Clara Invitational at Baylands Regional Park in Sunnyvale.