Big Bear native Chad Hall of UC Riverside has been named Big West Conference Athlete of the Week after his performance for the Highlanders at the 29th Annual UC Riverside Invitational this past Saturday.
In his first race of the season, Hall finished first on the squad with a time of 24:17.1 to place eighth overall individually, first among Big West competitors. His time is also the fastest 8k time in the conference so far in this young 2009 season.
Hall’s performance led the Highlanders to a second place team finish out of 30 teams, behind only nationally ranked No. 12 BYU.
The sophomore is off to a great start at the collegiate level. It looks like he has the potential to put the school’s men’s team on the map much the way Rancho Cucamonga’s Brenda Martinez has done on the women’s side.