Women's team places in top three at home meet to tie up regular season competition
The Eastern Washington University women's cross country team placed third overall at the Inland Northwest Cross Country Classic with the help of some sunshine and a home-course advantage, Saturday morning (Oct. 16) in Cheney, Wash.
On the same day at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet in Indiana, Kyle King placed third in the men's open race. His time placed him 67th overall in a field of 366 runners competing in two different heats.
Senior Amy Kolin led the Lady Eagles, claiming the title and running a time of 18:10.1 on the 5,000-meter course. Stephanie Dye placed 14th behind Kolin, clocking a time of 18:54.
"Amy ran her best race of the season today," said cross country head coach Chris Zeller. "She ran more conservative early on, which helped her gain momentum through the race and finish strong. If she can put together another race like that at conference and even regionals, she's likely to be very successful and possibly move on to a national-meet appearance."
Other women's finishers were Angelica Rodriguez (19:32), Monica Jaenicke (19:32), Micaela Rasmussen (20:16), Kimberly Macias (20:24), Jessi Johnson (20:50), Danielle Raschko (20:56.2), Megan Inman (20:56.8), Sarah Alvick (22:18), Senaida Monroy (22:19) and Britt Henderson (23:02).
"Overall, the women's team really stepped up their game," said Zeller "A lot of them ran their best race of the year today."
The women of the University of Calgary finished first overall, scoring 44 points, followed by Gonzaga (63), Eastern Washington (93), Whitworth (94), Lewis-Clark State College (108), Idaho (151), Community Colleges of Spokane (179) and Flathead Community College (239).
Due to a lack of runners, the four Eagle men were unable to count in the scoring of today's meet.
Captain Bowe Ebding was Eastern's top performer, crossing the finish line fifth in a time of 25:07.2. He was followed by Cody Barton (25:26.5), Simon Sorenson (25:33.2) and Connor Williams (26:58.7).
"The men's team ran really well today," said Zeller, "We put up some good time to head to conference with."
The men of the University of Calgary also finished first overall, scoring 32 points, followed by Gonzaga (62), Washington State (84), Whitworth (114), Community Colleges of Spokane (117), Lewis-Clark State College (125), and Flathead Community College (212).
The Eagles will be back in action on Oct. 30, as Eastern Washington hosts the 2010 Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships at the Fairways Golf Course in Cheney, Wash.