Junior finishes among some of the best in the country
Kyle King of the Eastern Washington University cross country team placed 19th of 178 competitors at the 2010 NCAA West Region Championships Saturday morning (Nov. 13), hosted by the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.
After finishing fourth at the Big Sky Conference Championships two weeks ago, King finished today's 10,000-meter race in a time of 30:34.01,as the junior from Coupeville, Wash., averaged 4:55 minutes per mile.
Other men finishers were junior Cody Barton (32:45.38) and junior Bowe Ebding (31:53.94). Finishers on the women's side were senior Amy Kolin (21:42.39) and junior Stephanie Dye (23:12.85).
Today's race featured four nationally-ranked men's teams (No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Oregon, No. 13 Portland and No. 22 California.) King finished among the elite pack, beating three Oregon and California runners, four Stanford runners and five Portland competitors.
The top-two finishing teams in both the men's and women's races earned automatic spots at the NCAA Championships, which are just nine days after Regionals on Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Indiana. The West Region is one of nine Regions across the country, which account for 18 auto qualifiers, then 13 at-large spots are awarded to round out the field.
Results from the other eight regions will determine King's advancement to the national championships on Nov. 22.