Mahoney and Hamilton are EWU’s top finishers at season opener in Spokane
The Eastern Washington University cross country teams kicked off the season at the Clash of the Inland Northwest Saturday (Aug. 31) at Mead High School in Spokane, Wash. Five Eastern runners placed in the top 20 individually including three for the women and two for the men.
In team dual scoring, the men fell to Washington State (15-41) and Gonzaga (19-40), but edged out Idaho by a point (27-28) for a third-place finish. The Eastern women were defeated by each of the Division I programs at the meet (Gonzaga 23-42, Idaho 23-36, Washington State 25-32).
For the men, Vince Hamilton led the way for the Eagles with an 11th-place finish and Chris Schroll was close behind placing 13th. Hamilton covered the 6,000-meter course in 18:58 while Schroll clocked a time of 19:04 in the duo’s Eastern cross country debut.
The two were followed by three other athletes running in their first meet for EWU including Alex Kimsey (21st, 19:22), Issac Kitzan (24th, 19:33), Steven Kutsch (35th, 20:01). Simon Sorensen (47th, 20:24) and Quin Olivas (59th, 20:45) rounded out the top seven for the team.
On the women’s side, Katie Mahoney had a strong opening race, placing third overall in a time of 14:31 on the 4,000-meter course, just 11 seconds behind the winner. Two transfers grabbed the next two spots for the Eagles as Sarah Reiter out of Montana State finished 12th (14:51) and Mayra Chavez out of New Mexico State placed 19th (15:05).
Finishing next for Eastern was Katie Lynch (34th, 15:30), Catie Arrigoni (51st, 16:07), Amber Core (57th, 16:12), Keeley Davidson (73rd, 16:40), Michaela Chucka (76th, 16:51), Lauren Brewington (87th, 17:04), Brittney Swanson (88th, 17:06) and Rachael Hatcher (94th, 17:22).
The other Division I dual results for the men included scores of Gonzaga 26 Washington State 29; Washington State 15 Idaho 40; and Gonzaga 19 Idaho 39.
For the women, other Division I scores at the meet were Gonzaga 22 Idaho 36; Gonzaga 18 WSU 42; and Idaho 24 WSU 33.
The Eagles will take the next weekend off, but will be back in action Sep. 14th at the Sundodger Invitational hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash.