Eastern Cross Country Heads to Seattle

Eagles compete at Sundodger Invitational Sept. 19

The Eastern Washington University cross country teams will compete at the Sundodger Invitational Saturday (Sept. 19) in Seattle, Wash., at Lincoln Park. The women will be running at 9 a.m. in the 6,000-meter race, while the men will be competing at 11 a.m. in the 8,000.

"We are really looking forward to the Sundodger Invite this weekend," said head cross country coach Chris Zeller.  "It's a race that lends itself to testing ourselves against some great competition. The course is probably the fastest one we'll be on this season, so we'll have to get out and show some speed." 

The Eagles opened their 2009 season at the second-ever Clash of the Inland Northwest on Sept. 5. Eastern's men's team finished 3-0 in the four-team dual scoring meet against Gonzaga, Washington State and Idaho. The women were 0-3.

"The Clash of the Inland Northwest was a good opener for us for the season," said Zeller. "The younger runners found out what they need to work on and how to progress through a race, and it was a nice way to shake off the rust for the upperclassmen." 

Kyle King finished second in the 6,000-meter race with a time of 20:28. That race earned him Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week honors. Teammate Alex Smyth finished fifth with a time of 20:35.  

In the women's 4,000-meter race, Stephanie Dye (pictured) finished 26th with a time of 17:30 and Ari Rios was 28th with a time of 17:42.

"A couple of athletes that stuck out from that first race were King and Rios," added Zeller.  "Kyle looks like a much stronger runner than a year ago.  Ari has been a real nice addition to the women's team."

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