November 12, 2011

Eagles Finish Season at NCAA West Regional in Stanford, Calif

Four seniors end their collegiate cross country careers

For the last time this season, the Eastern Washington University men's and women's cross country teams suited up – this time in Stanford, Calif., at the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Meet. 

Seniors Tonya Turner, Bowe Ebding, Graham Vaux and Stephanie Dye each ran their final race in the red and white. 

Turner, the women's top runner this season, placed 64th overall with a time of 21:44.

"After about a mile, Tonya was already in 50th," said head coach Chris Zeller. "She ran very aggressive."

The other two women that ran in the women's 6,000-meter race were Dye and freshman Katie Mahoney. Mahoney finished 170th ,as Dye came in 181st.

On the men's side, it was junior Simon Sorensen who led the Eagles in the 10,000-meter race. He finished 93rd with a time of 31:24. Ebding was right behind him in 94th with a time of 31:28. Vaux finished 112th. 

"Our trio finished pretty close together," said Zeller. "Simon started out very conservative towards the back of the race and just worked his way up. He had a really good race. He's more of a miler and was able to finish strong." 

Freshmen Nathan Fall and Quin Olivas rounded out the men, finishing in 161st and 163rd, respectively.

Overall, the men's team placed 23rd.

"This was as good a race as you'll ever get outside of the NCAA National Championships," said Zeller. "We are definitely in the toughest of the nine regions in the country. It was great competition, a great course and a great way to end the season."
 
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