Sarah Reiter and Vince Hamilton Top Eagle Finishers in First Meet

Reiter places third in women's race as Eastern opens 2014 Cross Country Season at Clash of the Inland Northwest in Spokane


Led by sophomore Sarah Reiter and junior Vince Hamilton, the Eastern Washington University men's and women's cross country teams kicked off the season Saturday (Aug. 30) at the Clash of the Inland Northwest at Mead High School in Spokane, Wash.

The Eagle women, picked to finish third in the Big Sky Conference this season, had three finishers in the top 12 to beat Gonzaga and Idaho in dual meet scoring. Reiter led the way with a third-place finish in the 4,000-meter women's race, just 17 seconds behind the winner. Hamilton led the men by placing 11th on the men's 6,000-meter course.


What's Next . . .

The Eagles take two weeks off from competing before the Portland State Invitational on Sept. 20 in Portland, Ore. The Eagles will also compete in meets Missoula, Mont., and Pullman, Wash., prior to competing at the 2014 Big Sky Conference Championships in Grand Forks, N.D.


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Top Performers . . .

Sophomore Sarah Reiter place third (13:51), junior Katie Mahoney was 10th (14:20) and junior Berenice Penaloza  was 12th (14:23). Eagle track and field standout Catie Arrigoni, who is redshirting the 2014 season, competed unattached and was fifth (14:04).

 Sophomore Paula Gil-Echevarria, who competed this past summer at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in the steeplechase for Spain, did not compete.

Hamilton, who graduated from North Central High School in Spokane, had a time of 18:24. Senior Chris Schroll, Eastern's top competitor a year ago, did not compete.


Team Scoring . . .

Women: EWU 25, Gonzaga 32; EWU 24, Idaho 31; WSU 19, EWU 38.
Men: Gonzaga 17, EWU 46; Idaho 20, EWU 42; WSU 15, EWU 49.


Other EWU Finishers . . .

Women . . .
16. Mayra Chavez 14:34
46. Katie Lynch 15:37
83. Brittney Swanson 16:46
89. Danie Moon 17:05

Men . . .
41. Nik Taylor 19:41
8. Austin Oser 19:50
70. Quin Olivas 20:41
77. Austen Frostad 21:03
NA Alex Kimsey NA
27. (unattached) Stephen Bottoms 19:23
31. (unattached) Isaac Kitzan 19:24

Comments From Head Coach Chris Zeller

"The women ran well as a team. Sarah is going to have a stellar year. Berenice ran solid. Mahoney started conservative, but moved up throughout the second half of the race to have a solid finish. Mayra ran strong and ran most of the race with Berenice until her heal bruise started bothering her. Once that heals up, she'll be right with the rest of the crew at the finish. It will also be fun adding Paula later in the season. Although Emily would like to be a bit ahead of where she was today, it was her first race in a long while. She'll be a nice addition as she re-learns how to put together a 5,000-meter race. Katie Lynch put together a nice opener as well. Despite this being a redshirt year for Arrigoni, she's fit and will only build off of that for indoor/outdoor. This group is at a great starting point for this time of the season."

"The men learned they still have a bit of work to do and are glad it's just Aug. 30. Vince showed he put in a good summer of training and will be a contender late in the year. Like Paula, Chris Schroll sat out today. Stephen Bottoms, Alex Kimsey and Isaac Kitzan all finished close together. It's nice having a pack to run with like that without having any major gaps from 3 to 4 or 4 to 5. Now, they just need to work on working together to move up as a pack a little bit to decrease the spread between them and Vince. Nik Taylor and Aaron Brenton, who was unattached, put together nice races, too."

"Now it's back to work for three more weeks until our next meet in Portland."



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