October 13, 2007

Eagles Take First at EWU Invitational

Oct. 13, 2007

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The Eastern Washington University women's and men's cross country team both took first over Gonzaga at the fifth annual EWU Cross Country Invitational Saturday (Oct.13) in Cheney, Wash.

Mattie Bridgmon and Samantha Modderman took first and second, respectively, on the women's side. Paul Limpf led the EWU men with a second place finish.

Bridgmon had a time of 18:24.3 followed by her Modderman who had a time of 18:29.4. Other finishers for the Eagles were Kiri Garruto (10th, 19:31.3), Amber Nickelson (14th, 19:52.0), monica Prunty (15th, 19:59.8) and Whitney Johnson (29th, 21:54.0).

Besides Gonzaga, the University of Calgary and Washington State were non-scoring schools who competed.

"That was really impressive, because Calgary has a really good team and a really deep team," said head cross country coach Chris Zeller. "Having those two as our leaders is really nice going into conference because they will be able to mix it up. I am real happy about how they performed."

Limpf led the men with a time of 25:01.0 for a second place finish. He was two seconds behind Geoff Kerr from Calgary, who had a time of 24:59.1.

"The guy that beat him won this meet last year as well," added Zeller. "We knew he was going to be back again so Paul would have someone to run with. They both held off early then it turned into a two-man race. Geoff got him but it was a good effort by Paul."

Other finishers for the men were Alex Smyth (3rd, 25:29.3), Tyler Justice (7th, 26:19.4), Graham Vauz (8th, 26:19.7), Bowe Ebding (10th, 26:22.4), Andrew Marks (23rd, 27:11.1) and Eric Walter (28th, 27:43.3).

The Eagles will head to the Big Sky Conference Championships in Missoula, Mont., on Oct. 27. The women finished sixth and the men finished seventh last year at the Championships.

"I really like having this meet going into Big Sky -- this was a low key meet so we are not too amped up too early," said Zeller. "Big Sky is in two weeks and our teams are much improved from a year ago."

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