October 27, 2007

Trio of Eagles earn All-Big Sky Honors

Oct. 27, 2007

Missoula, Mont. -

Eastern Washington University runners Paul Limpf, Mattie Bridgmon and Samantha Modderman all earned All-Big Sky Conference honors with top 10 finishes at Saturday's (Oct. 27) Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships in Missoula, Mont.

Eastern's women finished a best-ever fourth in the women's team competition while the men equaled last year's placing of seventh. The women were sixth a year ago and EWU's previous best finish was fifth on three occasions (1999, 2003 and 2005).

Limpf covered the 8,000-meter men's race in 24:34.1 to place fifth and trail winner Lopez Lomong of team champion Northern Arizona by just 43 seconds. Limpf is a junior from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash., and placed seventh as a sophomore to also earn All-Big Sky honors.

Bridgmon also finished fifth and had a time of 17:58.6 in the women's 5,000-meter race, with Modderman 10 seconds behind in 10th with a time of 18:08.0. Modderman is a senior from Walker, Minn., while Bridgmon is a junior from Laramie, Wyo.

Other Eastern men's finishers were Alex Smyth (13th, 25:08.2), Graham Vaux (40th, 26:26.8), Bowe Ebding (43rd, 26:32.9), Tyler Justus (48th, 26:45.1), Andrew Marks (55th, 27:15.9) and Erik Walter (60th, 28:04.9).

Women's finishers for EWU also included Amber Nickelson (26th, 19:04.1), Kiri Garruto (34th, 19:27.2), monica Prunty (45th, 19:56.1), Nikki Buchholtz (61st, 21:18.7) and Whitney Johnson (65th, 21:46.1).

Northern Arizona, ranked second in NCAA Division I, had four of the top six finishers in the men's race to win the title by 33 points over runner-up Weber State.

Weber State's Sariah Long won the women's individual title with a 17:13.9 time, but Northern Arizona won the team title by 18 points over WSU. The Lumberjacks took five of the top 11 places.

Eastern's men's and women's teams continue their seasons on Nov. 10 at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Eugene, Ore.

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