Sept. 12, 2007
The Eastern Washington University cross country team will be competing at the Sundodger Invitational Saturday (Sept. 15). 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.
"The Eagles have a great base right now," said head cross country coach Chris Zeller. "Their aerobic fitness level is really high, although they may be a little tired from the high volume."
The Eagles competed last weekend (Sept. 8) at the Montana Open in Missoula, Mont., where junior Paul Limpf finished second with a time of 15:35 in the 5,000. First-place finisher Brett Carter, who ran unattached, had a time of 15:34 to beat Limpf by one second.
"Paul Limpf will have his first real test this weekend," said Zeller. "It will be good for him to get the feel of a big meet, which he'll need for regionals.
"Graham Vaux has been looking fabulous in workouts. He could be an x-factor for us."
Freshman Vaux placed 11th with a time of 16:22 in Montana.
In the women's 5,000 in Montana, junior Mattie Bridgmon placed third with a time of 18:28, and senior transfer Samantha Modderman had a fourth-place finish of 18:29. Senior Amber Nickelson ran unattached with an 11th-place finish time of 19:52.
"Amber Nickelson had her best run of the season thus far last weekend. Hopefully, she'll continue moving up. The top three women (Bridgmon, Modderman and Nickelson) are strong and continue to look good in workouts.
"The meet this weekend will have some deep teams, including UW and WSU, who should be fun to compete against."