Oct. 19, 2006
The Eastern Washington University men's and women's Cross Country teams will look to better their performances from last year when they compete in the Big Sky Conference Championships in Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 28.
The men's race will start at 10 a.m. and the women will begin at 11 a.m. Last year, the men gave their best performance in Eastern history finishing fourth and the women equaled their best finish taking fifth.
"The men's and women's Cross Country teams are poised to perform well," said head coach Chris Zeller. "Both teams have improved steadily throughout the season."
"Individually, Paul Limpf is looking to leave a mark at the championships," said Zeller. "He has been running fantasticly and has a lot of confidence for just a sophomore. Curtis Suver has been running better since he's finally started making headway on a bad cold. He would like to close the gap some between he and Paul."
"Camille Moseley and Mattie Bridgmon tied at our home meet and they will be a great front duo to lead our team," said Zeller. "I would like to see them both in the top ten at conference."
"The women know they must do well against tough Idaho State and Montana State," Zeller added. "Idaho State is a much better team this year than last. However, we haven't had our best race yet. Kiri Garruto has been looking really good in workouts. Nikki Buchholtz has a very competitive streak in her. Amber Nickelson has been getting focused on what she needs to do."
In their last meet before the Big Sky Championships, the Eagles hosted the fourth annual EWU Invitational. Limpf and Moseley led the men's and women's teams to second and fourth place finishes, respectively.
Individually, Moseley finished fourth with a time of 19:00.2, followed closely by Bridgmon in fifth (19:00.9).
Limpf took second overall and was the top Eastern runner with a time of 25:05.8 on the eight-kilometer course. Suver also placed in the top ten for the Eagles, finishing in eighth place with a time of 26:05.1.
Following the Big Sky Championships, the Eagles will take their top seven runners for both the men's and women's teams to the NCAA Mountain Regional in Albuquerque, N.M. on Nov. 11. The top four qualifiers at Regionals will then compete in the NCAA Championships Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.