Oct. 14, 2008
The Eastern Washington University cross country teams will compete Saturday (Oct. 18) in Cheney, Wash., as the Eagles host the sixth annual EWU Cross Country Invitational.
The women will begin at 10 a.m. on a 5,000-meter course, followed by the men's 8,000-meter race at 10:30 a.m. Both races take place on campus at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center.
"We're excited to host the EWU Invitational again this year," said head cross country coach Chris Zeller.
Dual-scoring will be kept between Gonzaga University, University of Montana, Calgary and EWU.
"The University of Montana will join us this year, which will be a nice addition," added Zeller. A lot of teams go to Pre-Nationals this weekend, so this is a great alternative for teams not wanting to travel quite that far. Calgary always has a deep team making the races interesting."
"The course is very spectator friendly, but it is deceivingly difficult for the athletes. There's a significant hill and the women run it twice and the men three times," said Zeller.
This is the sixth year the event will take place at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center. Previously, the event took place at the Finch Arboretum in Spokane.
On the men’s side the Eagles are led by senior Paul Limpf, who finished sixth at the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 3. He finished the five-mile course with a time of 23:42, trailing the winner by just 10 seconds.
That race earned Limpf Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week honors for the third time this season. He also won the honor after winning and setting the new course record at the Sundodger Invitational on Sept. 20 with a time of 23:33 in the 8,000-meter race to help give his team a third-place victory over Gonzaga and Idaho. He also was honored at Eastern’s first meet at the Clash of the Inland Northwest (Sept. 6).
On the women’s side, the Eagles are led by senior Amber Nickelson, who finished 10th at the Montana Invitational on Oct. 4. She had a time of 18:52 in the 5,000-meter race, just 42 seconds behind first-place finisher Sara Trane of Washington State.
The Eagles will then head to the Big Sky Conference Championships on Nov. 1 in Portland, Ore., with the women running at 8:30 a.m. and the men at 9:30 a.m.
Last year at the BSC Championships in Missoula, Mont., the men finished seventh and the women placed a best-ever fourth. Limpf had a fifth-place finish in the 8,000-meter course with a time of 24:34.1 and Nickleson placed 26th with a time of 19:04.1 in the 5,000-meter race.