Big Sky Conference Championships Next for Cross Country Teams

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."

Eastern was led by Curtis Suver on the men's side, who placed 13th at the Big Sky Championships last year. Paul Limpf also placed in the top-20 for the Eagles in 18th place.

"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."

"Shaun Helm, Andrew Marks, and Cody Chappell will also contribute to our team's success at conference," he added. "I think Cody and Andrew will both go under 28 minutes for an 8-kilometer race."

The women were led at last year's championships by senior Camille Moseley (formerly Gibb), senior Holly Evans and sophomore Mattie Bridgmon. They placed 12th, 13th and 30th, respectively.

"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.

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