October 18, 2008

Eagles Take Fourth at EWU Invitational

Oct. 18, 2008

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The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s cross country teams took first and fourth, respectively, at the sixth annual EWU Cross Country Invitational Saturday (Oct.18) in Cheney, Wash.

Paul Limpf and Alex Smyth finished 1-2 in the men’s race to help Eastern’s men’s team win the title in the four-team meet over Montana, Calgary and Gonzaga.

Amber Nickelson led the EWU women with a sixth-place finish. Eastern finished fourth, with Calgary winning the women’s title, followed by Montana and Gonzaga.

In the men’s 8,000-meter run, Limpf had a time of 24:53.6 to win the individual title at the EWU Invitational for the first time. Last year, he finished second with a time of 25:01.0. Teammate Alex Smyth was second Saturday with a time of 25:00.4 -- last season he finished third (25:29.3).

Other Eagle men’s finishers included Kyle King (6th, 25:51.9), Graham Vaux (7th, 25:54.7), Cody Barton (20th, 26:41.6) and Cody Bradwell (36th, 27:50.9).

In the women’s 5,000-meter race, Nickelson finished sixth with a time of 18:59.5. Last year she finished 14th with a time of 19:52.0. She was followed by teammate Stephanie Dye, who finished 13th with a time of 19:58.7.

Other EWU women finishers include Brittney Williams (15th, 20:07.3), Lauren Matthews (21st, 20:56.2), Kelly Downey (30th, 21:40.3), Amanda Weaver (36th, 22:09.5) and April Axtell (40th, 23:19.0).

The Eagles will next compete in 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.

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