Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Husky women's cross country team ranked #1 in USTFCCCA West Region...

The University of Washington women’s cross country team, fresh off its strong performance at Saturday’s Tiger Invitational in Auburn, Alabama, leapfrogged over the University of Oregon to take the number one spot in the USTFCCCA regional poll, released on Monday.

The Washington State women’s team, which won the Montana Invitational, is ranked #15 in the current regional rankings.

On the men’s side, Washington is ranked #7, with Washington State one spot behind. Eastern Washington’s Eagles are ranked #13 in this week’s rankings.

The USTFCCCA national poll will be released either late Tuesday or Wednesday.

Here’s a link to an article in Tuesday’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer on the UW women’s cross country team…

In other news from the weekend, top ten performances from Katie Hansen (Portland, Ore.) in the women’s race and Nick Cannata-Bowman (San Francisco, Calif.) and Michael Van Nuland (Newcastle, Wash.) in the men’s race helped the Seattle University cross country teams win the Emerald City Open, held in windy and rainy conditions Saturday morning at Lower Woodland Park.

Hansen posted the best time of her career in this 6000-meter race, finishing third with a time of 23:13, 45 seconds behind Mo Huber of Washington (left/photo by Paul Merca) and 34 seconds behind Bailey Schutte of Washington. Greta Stickney (Poulsbo, Wash.) was the next Seattle University runner to cross the finish line, placing 12th with a time of 25:25.

UW freshman Rob Webster, Jr. from Puyallup took home the men’s individual title, winning in a time of 26:16 over the 8-kilometer course.

Athletes from the UW took the first five places in the men’s race, and five of the top six in the women’s race but were not factored in the team scoring as several were entered as unattached to preserve eligibility.

Click here to read the full recap of the Emerald City Open…

From the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana on Friday, North Carolina senior Brie Felnagle, a former standout at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, took the individual title, covering the 5000-meter course in 16:21….

At Saturday’s Bill Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Oregon, former Bothell High harrier David Kinsella, competing for the University of Portland, took individual honors in the men’s 8-k race, running 24:03…

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