Saturday, October 2, 2010

Huskies finish sixth, 19th at Notre Dame Invitational...

SOUTH BEND, Indiana--Competing over a 5000 meter course, the third ranked University of Washington women's cross country team finished sixth in Friday's Notre Dame Invitational on the Notre Dame Golf Course.

Defending national champs Villanova got the team win, followed by No. 4 Oregon, No. 2 Florida State, No. 12 New Mexico, and Stony Brook. The Huskies posted 185 points for sixth.

Senior Kailey Campbell (left/photo by Paul Merca) from Ballard HS in Seattle was the top finisher for the women, placing 14th overall in 16-minutes, 54-seconds, followed by senior Mel Lawrence in 25th at 17:10.

Sophomore Lindsay Flanagan, the Sundodger Invitational champion, was 30th overall in 17:18, and sophomore Kayla Evans placed 48th in 17:30. Freshman Libby Miller capped Washington's scoring with a 68th-place effort in 17:42, giving the Huskies a 1-5 split of 48 seconds.

Miller was followed by redshirt freshmen Justine Johnson and Grace Green in 80th and 127th, respectively.

Freshman Megan Goethals, who was UW's No. 2 runner at the Sundodger, never felt well today but fought through to the finish, taking 165th. Fellow true freshman Mackenzie Carter also placed 133rd in 18:27.

"We had to battle today and rely on a lot of young women who are still adjusting to this whole process and there are going to ups and downs for sure," said head coach Greg Metcalf.

"Kailey Campbell I thought ran with a lot of poise, and Mel Lawrence was a little rusty and hasn't raced in a long time so this was just the tip of the iceberg for her. Lindsay, Kayla, and Libby all had solid days, and Megan will shake this off and still make a huge difference for our team this year."

In the men's 8000 meter race, the Huskies finished 19th overall, led by Joey Bywater, who placed 63rd in 25:05.

The Huskies were hampered by Metcalf's decision to hold out Max O'Donoghue-McDonald due to a back problem, and fellow junior Cameron Quackenbush, who was a DNF after three miles.

Redshirt freshmen Gareth Gilna and Taylor Carlson both stepped up with solid outings in their first career road trips, as Gilna placed 74th in 25:14, and Carlson was the third Husky across in 25:31, good for 95th overall. Senior Jordan Swarthout was 101st at 25:40 and sophomore James Cameron was 109th at 25:48 to cap UW's scoring and give the Huskies a 1-5 split of 43 seconds.

Redshirt freshman Michael Miller was 132nd at 26:15.

"Max wanted to go, and it pained him not to be out there, but it was not worth the risk today with a long season still ahead," said Metcalf. "I was proud of the efforts from Gareth Gilna and Taylor Carlson, but we have got to fix some things after today."

Washington returns to Indiana in two weeks for the Pre-Nationals meet at the Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, which will be their final test before the Pac-10 cross country championships at Seattle's Jefferson Park Golf Course on October 30th.

The women's results can be found here, while the men's results are available here.

NOTE: The University of Washington sports information office contributed to this report.

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