Sunday, September 18, 2011

Max O'Donoghue-McDonald wins second straight Sundodger Invitational...

SEATTLE--Washington senior Max O'Donoghue-McDonald (left/photo by Paul Merca) cruised to his second straight Sundodger Invitational victory to lead the Huskies to the team title at Washington's annual home meet at Lincoln Park Saturday.

On a pleasant but overcast day, O'Donoghue-McDonald, a native of West Seattle who got his start in the sport by racing on the course as a middle schooler, ran the 8-kilometer men's invitational race in a winning time of 24:09 to beat former Eastern Washington standout Kyle King (24:13) and Idaho's Barry Britt (24:15), who was a member of Canada's senior men's team this past spring at the IAAF world cross country championships in Spain.

The Husky senior became the second man to win consecutive Sundodger titles, joining former University of Portland standout and eight-time Seattle Marathon winner Uli Steidl, who won it in 1994-95.

Washington placed three other men in the top ten to secure the team title 28-34 over second place Idaho.

In the women's invitational 6k race, post-collegian Allix Potratz-Lee of Oiselle took the win at 20:57 over Hannah Kiser of Idaho by two seconds, with Husky freshman Eleanor Fulton third at 21:03.

Behind Fulton, Phoebe Merritt, Liberty Miller and Megan Morgan all earned top ten finishes, as the Huskies won the team title 28-45 over second place Idaho, with Pac-12 rival Oregon State third at 65.

Washington, which races next week at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, sat out several key runners in the women's race, including sophomores Katie Flood and Megan Goethals, along with defending champion Lindsay Flanagan and Justine Johnson.

In the open women's race, freshman Maria Bernard of the University of British Columbia won in 21:41, as UBC took the team title with 47 points, ahead of second place Whitman (110) and third place Western Washington (141).

The men's open team results are being corrected due to a scoring error, and were not posted by the University of Washington.

In the high school girls' invitational, Kendra Weitz of Shadle Park took the 5k race in 17:22, beating US high school 2000 meter steeplechase record holder Maddie Meyers of Northwest School by six seconds, as Snohomish took the team title with 109 points.

Weitz' brother Nathan made it a sweep for the family, as the reigning Washington state 3A cross country champ took the boy's 5k race in 14:34, turning back the challenge of Wenatchee's Jacob Smith (14:42) and Nicholas Boersma (15:07).

Henry Jackson won the boys' team title by 8 points over Wenatchee 105-113, with Seattle Prep third at 132.

The link to the University of Washington recap of the meet is available here, along with links to the results of all the races at the Sundodger Invitational.

In Newcastle, England, Washington State alum Bernard Lagat took the men's mile at the Great North City Games street track meet between Team USA and Great Britain.

Lagat ran 4:06.01 to win over USA teammate Kyle Miller at 4:08.14, as Team USA won 7-3 over the Brits.

Results of the Great North City Games are available here.

NOTE: The University of Washington contributed to this report.

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