Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saint Martin's Joe Berger wins SMU Invitational...

LACEY, Washington--Saint Martin's Joe Berger (left/photo courtesy Saint Martin's University) took the victory in the Saint Martin's Invitational cross country race on the SMU campus, covering the 8k course in a time of 26:31.

Berger's win helped lead the Saints to a second place team finish with 54 points, finishing behind Alaska-Fairbanks, who scored 22 points.

Seattle Pacific's Adam Avischious was the first Falcon across the line in fifth in 27:07.

The Falcons finished third with a score of 80 points.

Seattle Pacific freshman Hannah Calvert led four Falcons in the top ten across the line as they took the team title at the Saint Martin's Invitational on the campus of Saint Martin's University.

Calvert finished fourth overall, and fellow frosh Claire Rachwitz led a group of three SPU runners across the line in eighth, ninth and 10th, factoring into the winning total of 27 points in the meet on the Saint Martin's campus. That was enough to edge Alaska Fairbanks by three points. The host Saints had 69.

In Saturday's 6-kilometer race at Saint Martin's on a course made muddy and sloppy by a torrential downpour, Calvert finished in 23 minutes, 51 seconds. She was the first collegiate runner across the line, as Heather Spinney of the Spirit of Oregon won in 23:08.

Both Saint Martin's and Seattle Pacific return to action next week at the Charles Bowles Invitational hosted by Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of Saint Martin's University and Seattle Pacific University contributed to this report.

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