University of Washington grad Jake Schmitt (left/2008 file photo by Paul Merca) earned a qualifying time for the 2016 US Olympic marathon trials with his seventh place finish at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota on October 6th.
Running in his debut, Schmitt, who currently lives in San Francisco, ran 2:15:09 as he was part of a group of ten athletes in the lead group. Shortly after the half marathon mark, a group of five broke away, with Schmitt part of a second group of three chasing the leaders.
Nick Arciniaga from Flagstaff, Arizona took the victory in 2:13:11, with Josphat Boit second three seconds behind, and former Oregon standout Shadrack Biwott third in 2:13.26.
The UW alum earned $3000 for his seventh place finish, which served as the USA national championship race at this distance.
Seattle's Uli Steidl finished second in the men's master's race in 2:25:01.
After a big weekend of racing across the country, the University of Washington women's cross country team moved back into the top five in the latest USTFCCCA national cross country poll.
The Huskies are currently ranked #4 after winning the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Saturday in Springfield, Oregon, after defeating previously ranked #5 Oregon on its home course.
Providence remains the #1 team in the nation, followed by Florida State, Arizona, Washington and Georgetown.
Pac-12 teams ranked in the top 30 include Oregon (#6), Stanford (#11), and Colorado (#12).
The men's national top five are Oklahoma State, Colorado, Northern Arizona, Oregon, and BYU.
Other Pac-12 teams in the top 30 include UCLA at #21, #29 Stanford, and #30 Arizona State, with the Huskies receiving a vote.
Washington next competes at the adidas Wisconsin Invitational on October 19th in Madison.