Monday, November 4, 2013

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Eastern alum Mattie Suver scores PR in New York, plus Washington NCAA D3 report...

There were other happenings over the weekend besides the Division I conference cross country races involving Washington runners:

At Sunday's ING New York City Marathon, Eastern Washington alum Mattie Suver (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished 18th in a personal best time of 2:41:18, and earned a qualifying time for the 2016 US Olympic marathon trials.

Suver, who now lives in Colorado, was the third American woman across the line.

Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo won the race in a time of 2:25:07.

At Saturday's Northwest Conference cross country championships for NCAA D3 schools in Spokane, Willamette University swept both the men's and women's team titles.

The Willamette women earned their first women's 6k title since 2008, scoring 37 points in the team scores, which led second place by 15 points. Michaela Freeby earned the individual champion crown, crossing the line in 21:43.

Whitworth's women's squad finished second with 52 points, led by Amanda Blankenship's fourth place finish in 22:20.

Whitman finished third in the women's team standings with 101, while the University of Puget Sound was fifth at 112, and Pacific Lutheran was seventh with 207 points.

The Willamette men defended their NWC title, winning the men's 8k race by 20 points. The Bearcats scored a team total of 49 points. Parker Bennett repeated as the individual champion, with a winning time of 24:31.

David Santillan's third place finish in 25:14 led UPS to a runner-up spot with 69 points.  Whitman was third with 82 points, while Whitworth was sixth at 135 points, and Pacific Lutheran was ninth with 224 points.

Roosevelt HS alum Lucy Cheadle won the UAA cross country championship meet in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The junior at Washington University in St. Louis ran 21:39 over the 6k course.

Mukilteo native Bryton Reim, who attends Cal Baptist, was the runaway winner at the PacWest Conference Championships, claiming the 8K race by more than 31 seconds in a winning time of 26:01. En route to winning his first conference championship, the win earned him Athlete of the Year and Newcomer of the Year as Cal Baptist won the team title in its first year of postseason eligibility in Division II.

That victory gave Reim, who attended Kamiak HS and Everett CC, the USTFCCCA Division II national athlete of the week.

NOTE:  The Northwest Conference, Whitworth University, New York Road Runners, and the USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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