SEATTLE—Appropriately enough, it drizzled before the annual non-scoring meet kicking off the cross country season between Seattle University and the University of Washington Tuesday at Warren G. Magnuson Park after a summer filled with near record high temperatures.
Those few people who were at Magnuson Park got a small preview of what to expect from both Husky teams, which are ranked in the top 20 (men #18, women #17) by Flotrack.org in their pre-season polls.
In the women’s 3 mile race (2 laps), a trio of true freshmen went 1-2-3, holding hands together as they crossed the line, with Emily Hamlin (#13, above/photo by Paul Merca) from Boise declared the winner in 16:43, followed by junior Pan Am steeple champ Charlotte Prouse (#16) from London, Ontario, and Lindsey Bradley from West Richland, with all given the same time, and all competing unattached.
Behind the three frosh, sophomore Katie Knight was the first Husky across the line wearing a team uniform in 16:46, followed by Anna Maxwell competing unattached, then Eleanor Fulton & Kelly Lawson, and Maddie Meyers competing unattached in 16:47.
Senior Jenna Sanders was ninth in 16:50, and unattached runner Kaylee Flanagan rounded out the top ten in 16:53.
SeattleU’s top finisher was Lila Rice in 11th in a time of 16:57.
In the men’s 4.5 mile race (3 laps), Spokane native Andrew Gardner took command past the halfway mark, and took the win in 22:10.
Following Gardner was freshman Andrew Snyder from Kennewick competing unattached in 22:12, then it was SeattleU’s Gus Arroyo in third at 22:15 and Nathan McLaughlin fourth in 22:17.
The Huskies’ Colby Gilbert was fifth in 22:19, followed by unattached runner Fred Huxham, then Johnathan Stevens and Mahmoud Moussa of the Dawgs, and NCAA 1500m qualifier Izaic Yorks, running unattached, with all credited with a time of 22:19.
Baxter Arguinchona of the Redhawks was tenth in 22:20.
After the race, which for all intents and purpose was a glorified tempo run through the trails and bicycle paths of Magnuson Park for the Huskies, both UW squads ran a series of hill repeats up the park’s signature Kite Hill.
The Huskies will then head off to their annual pre-season training camp before their traditional season opener on September 19th at Lincoln Park where they host the annual Sundodger Invitational, with most of the state’s Division I & II schools expected to compete.
Complete results are available here: