Sunday, October 11, 2015

WEEKEND RECAP: Alaska Anchorage the team to beat in GNAC after showing at WWU Invite...

Sarah Inglis of Trinity Western
won the women's 6k at the
WWU Invite Saturday
(Paul Merca photo)
If there is one certainty that came out of Saturday’s Western Washington Invitational meet at Lake Padden Park, it’s that the Alaska Anchorage cross country teams are the class of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The #5 ranked Seawolves won the men’s division of the WWU Invitational, scoring a low of 37 points, while the Alaska Anchorage women finished second to Langley’s (BC) Trinity Western University.

Over the 10k distance, the Seawolves put four runners across the line in the top seven, led by winner Henry Cheseto, who ran 31:00, five seconds up on Trinity Western’s Declan White.

Host Western Washington, which was ranked #10 in the latest USTFCCCA Division II men’s poll, finished sixth with 160 points, behind Windsor (72), Trinity Western (82), the University of Victoria (99), and GNAC rival Simon Fraser (109).

Central Washington was 11th with 306, and Saint Martin’s was last in the 14-team field with 427.

The Vikings were led by Andrew Wise, who finished 14th in 32:03.

Central’s top runner was Alex Martinez in 66th place in a time of 34:01, while Josh Hunt was 120th in 35:39.

In the women’s 6k race, Trinity Western’s Sarah Inglis, who won the invitational section of the Sundodger Invitational last month, won in a time of 20:47.

Western Washington, which was ranked #18 in the women’s USTFCCCA D2 poll, finished fourth in the 13-team field with 133 points, was led by Taylor Guenther, who was 23rd in 22:32,  Central Washington was eighth with 184 points, as All-American Dani Eggleston was 21st in 22:28.  Saint Martin’s was 12 with 301 points, led by Larissa Kolasinski in 28th in 22:48.

The Vikings will host the GNAC Championships on the same Lake Padden Park course on October 24th.

NOTE:  The sports information office of Western Washington University contributed to this report.

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