Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Washington women ranked #15 in latest USTFCCCA coaches poll, while men drop out of top 30...

Washington cross country All-American Maddie Meyers
was second at the Sundodger Invitational on September 19th
(Paul Merca photo)
NEW ORLEANS—The Washington Husky women’s cross country team, who were idle last weekend, dropped one spot to number 15 in the latest USTFCCCA national coaches poll, released by the organization Tuesday.

New Mexico remains the country’s #1 women’s team, followed by Colorado, Providence, Stanford, and Oregon.

The only other Pac-12 teams ranked in the Division I top 30 is Cal at 30.

On the men’s side, the Huskies dropped out of the national top 30 from the previous poll, where they were ranked #28 after losing the Sundodger Invitational for the second year in a row to Washington State.

The country’s top five men’s teams are Colorado, Stanford, Syracuse, Wisconsin, and Oregon.

Other Pac-12 schools ranked include #11 UCLA, #18 Arizona State, and #25 Cal.

The Huskies host the Washington Invitational Friday at Jefferson Park Golf Course on Beacon Hill, with the men’s race featuring #5 Oregon, #11 UCLA, #12 BYU, and a revamped University of Portland team that was third at the NCAA meet last year

Portland could have Gig Harbor HS frosh Conner Peloquin, the surprise winner of the Sundodger open meet available, though coach Rob Conner indicated at the Sundodger meet that he planned to redshirt Peloquin this season.

On the women’s side, the two nationally ranked teams confirmed to face the #15 Huskies for the Washington Invitational are #5 Oregon and #23 BYU.

All five Washington Division I schools will be in attendance at the Washington Invitational, which starts at 3:15 with the women’s 6k and 4pm for the men’s 8k.


NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Wildcat women finish 14th at Stanford; Vikings sweep SMU Open...

At Saturday’s Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, the Central Washington women’s squad finished 14th in the 30-team women’s collegiate race comprised of Division I and II schools at the Stanford Golf Course.

The Wildcats were led by their All-American Dani Eggleston, who bounced back from a sub par performance at last week’s Sundodger Invitational in Seattle and finished 35th in 21:48, as Erin Teschuk of North Dakota won in 20:07.

Megan Rogers (58, 22:16), Erin Chinchar (71, 22:33), Alexa Shindruk (140, 23:34), and Jayna Inderbitzin (149, 23:41) rounded out the Wildcat scorers.

Stanford won the women’s team title with 44, followed by Cal Poly/SLO (66), and UC Davis (187).

On the men’s side, the Wildcats finished 25th with 748 points, with Jonathan Lafferty in 144th leading the way, covering the 8k course in 25:58.

Sean McGorty of the host Cardinal won in 23:07, and led the team to victory with 63 points, with Chico State second at 68, and Cal Poly/SLO third at 100 points.


In Lacey, the Western Washington men’s and women’s squads swept the team titles at the SMU Open meet Saturday with the #18 ranked men scoring a perfect 15, while the women scored 16 points to easily outdistance the host school.

The men’s 8k was won by the Vikings’ Isaac Derline, who ran 25:43, and led a procession of nine other runners in the blue and white of Western Washington.

Jasper Heckman was SMU’s top finisher in 15th in 27:01, while Hanson Lee of Central Washington was the Wildcats’ top finisher in 20th in 27:35.  Central’s teams consisted of athletes who did not make the travel squad to Palo Alto for the Stanford Invite.

The women’s 5k was won by Brittany Grant of Western Washington in 17:49. as the Vikings had the first four placers, and 10 of the top13.

Larissa Kolasinski was SMU’s top finisher in fifth in 18:41, while Kaitlyn McKinney was Central’s top runner in 16th at 20:26.


NOTE:  The sports information offices of Western Washington, Central Washington, and Saint Martin’s contributed to this report.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Quiet weekend for Washington's nine D1 and D2 schools, with only Central Washington and St. Martin's in action...

This weekend is a quiet weekend for Washington’s nine Division I and II schools, with all five Division I schools taking the weekend off, and only Central Washington and Saint Martin’s in action.

Central Washington hopes to bounce back from last weekend at the Sundodger in Seattle, where the women’s team, which was nationally ranked going into the meet, finished seventh in the open section, behind Western Washington (1st) and Seattle Pacific (4th). That race took the Wildcats out of the national D2 top 25, and boosted the Vikings and Falcons to a top 25-ranking, with Western shooting up to #10.

NCAA All-American Dani Eggleston (above/photo courtesy CWU Athletics) finished 19th at Sundodger in 22:08, after finishing fifth in last year’s race in 21:58.


Meanwhile, Saint Martin’s will stay at home and host the SMU Open meet Saturday against primarily D3, community college and club teams on their campus course in Lacey.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Huskies stay ranked in USTFCCCA top 30; major shuffling in D2 poll puts Vikings and Falcons in...

NEW ORLEANS—The USTFCCCA released its NCAA Division I and II cross country polls on Tuesday and Wednesday, and while there wasn’t much movement in the Division I ranks, the decks were shuffled significantly in the women’s Division II poll.

DIVISION I

The Washington women’s team (Eleanor Fulton, Lindsey Bradley, Kaylee Flanagan & Charlotte Prouse/photo by Paul Merca) remained at #14 in the national women’s poll after winning the Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park last Saturday.

Voters kept New Mexico #1, followed by Iowa State, Colorado, Georgetown, and Stanford in the national women’s top five.

Other Pac-12 schools in the national top 30 include Oregon (7), and Cal (30).

On the men’s side, the Huskies took a hit after losing the Sundodger for the second consecutive year to Washington State, dropping to #28 from #21, but it was not enough to take them out of the top 30. Conversely, the Cougars’ win over Washington was not enough to garner any votes.

Colorado and Stanford remain 1-2 in the national poll, followed by Syracuse, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma State.

Other Pac-12 school in the national top 30 include Oregon (6), UCLA (12), Arizona State (21), and Cal (29).

DIVISION II

There was a lot of shuffling in the women’s national rankings, particularly among schools from the state of Washington, as both Western Washington (10) and Seattle Pacific (18) leaped into the national top 25 after being unranked.

The Vikings made their first top-10 appearance since 2010 by winning the open section of the Sundodger Invitational, by defeating among other schools, #11 Cal Baptist, #18 Seattle Pacific, and former #10 Simon Fraser.

The Sundodger results were costly in the eyes of the voters to both GNAC members Simon Fraser and Central Washington, as both squads are no longer ranked in the national top 25 after sub-par performances at Lincoln Park.

Hillsdale (Michigan) remains the nation’s #1 team.

On the men’s side, Western Washington moved up one spot to #18 in the national top 25.  Simon Fraser’s second place finish in the open section of the Sundodger moved them up to #14 from #21.

Adams State (Colorado) is the country’s #1 men’s team.


NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Both Gonzaga squads take second in WCC Preview/Erik Anderson Invitational...

SPOKANE—The Gonzaga women's and men's cross country teams both finished second at the West Coast Conference Preview/Erik Anderson Invitational Saturday at Plantes Ferry Park.

The Zags took advantage of the short trip to Plantes Ferry Park with strong showings.  Troy Fraley and Maggie Jones led the charge for the Bulldogs, with Jones finishing second in 21:26 over the 6k course.

Sophomore Jordan Thurston was the Zags’ second runner across in 21:27 to take third, while Jessica Mildes was eighth in 21:40.

The Eastern Washington women, which were missing a number of key athletes, finished third, led by Katie Mahoney’s 14th place finish in 22:04.

BYU won the women’s team title, scoring a low of 43 points, with Gonzaga second with 44, Portland 49, Idaho 100, Pacific 140 and Eastern Washington 156.

Alice Jensen of BYU took the individual title in a time of 21:19.

In the men’s 8k race, Dallin Farnsworth of BYU led six Cougars in the top ten, winning in a time of 24:20.

Gonzaga’s top runner was Troy Fraley in third in 24:25, with Matthew Crichlow finishing eighth in 24:38.  Gonzaga’s Casey Adams, competing unattached was 10th in 24:55, while former Washington Husky Sumner Goodwin was 14th in 25:11, as he competed unattached while sitting out a year before he becomes eligible to run for Gonzaga.

Stephen Bottoms was Eastern Washington’s top finisher in 21st in 25:35.

BYU easily won the team title with a near perfect score of 18, with Gonzaga second with 43, and Eastern Washington third with 86.

This meet was a preview of next month’s WCC championship meet, which will be hosted by Gonzaga.


NOTE:  Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University contributed to this report.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Yorks wins Sundodger, but Cougs take Sundodger team title again; UW grabs women's title...

SEATTLE—Izaic Yorks (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the University of Washington used his sub-4 minute mile speed in the final lap to emerge victorious in the men’s invitational section of the Sundodger Invitational Saturday, but it was the Cougars of Washington State that successfully defended their team title, upsetting the #21 Huskies on the 8k course

The race began with the Huskies’ Yorks and Fred Huxham in front with a group of runners close behind, including Tulane’s Kenyan standout Moses Aloiloi.  

In the second lap, Aloiloi was joined by his teammate Emmanuel Rotich, with former Cougars Drew Polley and Andrew Kimpel in the front.

The group of front runners stayed the same, though the Cougars had a group of four runners in the front group, giving their fans hope that they could repeat and pick off the Huskies on their home turf.

Entering the last lap, the two Tulane runners began fading, as the group of Cougs, led by eventual runner-up Michael Williams began moving towards the front.

Yorks pulled away to win in 24:06, with Williams of WSU second in 24:09.  

Huxham took third in 24:11. then came a group of four Cougars—John Whelan (24:15), Nathan Wadhwani (24:22), Sam Levora (24:27), and Chandler Teigen (24:29), in 4-5-7-and-8, with only Cougar alum Kimpel splitting the group of four.

The Huskies’ Johnathan Stevens (24:30) and Andrew Gardner (24:34) rounded out the top ten,  with All-American Tyler King the fifth scorer in 14th place (24:45).

Clay Weaver was Seattle University’s top finisher in 20th in 25:13.

The Cougs took the team title with 24 points, ten lower than the Huskies.  SeattleU was third with 113, followed by Tulane with 128.

WSU head coach Wayne Phipps was pleased with the team’s effort, noting that they had a heavy training load, and that they executed the race plan, which was to run controlled for the first three loops, and to race on the final lap.

In the women’s invitational 6k, Sarah Inglis of Trinity Western took command halfway through and coasted to an easy 9-second win, clocking 20:23 to beat Washington All-American Maddie Meyers, who ran 20:32.

Behind Meyers were three young Dawgs—freshman Charlotte Prouse (20:35), soph Anna Maxwell (20:48), and frosh Lindsey Bradley (20:49).

Regan Yee (20:49) and Lisa Brooking (20:54) of Trinity Western were 6-7, followed by CharLee Linton of Washington State (20:56). Former WSU volunteer coach Emma Kertesz of Club Northwest was ninth in 21:03, and Mackenzie Landa of Fresno State rounded out the top ten in 21:06.

SeattleU was led by Lila Rice, who finished 28th in 22:01.

The #14 Huskies easily took the Sundodger team title with 17 points, with WSU a distant second with 88 points. Nevada was third with 93 points, followed by Portland State at 130. SeattleU was sixth with 156 points.

In the first race of the day, Seattle Pacific’s Anna Patti stayed patient through the first two laps, and then opened up a lead to take the victory in the open women’s 6k, featuring all of the state’s GNAC schools.

Patti let early leaders Mirelle Martens of Trinity Western and Rebecca Bassett of Simon Fraser do the early pacesetting before taking command on the last loop, winning in 21:12.

“I knew it was hard to predict with this race if there are going to be some good individuals or good teams that come," said Patti. “I wasn't set on first place because I just didn't know. But I'm glad to have gone out and done so well."

Taylor Guenther of Western Washington’s fifth place finish (21:35) helped propel the Vikings to the team title, scoring 103 points.  Cal Baptist was second with 111, followed by Club Northwest with 172 and Seattle Pacific with 175.

Central Washington, who was ranked #22 in the first USTFCCCA Division II national poll, finished a disappointing seventh (210), as All-American Dani Eggleston was 19th (22:08).

In the open men’s 8k, University of Portland freshman Tristan Peloquin, competing unattached, was a surprise winner, as the Gig Harbor HS grad ran 24:12 to beat Simon Fraser’s Oliver Jorgensen by 1 second.

Canada’s Trinity Western took the team title with 45 points, to easily outdistance Simon Fraser’s 91.

Western Washington was third with 103, followed by Division I Fresno State with 110, and Cal Baptist with 126.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Huskies set to host Sundodger Invitational; Zags and Eagles to race at Erik Anderson Invite...

The bulk of Washington’s Division I and II schools will converge upon Seattle’s Lincoln Park Saturday morning for the annual Sundodger Invitational cross country race hosted by the University of Washington.

Action gets underway at 9 am with the women’s 6k open race featuring all four Division II schools—Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, Saint Martin’s, and nationally ranked Central Washington, (#22) featuring NCAA D2 steeplechase All American Dani Eggleston.  They’ll go up against defending Sundodger open champs University of British Columbia

The men’s 8k starts at 9:40 with all four Washington D2 schools, led by Western Washington, ranked #19 in the first USTFCCCA national poll, expected to challenge defending champs University of British Columbla over 8k.

After the girls’ high school varsity 5k race at 10:25 am, the women’s 6k invitational race gets going at 11am, with the #14 ranked Huskies going against cross state rival Washington State, Tulane, Oregon State, Fresno State, Nevada, Portland State and SeattleU.

NCAA cross country All-American Maddie Meyers (above/photo by Paul Merca) is expected to lead the charge for the Dawgs, along with NCAA competitors Kaylee Flanagan, Anna Maxwell, and Eleanor Fulton. Add to the mix for the Dawgs are freshman Pan Am Jr steeple champ Charlotte Prouse, and graduate student Sydney Harris from Villanova.

The men’s invitational 8k starts at 11:35, where the # 21 ranked Huskies look to regain the Sundodger title it surprisingly lost to Washington State, when the Cougs packed all five scorers in the top seven, despite a win by senior Aaron Nelson.

Nelson has graduated, but Washington will be led by All-American Tyler King, who was 12th in this meet last year.  Last year’s Sundodger was a wakeup call for the Huskies, who ended up qualifying for the NCAA championships, while the Cougs faltered down the stretch.

One athlete that could make things interesting up front is Tulane’s Moses Aloiloi, as the Kenyan, who won the Jaguar Opener, is expected to mix it up with the top runners from the Huskies, Cougars, SeattleU, Portland State, and Club Northwest.

The high school varsity boys’ 5k race follows at 12:20 pm, followed by junior varsity girls’ and boys’ races to conclude the day.

Across the state, Gonzaga and Eastern Washington will compete at the Erik Anderson Invitational at Plantes Ferry Sports Complex in Spokane Valley, with several West Coast Conference schools, including Portland and BYU.  This meet serves as a preview for next month’s WCC championship meet which Gonzaga will host. Eastern Washington was originally scheduled to run at Sundodger, but opted to stay close to home.

The men's 8k starts at 9 am, with the women's 6k starting 45 minutes later.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Both Husky harrier squads ranked in first USTFCCCA national poll...

NEW ORLEANS—The University of Washington men’s and women’s cross country teams are both ranked in the national top 30 in the first United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll released Tuesday by the organization.

In the women’s poll, the Huskies (left/photo from UW/SU Open by Paul Merca) are ranked #14, while in the men’s poll, the Dawgs are ranked #21.

The national women’s top ten, in order are:  New Mexico, Iowa State, Colorado, Michigan State, Georgetown, Stanford, Oregon, Providence, Arkansas & Wisconsin.

Cal at #30 is the only other Pac-12 school ranked in the national poll.

The men’s national top ten, in order, are: Colorado, Stanford, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Villanova, Oregon, Iona, Virginia, and Indiana.

Other Pac-12 schools in the national top 30 include UCLA at 13, Arizona State at 23, and Cal and 29.

Washington returns from its pre-season training camp at Seabrook on the Washington coast to compete in the Sundodger Invitational Saturday at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.


JESHUA ANDERSON RETURNS TO THE NORTHWEST

On his Instagram account, Washington State alum Jeshua Anderson (above, with Mark Macdonald/photo by Paul Merca) posted a video of himself going on a five mile run, stating, “Long Road to #Rio but I'm excited for the journey and the hard work I'll put in to get there! #RoadToRio #GoCougs #5milerun @markmacdonald247

With that, Anderson is officially back training in the Pacific Northwest, and that he is reuniting with former Washington State hurdles coach Mark Macdonald, who was a key component in Anderson winning three NCAA 400 hurdles titles, along with the 2011 USA national crown. Anderson confirmed that in a message to paulmerca.blogspot.com

According to Anderson, he will be splitting his time between Seattle and Tacoma as he prepares for the 2016 US Olympic Trials.

For the last several years, Anderson has trained in the Phoenix area at ALTIS, formerly the World Athletics Center.

Macdonald is currently out of coaching at the collegiate level, after a short stint at Oregon State following his time at WSU.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Katie Mackey wins 1500m at DecaNations meet in Paris...

The weekend roundup begins in Paris, where University of Washington alum Katie Mackey (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts won the 1500m run at the DecaNations meeting Sunday at Stade Charlety.

Mackey ran 4:17.72 to take the victory for Team USA over Russia’s Anna Shchagina (4:18.17) and China’s Zheng Xiaoqian (4:18.60) in the team based format which pits one event specialist from each of the seven countries invited by the French federation—USA, China, Japan, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, plus the host nation—in each event.

Her victory, which was one of ten, helped propel the USA to the overall team title for the eighth consecutive time, as Team USA scored 131.5 points to Russia’s 120.5, and France’s 86 points.

Former Bellingham resident Donn Cabral won the men’s steeple in 8:25.67.


In New York, Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts finished eighth in the pro section of the New York Road Runners 5th Avenue Mile Sunday, running 3:58, as Nick Willis of New Zealand won in 3:55.

WSU alum Bernard Lagat was 12th in 4:00, while Riley Masters of the Brooks Beasts was 14th in 4:01.

Results of the NYRR 5th Avenue Mile are available here.

Finally, former Washington State standout Ebba Jungmark, who has had a difficult 2015 season, finished second in the high jump at the annual Sweden/Finland dual meet in Stockholm.

Jungmark, who won an NCAA indoor high jump title in the 2008 season for the Cougs, cleared 6-1.25 (1.86m) to finish second to Swedish teammate Sofie Skoog, who cleared 6-2.25 (1.89m).

Results from the Finnkampen 2015 meeting are available here.

NOTE:  The New York Road Runners and the French Athletics Federation contributed to this report.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

NCAA D2 steeple All American Dani Eggleston leads Wildcat women to CWU Invitational team title...

YAKIMA—Central Washington’s Dani Eggleston (above/photo courtesy Central Washington University) won the women’s title at the CWU Apple Ridge Run Saturday, and led the Wildcats to the team title 22-34 over GNAC rival Western Washington.

Eggleston, who was an NCAA D2 All-American in the steeplechase for the Wildcats last spring, cruised through the 4k course in 15:00, two seconds ahead of teammate Erin Chinchar.

Western Washington freshman Tracy Melville was third in 15:08, followed by Central’s Megan Rogers (15:12).  The Vikings’ Brittany Grant (15:44) and Taylor Guenther (15:45) went 5-6 followed by Central’s Stephanie Rexus (15:47) and Elena Gomez (15:51).

Rounding out the scoring for Western were Lillianna Stelling in ninth (15:53) and Alexandra Laiblin (16:00) in eleventh.

In the men’s 6k, Brad Hodkinson of Pacific Lutheran won the individual title in 19:41, followed by unattached runner Michael Chinchar (20:06).

Western Washington put five runners in the top ten, led by freshman Nick Mounier, who was third in 20:24.  Central’s top runner was freshman Jonathan Lafferty in ninth (20:57).

The Vikings won the men’s team title with 22 points, followed by the Wildcats with 49 points.

Both Central and Western Washington will compete in the open section of the Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park in Seattle on September 19th.



NOTE:  The sports information offices of Central Washington University and Western Washington University contributed to this report.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Zags finish second to Oregon at Bill Dellinger Invitational...

EUGENE—The Gonzaga men’s and women’s teams both placed second behind host Oregon at the annual Bill Dellinger Invitational meet held on Pre’s Trails at Alton Baker Park late Friday afternoon.

On a very warm day in Eugene, the Zag women had four runners in the top ten, led by 2014 NCAA track qualifier Shelby Mills (above,far left/photo courtesy University of Oregon), who was third over the 6k course in 20:31.

Amelia Evans was fourth in 20:31, followed by Jordan Thurston in sixth (20:55), and Julie Henling in ninth (21:22).  Olivia Evans was the Bulldogs’ fifth runner in 14th at 22:16.

Oregon won the women’s team title with 23 points, followed by Gonzaga with 35 and Portland Sate with 78.

"It was a very dusty race," GU women's cross country Head Coach Patty Ley said. "There was lots of dirt on the legs, the face and in the teeth. But, it was really fun to watch the women run a strong controlled race. It was an awesome sight to see two Ducks and two Zags kicking down the last 100 meters. Amelia and Shelby shared the load and kept each other in the lead pack. Both felt they had never fully extended themselves and just got beat over the last few meters.

Alli Cash of Oregon won the individual title, running 20:28, followed by teammate Waverly Neer, who ran 20:30.

The men’s race was dominated by the Ducks, who scored a perfect 15 over the 8k course, led by reigning NCAA champ Edward Cheserek, who ran 24:27.

Matthew Crichlow was the first Zag across the line in sixth in 24:25, followed by teammate Troy Fraley in seventh in 24:49.

Freshman Scott Kopczynski was tenth in 25:24, followed by Kyle Branch in 12th (25:30), and Andy Thomas in 13th (25:39).

Gonzaga scored 46, with Portland State third with 85 points.

"The Zag men ran very tough," Director of Gonzaga Cross Country Pat Tyson said. "The temperatures were in the 90's. There were gnats hatching and flying along Pre's trails by the millions. There was also bark dust fouling the air. But, the Zag harriers mixed it up with sixth-ranked Oregon! As I said after the WSU meet, this is a very good Gonzaga team. We are going to continue to get better. We shadowed a great Oregon team and I am proud of the Men of Gonzaga!"

Gonzaga hosts the Erik Anderson Invitational at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Valley next Saturday, which will also serve as the preview meet for the West Coast Conference championship which the Zags will host on October 31st.


NOTE:  The sports information offices of Gonzaga University and the University of Oregon contributed to this report.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Zags at Dellinger, CWU Invite, and pro circuit winding down...

Cross country action resumes late Friday afternoon as the Gonzaga Bulldogs travel to Eugene to compete in the Bill Dellinger Invitational at Pre’s Trails at Alton Baker Park.

The Zags are coming off a solid showing on September 1st at the Clash of the Inland Empire meet in Colfax, where they placed five men in the top ten, while Julie Henling led the women’s squad with her fifth place finish.

In addition to host Oregon, Portland, and Portland State are entered in the Dellinger Invitational, with the women running 6k and the men 8k.  Defending NCAA champion Edward Cheserek of the Ducks is expected to run.

The Bulldogs are the only Washington D1 school competing this weekend, as Washington, SeattleU, Eastern Washington and Washington State will all race at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle next weekend at Lincoln Park.


Central Washington hosts the CWU Invitational Saturday at the Apple Ridge Run Cross Country Facility with the women's 4k at 11am, and the men's 6k 40 minutes later.  Western Washington will have a group of athletes running in the meet as well, as fellow GNAC schools Seattle Pacific and Saint Martin’s will take the weekend off after competing last week.

Speaking of Seattle Pacific, the Falcons’ Anna Patti (above/photo courtesy GNAC) was named the GNAC runner of the week for last week’s performances at the Alaska Invitational, in which the senior from Renton won the 6k race last Thursday in 22:12, then came back two days later to win the 5k race in 18:35.


On the track, the international season slowly begins to wind down. as Katie Mackey of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts will compete for Team USA at Sunday’s DecaNations meet in Paris, France.


On Wednesday September 9th, Heath finished second to David Torrence in the HokaOneOne Long Island Mile at St. Anthony’s HS in Huntington, New York, running 3:54.51, to Torrence’s 3:53.91.  Riley Masters of the Beasts was fifth in 3:59.64.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of Gonzaga and Central Washington, along with the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and the New York Road Runners contributed to this report. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

WEEKEND RECAP: Lagat takes third in ISTAF 5000m race in Berlin, plus NCAA D2 harrier action...

BERLIN, Germany—Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished third in the men’s 5000 meter run at the ISTAF Berlin World Challenges Meeting Sunday at the Olympiastadion.

The 40-year old Lagat, who for the past several years, has maintained his summer training base in Tubigen, Germany, ran 13:17.58, as Kenya’s Paul Koech won in 13:08.86.  Minnesota alum Hassan Mead of the Oregon TC Elite finished second in 13:10.38.

Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Crawford was seventh in the 100 meter hurdles, running 13.42, as Dawn Harper Nelson won in 12.82.


In Fairbanks, Alaska on Saturday, Anna Patti of Seattle Pacific repeated her victory two days earlier by winning the Alaska Invitational Short Course race at the West Ridge Ski Trails.

Patti ran 18:35 over the 5k course, 27 seconds ahead of runner-up and Falcon teammate Sarah Macdonald. 

Also scoring for the Falcons were Jessica Rawlins in fourth (19:18), Hannah Calvert in fifth (19:35), and Mary Charleston in sixth (19:37).

The Falcons won with a low score of 18 over Alaska-Fairbanks (46) and Montana State-Billings (69).

In the men’s competition, Ben Halladay was the Falcons’ top runner in seventh, crossing the line in 16:28, as Robert Peterson of Montana State-Billings won in 15:45 over 5k.

The Falcons finished third wit 73 points, with Alaska-Fairbanks winning the team title with 26, and Montana State-Billings second at 35.


In Tacoma, Larissa Kolasinski of Saint Martin’s won the women’s 6k race to lead the Saints to the team title at the University of Puget Sound invitational meet at Fort Steilacoom State Park.

The freshman ran 23:10 to beat UPS senior Taili Ni by eight seconds.

The Saints won the team title with 37, defeating Pacific Lutheran by 8 points, with host Puget Sound third with 49 points.

Tyler Shipley of Puget Sound won the men’s 8k race, running 26:09 to beat teammate Germ Lizier-Zmudzinski by two seconds to lead the Loggers to the team title.

UPS scored 33 points to outdistance PLU (51) and Saint Martin’s (57).


Seattle Pacific, Saint Martin’s, and Pacific Lutheran will all compete at the Sundodger Invitational on September 19th hosted by the University of Washington at Lincoln Park.

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

Friday, September 4, 2015

Kara Winger finishes ninth in Zurich Diamond League finals...

ZURICH, Switzerland—Vancouver native Kara Winger (left/photo by Paul Merca), finished ninth in the javelin at the Zurich Weltklasse Diamond League finals meeting Thursday night at Letzigrund Stadium.

Winger, who finished eighth in the world championships in Beijing on Sunday, only threw a best of 188-11 (57.58m), as Olympic champion Barbora Špotáková of the Czech Republic , who Winger bumped out of the finals in Beijing, won with a throw of 211-0 (64.31m).

Špotáková won the season long Diamond Race in the javelin, scoring 19 points over the course of the 14-city IAAF Diamond League tour that began in May in Doha.  Winger finished the season in a tie for seventh with world champion Katharina Molitor of Germany with 2 Diamond Race points.


In Fairbanks, Alaska, Seattle Pacific’s Anna Patti won the 6-kilometer race at the season-opening Alaska Invitational, running 22:12 to help lead the Falcons to the team title in the triangular meet involving Montana State/Billings and host Alaska-Fairbanks at the West Ridge Ski Trails.

SPU had a team low score of 21 points, while Alaska Fairbanks was second with 43 points, and Montana State Billings wound up with 65. The top four Falcons finished ahead of everyone from MSUB and all but one runner from Fairbanks.

This was the third straight year the Falcons won the Alaska Invite long-course title.

Following Patti was Sarah Macdonald in second (23:12), followed by Hannah Calvert (23:52) in fourth, Jessica Rawlins (24:04) in fifth, and Lynelle Decker (24:40) in ninth.

The Falcon men finished third in the long-course meet, scoring 80 points.  Montana State Billings, led by individual winner Robert Peterson (26:19 for 8k) edged Alaska Fairbanks for first, 24-32 over the 8k course.

Sophomore Ben Halladay placed 14th overall, his first time at the front of the Seattle Pacific pack, clocking 28:02 for 8k.

The Falcons return to action Saturday for the short course race at the Alaska Invitational against the same two teams, with both men and women racing 5k.  SPU has won the last two women’s short-course titles.


NOTE:  The sports information office at Seattle Pacific contributed to this report.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Linton leads Cougs in season-opening Clash of the Inland Northwest...

COLFAX—Washington State’s CharLee Linton (#10, above/photo courtesy WSU Athletics) finished third in the women’s race, while Gonzaga’s Troy Fraley was second in the season-opening Clash of the Inland Northwest cross country meet at the Colfax Golf Club, involving Gonzaga and Eastern Washington, along with Idaho, Whitworth and Lewis-Clark State.

This meet, traditionally held in Spokane, was moved to Colfax, in order to give host Washington State an opportunity to test out the Colfax Golf Course, which will host the Pac-12 cross country championships at the end of October.

Idaho’s Kinsey Gomez won the women’s 4k race in 13:41, with Sierra Speiker of Idaho, competing unattached second in 13:46, followed by the Cougars’ Linton (13:49) and Devon Bortfeld (13:57).  Gonzaga’s Julie Henling was fifth in 13:59.

On the men’s side, Sam Adkin of Lewis-Clark State won the 6k race in 17:36, followed by Gonzaga’s Troy Fraley (17:43), then WSU’s John Whelan in 17:48.  Forrest Shaffer, competing unattached, was fourth in 18:01, followed by Gonzaga’s Matthew Critchlow in 18:01.

Eastern Washington’s top finishers were Catie Arrigoni (14:10) in eighth in the women’s race, and Isaac Kitzan (18:53) in 26th in the men’s race.

”This was a little bit of a rust buster (competition) to see where we’re at this time of year and not get too aggressive,” WSU Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Wayne Phipps said. “Last year we had some great early season success but I think we got a little too aggressive a little too early. We’re a little more conservative this time and we executed pretty well. I thought the course was awesome. A ton of work has gone into this and the Colfax Golf Club guys have been fantastic along with Ben Clarke and the WSU facilities guys.”

"We had five guys in the top 10 in an early season 6K tempo workout," Director of Gonzaga Cross Country and Track Pat Tyson said. "I'm pleased with the Men of Gonzaga. Troy ran tough up front and Matt Crichlow led a wave of Blue and White Zag jerseys. It all followed a hard week of training in challenging conditions caused by the horrific fires. This is a good team that beat a very good young Washington State team!"

"Great to get a meet in today," GU women's Head Coach Patty Ley said. "We are platooning our top ladies a bit, and with some having classes today, we left a number at home. That gave some ladies a chance to step up and compete.”

Complete results of the Clash of the Inland Northwest are available below.


NOTE:  The sports information offices of Gonzaga University and Washington State University contributed to this report.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Emily Hamlin and Andrew Gardner win annual UW/SeattleU non-scoring meet...

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:

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