Friday, September 29, 2017

Husky squads get identical fourth place finishes at Bill Dellinger Invitational...

SPRINGFIELD, Oregon—The University of Washington men’s and women’s cross country teams ran to identical fourth place team finishes at Friday’s Bill Dellinger Invitational on a rainy morning at the Springfield Golf Course.

In the opening men’s 8k race, Washington’s Colby Gilbert (left/photo by Paul Merca), who sat out the Sundodger meet in Seattle two weeks ago, threaded his way through the pack to finish fifth in a time of 23:48, five seconds behind winner Clayton Young of BYU, as the Cougars had three other runners in front of Gilbert.

Behind Gilbert were freshman Talon Hull in 13th (23:55), Mahmoud Moussa in 15th (24:00), Andrew Gardner in 27th (24:10), and Sundodger winner Johnathan Stevens in 33rd (24:18), to give the Dawgs an adjusted score of 85 points.

One place behind Washington were the Bulldogs of Gonzaga, who were led by All-American Troy Fraley’s 18th place finish in 24:04.

The Zags’ other scorers were Jake Perrin in 31st (24:14), Max Kaderabek in 39th (24:21), Peter Hogan in 42nd (24:25), and Bennett Gagnon in 44th (24:26) to give Gonzaga an adjusted team score of 147 points.

BYU had a dominating performance, placing seven runners in the top 10 to score 17 points, followed by Stanford’s 73, and Oregon’s 75.

In the women’s 6k race, Pac-12 champ Amy-Eloise Neale led the way for the Huskies with her 6th place finish in 19:16, as Oregon’s Katie Rainsberger won in dominating fashion, running an announced course record of 18:48.

Behind Neale for the Dawgs were Izzi Batt-Doyle in 14th (19:33), Emily Hamlin in 20th (19:44), Kaitlyn Neal in 27th (19:54), and Nikki Zielinski in 28th (19:57), as the Huskies scored an adjusted total of 95 points.

Gonzaga finished tenth in the ten-team field, led by Jordan Thurston’s 39th place finish in 20:11, as they scored 299 points.

Oregon had two other runners finish behind Rainsberger, as the host team won with a low score of 33 points, followed by Stanford with 66 and BYU with 78 points.

NOTE: The University of Oregon contributed to this report.

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