Saturday, October 28, 2017

Rough day for both SeattleU and Eastern Washington at conference championship meets...

It was a rough day for both Seattle University and Eastern Washington as the Redhawks and the Eagles ran in their respective conference championship meets Saturday.

In Las Cruces, New Mexico, Seattle University senior Matthew Seidel (above/photo courtesy Seattle University) ran to a seventh place finish at the Western Athletic Conference championship meet Saturday to lead the Redhawks to a fourth place finish.

Seidel ran 24:23 for the 8k course, as the Redhawks scored 119 points, as the University of Missouri/Kansas City upset Utah Valley, leveling them on points at 42, but winning the tiebreaker (1st runner vs 1st runner, down to 5th runner vs 5th runner. Team with most wins takes the tiebreaker, which was UMKC 3-2).

Bryce Miller of UMKC won the race in 23:47.

In the women’s 5k race, the Redhawks’ Olivia Stein led the way for SeattleU, racing to a ninth place finish in 17:23, as the team also ran to a fourth place finish with 106 points.

Host New Mexico State upset Utah Valley on a tiebreaker, with both schools scoring 47, and NMSU winning the tiebreaker 3-2.

UMKC’s Mia Jerman won the race in 16:56.

The Eagles finished eighth with 218 points, as Northern Arizona won with 51 points, led by Paige Gilchrist, who won in 17:13.

On the mens’ side, Colton Johnsen led the way with a 37th place finish on the 8k course, running 25:58.

Northern Arizona, the nation’s number one team, easily won with 24 points, led by Tyler Day’s 23:21.


Kaderabek ran 24:22 for 8k to finish 17th, as the Bulldog men’s squad finished fourth with 102 points.

Number 2 ranked BYU won the men’s title with 22 points, led by winner Connor McMillan’s 23:23, with number 3 ranked Portland second with 50 points. 

Spokane native Nick Hauger was the second runner for Portland, finishing seventh in 23:31.

Thurston, the last remaining member of the Bulldog team that won the WCC title two years ago in Spokane, ran 20;53 to finish 18th over the 6k course, as the Zags were sixth with 179 points.

Charlotte Taylor of #4 ranked San Francisco, led the way for the Dons, winning the race in 19:11, as USF easily won the team title with 23 points.

Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, and SeattleU will meet up at the NCAA West Regional championship meet on November 10th at Seattle’s Jefferson Park GC, hosted by the University of Washington.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, and SeattleU contributed to this report.

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