LACEY, Wash. -- The Western Washington University men's and women's cross country teams opened the 2017 season with team wins at the Saint Martin's University Triangular Meet featuring WWU, Central Washington and Saint Martin's on Saturday.
The meet was hosted on the Saint Martin's University campus after the scheduled season-opening Apple Ridge Invitational in Yakima, Wash., was cancelled due to air quality concerns.
The women's squad placed eight runners in the top 10 in the 4k race, led by senior Lillianna Stelling (Langley, WA/South Whidbey), who placed 2nd in a time of 14:56.0. Senior Alexandra Laiblin (Oak Harbor, WA) and freshman Jane Barr (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt) both finished in 14:57.0, one second back of Stelling.
The Vikings top five runners combined to score 20 points, dominating the triangular meet 26 points ahead of second-place Central Washington. CWU junior Alexa Shindruk won the women's race in a time of 14:40.0.
The men's top five finishers combined for 23 points, an 11-point edge over second-place Central Washington. Senior Andrew Wise (Denver, CO/East) was WWU's top finisher among attached runners, placing 3rd on the 6k course in 19:53.0. Junior Dylan Hayes (Seattle, WA/Garfield) was 5th in 20:03.0 and redshirt freshman Eric Hamel (Enumclaw, WA) was 6th in 20:06.0.
Senior Sean Eustis (Washougal, WA) finished 12th (20:18.0) and redshirt sophomore James Jasperson (Lacey, WA/North Thurston/Everett CC) placed 14th with a time of 20:23.0 to complete the scoring for WWU.
"It went well, we tempoed with our top athletes but it went well," head coach Pee Wee Halsell said. "I was very pleased with what we saw."
The Vikings return to action next Saturday (Sept. 16) competing at the Sundodger Invitational hosted by the University of Washington at West Seattle's Lincoln Park.
"Next week, it's building up again and seeing what we can do," Halsell said. "It's going to be pretty good competition as far as numbers go at the meet next week so it'll give us a test...it'll be good to see how we stack up against the schools in our region, in the area."
Following next weekend's meet in West Seattle, the Vikings will compete for a third consecutive weeked at two locations on Sept. 23. WWU will return to Saint Martin's for the SMU Open and will also compete at the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.
SMU-CWU-WWU Tri (Lacey, WA)
Women: 1. WWU -- 20, 2. CWU -- 46, 3. SMU -- 78
Men: 1. WWU -- 23, 2. CWU -- 34, 3. SMU -- 80
Lillianna Stelling (14:56.0), 2nd
Alexandra Laiblin (14:57.0), 3rd
Jane Barr (14:57.0), 4th
Sophia Galvez (15:00.0), 5th
Maddy Hutchison (15:00.0), 6th
Tracy Melville (15:03.0), 7th
Peyton Shinnick (15:03.0), 8th
Brook Wedin (15:17.0), 9th
Waverly Shreffler (15:26.0), 11th
Nicole Vijgen (16:01.0), 17th
Andrew Wise (19:53.0), 2nd
Dylan Hayes (20:03.0), 5th
Eric Hamel (20:06.0), 6th
Sean Eustis (20:18.0), 12th
James Jasperson (20:23.0), 14th
Liam Cossette (20:25.0), 16th
Jadon Olson (20:39.0), 22nd
Colton Hoggarth (20:42.0), 23rd
Kyler Sager (20:53.0), 28th
Nick Siegfried (20:56.0), 30th
Colton Pulver (21:00.0), 32th
Porter McMichael (21:03.0), 33rd
Justin Irvine (21:06.0), 35th
Dario Cirlincione (21:28.0), 40th
Keaton Spiller (23:44.0), 47th
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