Western wins women's title, third in men's run, at CWU Apple Ridge Invitational
Sept. 10, 2011
YAKIMA, Wash. - Western Washington University freshman Katelyn Steen (Sammamish/Eastlake) made an impressive debut as she won the women's individual crown and helped the Vikings to a 28-point victory in the team standings Saturday at the Central Washington University Apple Ridge Run Invitational.
The WWU men, competing without most of their top runners, placed third among five teams.
Steen completed the 4-kilometer course in 15:43. That was 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Gylany Crossman from Lane CC. Seattle Pacific's Heidi Laabs-Johnson was third in 15:59.
"She ran solid," said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell (25th year) of Steen. "She went in there and competed well ... She's going to be a good one."
The Western women posted a winning point total of 20, followed by Seattle Pacific at 48 and host Central with 68.
Haley O'Connor (Fr., Sammamish/Eastlake) led another WWU grouping of six runners, placing 10th in 16:54.
Braden Timpe (R-Fr., Enumclaw) was the only Western runner among the top 10 men's finishers, placing 10th with a clocking of 21:15 over the 6-kilometer distance.
"We will run a few more of our men next week and aim to have all of them ready for the following week," Halsell said. "Today was a good effort by everybody who competed."
Seattle Pacific's Jordan Wolfe won the individual title in 20:15, seven seconds better than Central's Manuel Santos.
Seattle Pacific took the team championship with 31 points. Central was second (52), followed by Western (63), Lane CC (68) and Skagit Valley CC (134).
Western next competes in the Sundodger Invitational on Sept. 17 (9 a.m.) at Lincoln Park in Seattle.
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