Sept. 14, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. -
Western Washington University had strong performances, placing third in the men's run and fifth in the women's competition, at the Sundodger Cross Country Invitational held Saturday morning at Lincoln Park.
The Viking men had 77 points, trailing team champion Chico State (36) and British Columbia (60) among 19 teams. Simon Fraser (146) was fourth.
In an 18-team field, the WWU women had 147 points. British Columbia (44) took top honors, followed by Simon Fraser (64), Chico State (91) and Trinity Western (134). Seattle Pacific was sixth (164).
"It was a good effort by both squads," said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell (27th year). "Everybody ran well and did a good job of staying together."
Redshirt freshman Matt Lutz (Bremerton/Olympic) placed 13th to lead the Viking men, completing the 8-kilometer course in 25:18. Nathan Richards (Jr., Longview/R.A. Long), who was a redshirt last year after transferring from Clark CC, finished 17th in 25:21.
Completing WWU's top five were Tanner Boyd (Sr., Camas), 18th (25:23); Isaac Griffith (So., Spokane/Lewis & Clark), 21st (25:28); and Dylan Peterson (Sr., Seattle/Garfield), 29th (25:40).
Placing first in 24:42 was former Viking All-American Dak Riek. He won by four seconds over UBC's Jack Williams.
Katelyn Steen (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake) paced the WWU women, crossing the finish line 11th with a time of 21:53 over the 6-kilometer distance.
Three freshmen ran well for the Vikings, Lillianna Stelling (Langley/South Whidbey), who took top honors at the Central Washington Apple Ridge Run last week, was 23rd in 22:19; Sofia Marikis (Nine Mile Falls/Lakeside) 52nd in 22:57, and Sara Taferre (Fr., Vancouver/Skyview) 59th in 23:08.
Taylor Guenther (So., Vancouver/Prairie) placed 33rd (22:32) for the Vikings with Arielle Walton (Sr., Issaquah) 57th (23:07) and Haley O'Connor 67th (23:16).
The women's individual champion was Sarah Inglis from Trinity Western. Her time of 21:12 was seven seconds better than runner-up Maria Bernard from UBC.
WWU next competes Saturday, Sept. 21 (10 a.m.), at the Eric Anderson Invitational in Spokane. The Plantes Ferry Sports Complex course will also be the site of this year's NCAA Division II West Regional and national championship meets.