Cross Country Turns in Solid Performances in Split Squad Action

Sept. 23, 2017

Roy Griak Invitational Results | Saint Martin’s Invitational Results

– The Western Washington University cross country teams performed well against deep and talented fields of competition while battling the heat at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday with the men placing 4th and the women placing 7th at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Another contingent of Vikings competed at the Saint Martin’s University Invitational on Saturday in Lacey, Wash., with the men placing 2nd and the women placing 5th.

The prestigious Roy Griak Invitational, in its 32nd year of existence and hosted by the University of Minnesota, featured 43 women’s teams and 45 men’s teams in the NCAA Division II races. Race times were modified Saturday to begin earlier in the morning than originally scheduled due to anticipated high temperatures and heat index.

The WWU men totaled 195 points in 4th place among 45 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational, and finished 2nd among West Region schools. The Vikings were led by senior Andrew Wise (Denver, CO/East) in the 8K race, placing 16th in a time of 26:32.9. Sophomore Jadon Olson (Mill Creak, WA/Jackson) was 45th (26:57.7), junior Dylan Hayes (Seattle, WA/Garfield) placed 45th (26:59.1) and freshman Liam Cossette (Spokane, WA/Ferris) was 47th (27:00.2) to give the Vikings four finishers among the top 50.

Senior Sean Eustis (Washougal, WA) finished 67th as the final scoring placer for the Vikings in a time of 27:15.4. Sophomore James Jasperson (Lacey, WA/North Thurston, Everett CC) was 142nd in a time of 28:15.6 while redshirt junior Kyler Sager (Snohomish, WA/Everett CC) finished 165th with a time of 28:26.5. As a whole, the men’s race featured 447 placers.

“They ran well, they went out with the leaders – I mean I know Andrew (Wise) did,” head coach Pee Wee Halsell said. “They went out in the heat, (which) made them suffer a little bit, but as a whole ran real solid and I’m really excited about both squads.”

The WWU women finished with 205 points in 7th place and 3rd among West Region schools at the Roy Griak Invitational. Senior Lillianna Stelling (Langley, WA/South Whidbey) was 28th as the top placer for the Vikings in the 6K race, finishing in a time of 23:27.4. She was followed by senior Alexandra Laiblin (Oak Harbor, WA) in 35th with a time of 23:38.7.

Freshman Jane Barr (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt) placed 41st (23:42.9) to give the WWU women three placers among the top 50 while redshirt sophomore Tracy Melville (Lamont, WA/Lind-Ritzville/Sprague) finished 53rd in a time of 23:53.3. Sophomore Peyton Shinnick (Maple Valley, WA/Tahoma)) finished in 60th place (24:01.2) to round out the scoring for WWU.

Senior Maddy Hutchison (Snoqualmie, WA/Mount Si) placed 63rd (24:04.2) and sophomore Sophia Galvez (Los Alamos, New Mexico) was 94th in a time of 24:32.0 among the field of 392 finishers.

“They ran well, I was pleased with that,” Halsell said. “…I can see us getting better, I think the heat bothered at least one or two of our ladies but they’re going to get better, they’re rounding out, so that’s exciting.”

Augustana (S.D) claimed the men’s team title, totaling 49 points. UC San Diego (148) was 2nd, followed by Central Missouri (167) and the Vikings in 4th.

On the women’s side, Simon Fraser won the team title with 73 points to edge Pittsburg State (75). The University of Mary (99) was 3rd followed by Augustana (S.D.) in 4th (135), Northern Michigan (192) in 5th, UC San Diego in 6th (194) and the Vikings in 7th.

At Saint Martin’s, the WWU men were 2nd of 13 teams with 85 points, trailing only Southern Idaho (53). Redshirt sophomore Peter Butler (Port Angeles, WA) was the top WWU finisher in the 8K race, placing 10th in a time of 27:17.1. Redshirt freshman Porter McMichael (Richland, WA/Hanford) was also among the top 15, placing 14th in a time of 27:28.1. Colton Hoggarth (Yakima, WA/West Valley) was 21st (27:44.9), Logan Giese (Spokane, WA/Central Valley) 26th (27:55.2) and Colton Pulver (Wasilla, AK) 31st (28:02.4) to complete the WWU scoring.

For the women, the Vikings were 5th with 131 points, led by sophomore Waverly Shreffler (Sequim, WA) with a 5th-place finish in a time of 19:14.3 in the 5K race. Freshmen Brook Wedin (Mora, MN) followed in 8th (19:19.7) while sophomore Aundrea Koger (Osage City, KS) placed 14th with a time of 19:42.4.

Sophomore Nicole Vijgen (Mukilteo, WA/Kamiak) finished 54th in 21:04.6 and sophomore Talia Dreicer (Los Alamos, NM) was 57th in 21:12.4 rounded out the WWU scoring. Linfield was the team champion on the women’s side with 52 points.

“Each week we’re progressively getting better and that’s the idea to where we want to peak and get to the national meet, at the regional level is where we’re hopefully going to have our best race – along with nationals –  but as a whole I think we’re progressing well,” Halsell said.  “I can see that that the heat was impacting them (today in Minnesota) a little bit, but I can see them finishing strong as the season progresses and towards the end of the races.”

The Vikings will return to action in October as WWU hosts the 44th Annual WWU Classic (Oct. 7) as well as the GNAC Championships (Oct. 21). Both races will be held at East Lake Padden Park.

Roy Griak Invitational Team Scores:

Women Top 10 [Full Results]

  1. Simon Fraser (73)
  2. Pittsburg State (75)
  3. University of Mary (99)
  4. Augustana (S.D.) (135)
  5. Northern Michigan (192)
  6. UC San Diego (194)
  7. Western Washington (205)
  8. Wisconsin-La Crosse (228)
  9. Minnesota-Duluth (264)
  10. Minnesota State (303)

Men Top 10 [Full Results]

  1. Augustana (S.D.) (49)
  2. UC San Diego (149)
  3. Central Missouri (169)
  4. Western Washington (195)
  5. Sioux Falls (247)
  6. Wisconsin-La Crosse (277)
  7. Minnesota-Duluth (292)
  8. Simon Fraser (297)
  9. Pittsburg State (298)
  10. Pittsburg State (313)

WWU’s Finishers (Roy Griak Invitational):



Saint Martin’s Invitational Team Scores:

Women’s Top 10:

  1. Linfield (52)
  2. Southern Idaho (65)
  3. British Columbia (69)
  4. Saint Martin’s (128)
  5. Western Washington (131)
  6. Alaska Fairbanks (192)
  7. Spokane CC (203)
  8. Central Washington (230)
  9. Treasure Valley CC (231)
  10. Clark College (254)
  11. Lane CC (261)
  12. Multnomah (278)
  13. Olympic College (371)
  14. Mt. Hood CC (396)
  15. Green River CC (414)

Men’s Top 10:

  1. Southern Idaho (53)
  2. Western Washington (77)
  3. Lace CC (85)
  4. Alaska Fairbanks (99)
  5. British Columbia (105)
  6. Central Washington (147)
  7. Saint Martin’s (172)
  8. Linfield (209)
  9. Treasure Valley CC (211)
  10. Everett CC (243)
  11. Clackamas CC (273)
  12. Mt. Hood CC (355)
  13. Olympic College (367)

WWU’s Finishers (Saint Martin’s Invitational):




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