Evergreen Cross Country

June 22, 2001

OLYMPIA, WA -- The coaching staff for the first Evergreen intercollegiate cross country team in 16 years is complete, as today the Department of Athletics and Recreation announced Kristen Mora as assistant coach.

Mora was a star in both cross country and track and field at the University of Indiana a decade ago, qualifying twice for the NCAA National Championships. In 1990, Mora earned All-American honors for the Hoosiers track and field team.

"It's a surprise that Kristen contacted me about the assistant coach position," said Geoduck head coach Craig Dickson. "I knew that she was very active in the running community in Seattle, and was excited to hear that she wanted to help our program."

Prior to coming to Evergreen, Mora coached with former world-record holder Doris Heritage at Seattle Pacific University in 1997. She currently works as the Director of Marketing with Footzone, a running-based company in Seattle, along with organizing various community training groups in the Emerald City.

"She will definitely be more than a van driver," Dickson said jokingly. "We will have a big enough team this year that we will need two coaches. Kristen will help with motivation and timing in practice, along with offering a different point of view when it comes to training."

The Geoducks, who fielded an intercollegiate team from 1983-85, will hold an intra-squad time trial on Sept. 1 and open the season at the Saint Martin's Invitational in Lacey on Sept. 15.