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Cross Country Pre Season 2004 News Release

August 10, 2004

by Craig Dickson

OLYMPIA, WA - Geoduck Cross Country will be at its strongest since its reinstatement in 2001. The Men's squad will feature great local talent and have added depth to the women's team.

Coach Craig Dickson announced he has signed two names that are familiar to South Sound residents. Sean Gaskell, a 2002 graduate and All-State athlete from Capitol High School, is a transfer from Eastern Oregon University where he competed on their varsity team in 2002. He earned a 17th place finish in the Regional Championships that year. Sean left EOU for a different academic path and spent 2003 taking courses at SPSCC. The second athlete, Miguel Pineda, is an incoming freshman from Tumwater High School. Miguel finished 11th at the 3A State Track and Field Championships in the 3200 meters this spring and 54th in the State Cross Country Championships in 2003.

In addition to Gaskell and Pineda, Evergreen added Grahm Wiley from Chewelah, WA. Grahm was All-League in the 2A Regional Championships in 2003. He sat out track due to a knee injury that has since healed.

These three are expected to contend for varsity spots and add yet more depth to it's strongest ever men's team. Others to watch this fall will be Juniors Josh Klimek, and Nathan Chambers. Last years number one and two runners respectively.

The women's team will be stronger with the addition of Ashley Allen of Oxford, MS. Ashley has been a student at Evergreen since 2003. While at Oxford High School, Ashley was the team captain for her cross country and track teams and earned All-State status in both sports. Ashley will join Sophomores Meagan Mower and Liesl Plomski as those to watch this fall.