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Evergreen Cross Country heads to Regionals 2004

November 2, 2004

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OLYMPIA, Wash.-The Evergreen cross country teams will be heading to Portland, OR on Saturday to compete in the NAIA Region I Championships. The Geoduck runners have their work cut out for them as both the Cascade Collegiate Conference and the Region are better and deeper than ever before. Region I is currently the toughest in the nation with five school ranked in the nation's top 25 teams on both the men's and women's side.

The women's team, while at a disadvantage with low numbers, hopes to improve on last years 8th place finish in the Region and 5th place in the CCC. Meagan Mower will lead Evergreen, hoping to better her 31st place finish in the '03 Cascade Conference and 59th place in Region 1 .Number three runner Rachel Williams has been battling lower leg problems but is on the mend and hopeful for the weekend.

The Evergreen men team will have all nine runners competing for only the second time this season. If the Geoduck men have a career day, a top five finish in the Cascade Conference would be a possibility. The men finished 6th in CCC and 9th in Region 1 in '03.

Evergreen's best shot at earning All-Conference honors (by recording a top ten finish) is Josh Klimek (14th CCC/30th Region 1 '03). With a strong performance Klimek can earn a trip to the National Championships in Louisville, KY on November 22nd.