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Evergreen Cross Country Klimek to run at Nationals 2004

November 6, 2004

PORTLAND, Ore-When it mattered most, the Evergreen men's and women's cross-country teams ran the best team races of the year. Running in the NAIA Region I Championships against some of the fastest competition in the country, the two squads combined for eight season best times, the women shaved over three minutes off their team time and the men cut their team time by five minutes from a race run on this same course two weeks ago.

The Evergreen men were paced by Josh Klimek, the team's top runner, who completed the course in 26:28 for a 22nd place overall finish and a top 10 finish in the conference to earn All-Conference status. Klimek's performance was also good enough to qualify him for a trip to the National Championships in Louisville, KY on November 20th. Klimek is the first runner from Evergreen ever to qualify for the National Championships and had to pass four runners in the final 100 meters of the race to gain the invitation.

The rest of the men who scored in the event for Evergreen were separated by a mere 1:52, the best team pack time for the Geoducks all season and a 1:54 improvement over the NAIA Preview Meet run a fortnight ago. Scoring for Evergreen were Sean Gaskill in 50th place with a time of 27:38, Jason McConnell in 53rd place at 27:45, James Hudson ten places back at 28:03, and Kyle Skaggs in 71st place with a 28:20 pace.

On the women's side, Meagan Mower paced the team with a time of 21:01, good enough for a 54th place overall result. Mower and her teammates shaved nearly three minutes off their pack time from the Preview meet two weeks ago as Liesl Plomski finished in 22:10 and 69th place, Rachel Williams crossed in 72nd place with a time of 22:45.