Geoducks Fast at Willamette University's Charles Bowles Invitational

Contact: Erik Snyder (360) 867-6537
Sports Information Director
The Evergreen State College

October 1, 2005

SALEM, Ore. -- Running in an event that featured six races, 77 teams and 1300 competitors-and perhaps will be the most competitive race the teams will see outside the NAIA National Championships-the Geoducks cross country teams recorded their highest ever finishes at Willamette University's Charles Bowles Invitational.

"Overall, I'm very pleased with our progress since our first meet.Both teams are really starting to click and becoming a strong unit," said Geoduck head coach Craig Dickson.

In the Men's College Open Race that boasted a field comprised of NCAA Division II, III and NAIAteams, 270 runners crossed the finish line representing nine nationally ranked teams, and the Geoducks found themselves right in the thick of things. Evergreen finished 19 th out of 29 schools, was the seventh-highest finisher of NAIA Region Ischools, and now has 3 runners currently top 20 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

The top three runners for the Geoduck men finished in a tight bunch with Josh Klimek (26:43/96th place)crossing the line 22nd among Region I competitors and 19thin theCascade Conference.

Freshman Miguel Pineda (26:57.95/109th)followed Klimek 14 seconds and 13 places behind.

Jimmy Hudson (27:14.30/131st)was another 17 seconds and 22 places behind Pineda.

Joel Pearson and Patrick Murphy finished out the scoring for Evergreen with Pearson claiming 160th place with a time of 27:39 and Murphy breaking the tape in 29:04 for the 230th spot.

Jason McConnell was a scant 26 seconds back of Murphy (29:30/240th ) and Bryan Torian recorded a time of 32:53.

"The results are very encouraging because we had the hardest Monday and Wednesday workouts I've given any team. And we aren't at full strength by any means."

The race was dominated by NCAA DII Chico State, the number four team in the nation, as the Wildcats took the top six places and and a perfect score.

The women's side fielded strong competition as well with 258 finishers and seven ranked teams. Evergreen finished 25th out of 30 teams and was the seventh place NAIA Region I finisher.

Freshmen Cayenne MacKillop again led Evergreen with her 92nd place in a season's besttime of 19:49.20. This placed her 19th among Region I competition and 11th in the Conference.

Junior Rachel Williams followed22 seconds and 33 places behind MacKillop in 20:11.80. Her finish puts her 20th in the Conference.

Freshman Kelsey Blair was the third finisher for the Geoducks with a time of 21:52 good for 210 th place. Junior Liesl Plomski ran a 22:45 to finish 16 spots behind Blair and Amanda Kirklin was the final Evergreen scorer in 229 th place with a time of 22:46.

Amanda Ball crossed the line in 31:54.

"Our women's team will need to get the third through fifth runners to close the time gap on our second runner, but I'm confident we'll see that happen as we progress."

The two teams run their final home race of the season this Saturday as they host the annual Pete Steilberg open at 10:00 a.m. The race will feature teams from Washington and Oregon including Northwest University, St. Martin's University, Warner Pacific College, Western Oregon University, and Everett CC.