Evergreen Women Turn in Strong Performance at St. Martins

September 26, 2005

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In a ten-horse race, The Evergreen State College women's cross-country team held their own this weekend at the Saint Martins Invitational. Evergreen was one of two NAIA institutions participating in a strong field including nationally-ranked Seattle Pacific University and four other strong NCAA Division II teams.

The University of Victoria, another NAIA school but not part of the same region as Evergreen, surprised a lot of people with convincing team wins in both women's and men's races this year.

In the women's race Evergreen's had an excellent day with the strongest top five showing since 2001. Freshman Cayenne MacKillop and Kelsey Blair showed they prepared well over the summer. Both participated in their first race as Geoducks and MacKillop led the Evergreen squad with a 27th place finish and a time of 19:50. The result is the third fastest five-kilometer time ever recorded by an Evergreen woman.

Junior Rachel Williams (34th place) continues to improve and followed Cayenne to the finish just 20 seconds behind in her best performance ever. Her time of 20:10 was 1:53 faster than her time on this course in '04.

Top five Geoducks were Blair (21:50/63rd), Liesl Plomski (22:31/66th) and Amanda Kirklin (23:06/70th). Kirklin ran in her first race of the season having sat out the previous two meets with a hip-flexor injury.

The overall winner was Meredith Crane of SPU with a time of 17:33.

The men's team didn't have quite the success of the women's squad, but still turned in a sloid performance led by sophomore James Hudson. Hudson was the third Geoduck across the line, but his time of 28:14 (37th place) was a minute faster than his time in this race a year ago.

Senior Josh Klimek, still not at the top of his form, led Evergreen with a 19th place overall finish with a time of 27:37. Miguel Pineda (28:12) finished just ahead of Hudson in 34th place.

The Geoducks sat out usual top-three runner Joel Pearson for this meet to speed recovery of an injury.

Jason McConnell (59th /30:13), in his first race of the season since suffering a nasty, deep cut to his leg, and Patrick Murphy (62nd /30:31) rounded out the top 5.

First year Bryan Torian was our 6th across the line in 34:00.

John Riak of SMU set a new course record with his 25:49 finish.

The two teams race again October 1 at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, Oregon.

Women's Results / Team Score

1. Univ. of Victoria 26
2. Seattle Pacific 38
3. Western WA 101
4. St Martin's 114
5. Western Oregon 124
6. Evergreen 154
7. Bellevue CC 197
8. Highline CC did not score
9. Skagit Valley "

Men's Results / Team Score

1 Univ of Victoria 20
2. SPU 63
3. WOU 88
4. SMU 104
5. WWU 121
6 Highline 142
7. Evergreen 167
8. Bellevue CC no score
9. Skagit Valley CC "
10. Everett CC "