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Runners enjoy return to WWU Invitational in Bellingham

October 7 , 2006

BELLINGHAM, Wash.- Evergreen sent a small group of harriers to the 33rd annual Western Washington Classic Cross Country Invitational. It was the first time Evergreen has competed here since 2001.

The women's 6k race saw the NAIA's Simon Fraser dominate the field of NCAA Div II, NAIA and Community College teams with a score of 36 points. Rose Wetzel of Club Northwest was the overall winner on the challenging Lake Padden course with a time of 22:07.

Evergreen entered just two runners in the women's race. Freshman Kelly Beckham finished a strong 35 place overall in 24:06. Emily Uhlig, a sophomore transfer, finished 64 th in 25:52. Kelsey Blair and Amanda Kirklin had an off week. There were 100 runners in the race.

The Men's 10k race was a 3 way battle to the finish with Simon Fraser's David Wambui taking the win by a lean in 32:10 over St. Martin's John Riak and unattached runner Sam Alexander. Western Washington University was the team champion with a total of 32 points. The Geoduck men finished 8th of the scoring teams represented.

Brian Rakestraw was the first Evergreen finisher placing 42nd overall in 34:49. James Hudson, having an off day, was the 2nd Geoduck in 69th place in 36:29, newcomer Eric Jones was in the thick of things in 72nd place (36:35), Jason McConnell was in at 36:52 (79th place) and Bryan Torian rounded out the top 5 geoducks in 116th place. Graeme Paulsen and Darin Martin were absent for this meet. There were 120 runners in the field.

Evergreen will next compete at the Warner Pacific / Cascade Open this Saturday in Portland , OR

Full Results below

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