Cross Country News

September 14, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. - Standout performances were limited to few on the men's and women's cross country teams at today's University of Portland Cross Country Invite.

The University of Portland cross country teams got off to a fast start to open the 2007 season as the women and men Pilots swept their own meet, the West Coast Preview, held at Pier Park.

UP's women posted a dominating score of 17. Senior Bobeya Krishnek won the women's race and led eight Pilots among the top 10 individuals. Krishnek's time for the 6k course was 21:43.36.

Boise State placed second on the women's side with a score of 51, while Pepperdine took third with 89. Evergreen, who left home some team members, did not post a score.

Leading the Geoducks was Emily Uhlig, who started slow and gradually moved through the field to place 47th. Kelly Beckham was the next Evergreen finisher in 53rd place.

Portland 's men, ranked No. 14 in the USTFCCCA preseason poll, cruised to a victory as five Pilots finished among the top 10.

Boise State (69), Western Oregon (86), Pepperdine (91) and Seattle University (123) rounded out the top five of the 10-team field. Evergreen placed 10th as a team.

Gonzaga's Colby Litzenberger won the individual title with a time of 25:05.70 at the 8,000-kilometer course.

The Evergreen men's team has work to do, with over a minute and a half spread between their first and third runner it's evident that some team members are not yet where they need to be.

"Team members worked hard today" commented head coach Craig Dickson, "but it was hard for the majority of them because they arrived this season unfit to race. We have work to do".

Brian Rakestraw (So) led the team with his 41st place finish in a time of 27:15.

Both teams compete locally next weekend at SMU's Invite Saturday at 10 AM.