Cross Country News

Uhlig (L) & Beckham (R) lead the Geoduck teamOctober 6, 2007

OLYMPIA , Wash . - Today's cold, wet weather signaled the kick-off to the best days of the cross country racing season at the 5th Annual Pete Steilberg Cross Country Open.

Teams and individuals representing nine colleges or universities slogged through muddy conditions over Evergreen's challenging home course.

Simon Fraser University swept both team titles in the women's and men's races.

The women's 5k was won by Meredith MacGregor of the Valley Royals in a time of 18:00.14, a pace of 5:47 per mile, who pulled away from a group of four in the last half mile. MacGregor is an All-American graduate of SFU.

SFU's Kristen Kolstad led her team as the first collegian across the line. SFU scored 32 points to beat runner up University of Victoria by 13 points. It was the 4th team victory for the SFU women at this meet.

Evergreen's top finisher was Kelly Beckham (So, Redmond, WA) in 19:59, followed closely by teammate Emily Uhlig (Jr, Renton, WA) in 20:02. Redshirt Geoduck Ana Casillas was a spot ahead of Beckham in 19:58. The home team finished 7th overall.

A course record was broken in the men's 8k race by Daniel Mallie of The University of Victoria who's time of 25:13 bettered the former standard by 11 seconds. The top three across the line in fact bettered the previous best in a tight battle that sorted itself out in the final three minutes.

Like the women, Simon Fraser's men finished ahead of Canadian rival UVIC 28 to 41 points. The top finisher for The Clan was Dylan Gant.

Brian Rakestraw (So, Woodinville, WA) crossed the line first for Evergreen and 12th overall. His time of 26:30 is the best time posted by a Geoduck on their home course.

Many of today's team's will be back at Evergreen on November 3rd for the NAIA Region I Championships, a meet that will feature 18 teams from the region and decide individual and team qualifiers for the National Championships in Kenosha, WI November 17th.

The Geoducks head to Portland, OR next week for the Warner / Cascade Open.