Cross Country News
October 20, 2007
EAGLE, Idaho - Emily Uhlig (Jr, Renton, WA) and Brian Rakestraw (So, Woodinville, WA) led their teams in respective races at the 2007 Cascade College Championships today, both earning All-Conference honors.
The women's team placed 6th overall in the competitive eleven team race held at the challenging Eagle Island State Park course near Caldwell, ID. Leading the Geoducks, Uhlig moved steadily through the field from 13th place at the first mile to eighth place at the finish and a time of 19:45.20 over five kilometers. In doing so she became the first female harrier to earn championship honors for Evergreen. The top twelve finishers are awarded All-Conference. Uhlig's '06 finish at these Championships was 18th.
Stephanie Helm of The College of Idaho pulled away early for the win with a time of 18:47.80. Eastern Oregon University won the team title.
Five additional Geoducks completed the traveling team for Evergreen. Kelly Beckham placed 24th overall in 20:37.7, Ariel Taylor was 36th (21:18), Ani Glass 58th (22:47), Diann Leo 66th (23:23) and Amanda Kirklin in 71st (24:08). There were eight-one finishers in the race.
Today's course offered a variety of challenges in terrain. Mud, sand, slippery up's and down's and lumpy grass fields. It provided a good prep for the teams when they face both the Region I Championship course at Evergreen and, for those who qualify, the National Championships in Kenosha, WI.
Evergreen entered five men in today's 8k race, led by sophomore Brian Rakestraw's eighth place finish. Rakestraw matched the previous best finish in these championships with Josh Klimek ('05) and became just the third All-Conference honoree for the sport. Klimek placed 10th in '04 and qualified for the National Championships in '04 and '05.
Rakestraw also moved up well through the field. At mile one he was at the tail end of a large pack of twenty-five runners following the hard starting, eventual winner Korey Humberston of OIT. By mile three he was thirteenth and moved into the top ten with a mile to go. Rakestraws final time was 26:43, an excellent time on the course and bettered his '06 place by five places.
OIT's Humberston was nearly caught at the end by C of I's Tyler Hopper, but his hard starting strategy paid off for a .80 second win in 26:06.40. Eastern Oregon also took home the crown in the men's team competition.
Eric Jones had a strong 33rd place (28:10) in his first race since late September, having taking time off to let a hip injury heal. Freshman Liam Rockwell placed 58th. Miguel Pineda, also back from an injury, ran conservatively to finish and complete a scoring team for Evergreen. He placed 60th. Tyler Luce rounded up the top five. The freshman finished in 71st.
Evergreen has a week off before they host the 18 team NAIA Region I Championships. Races that day will begin with the women's 5k at 10:00 AM and take place on campus at the soccer fields.