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2008 CCC Championships

November 8, 2008

WEST SEATTLE, Wash. - Two Evergreen runners earned All-Conference Honors and qualified for the NAIA National Cross Country Championships on Nov. 22nd in Kenosha, WI. Annie Mullen and Brian Rakestraw were in the top 12 in their respective races, the cut-off for All-Conference recognition.

Recent hard rains made the usually fast Lincoln Park course sloppy and slower than conditions on Oct. 18th at the preview meet.

Both races featured the deepest conference fields in years and the women's 5k started off the day of races at 11 AM with 83 competitors.

The women's team had their best ever team finish at the CCC champs with a third place overall. Evergreen, who was ranked 31st in the NAIA polls last week, still has an outside chance to secure a team spot to the national championships. 32 teams will be selected for the championships. That news will be announced on Monday when the final polls are released.

Mullen (Northbrook, IL) was the top finisher for ESC today, running a great race and placing 11th overall. Aside from the women's team possibly qualifying to nationals, Mullen was the 5th individual not on a current qualifying team (NAIA ranked top 30) and likely has secured a trip to the championships. The five are also required to finish in the top 15 to be eligible for a spot.

Freshman Britta Peterson (Oak Harbor, WA) also ran an outstanding race to finish 15th overall. Usual #1 ESC runner Ana Casillas (Puyallup, WA) braved running with a head cold and ear infection to manage a strong 16th place. Senior Emily Uhlig (Renton, WA) and Karissa Carlson (Pateros, WA) rounded out the top five for the Geoducks in 23rd and 40th place respectively.

As a team, the women had their second best combined average for the top five for the 5k distance this season. Their best was on this course Oct. 18 with dry conditions. The pack time for places 1-7 was their best this season with a 2:56 spread.

In the men's 8k championships, the always competitive Rakestraw (Woodinville, WA) moved up well through the field in the competitive men's 8k to catch many slowing runners. The '07 All-Conference Jr. crossed the line in 12th place and the 3rd individual not on a qualifying team.

Rakestraw's trip to nationals will be his first in cross country and the second individual to go for Evergreen since Josh Klimek qualified in '04 and '05.

Senior Eric Jones (Vancouver, WA) ran a great final cross country race as a Geoduck to place 27th, his best finish at these championships.

'08 Shelton High School grad Daniel Paine finished 34th and Liam Rockwell (Vashon, WA) and Darin Martin (Falls Church, VA) finishing 59th and 70th for the Geoducks.

The men's team finished 7th as a team and equaled their conference ranking.

Evergreen's Women's Team Finishers:

11th Mullen, Annie. 18:56; 15th Peterson, Britta. 19:03 16th Casillas, Ana. 19:08; 23rd Uhlig, Emily. 19:22; 40th Carlson, Karissa. 20:10; 67th Farah, Lindsey 21:13; 73rd Leo, Diann. 21:52; 77th Baker, Emily. 22:32; 81st Coleman, Evelyn. 24:23.

Evergreen's Men's Team Finishers:

12th Rakestraw, Brian 25:52; 27th Jones, Eric 26:52; 34th Paine, Daniel 27:08; 59th Rockwell, Liam 28:24; 70th Martin, Darin 29:39; 80th Ryan Lara 30:50; 85th Nick Pace 31:25; 90th Clint Posey 33:31; 91st Alex Combs-Bachmann. 34:10