Geoducks Preview CCC Champs Course
September 19, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Evergreen's Brian Rakestraw (SR, Woodinville HS) finished fourth overall and was the first college runner at today's Northwest Christian Invitational in Eugene. In the eight team meet Evergreen finished seventh.
On the women's side, Concordia scored 48 points to edge past Eastern Oregon, finishing with 50. The Cavalier's Alice Taylor won the race with a course-record time of 17:44 and was followed by EOU"s Karlee Coffey in second at 17:58.
Team scores had Concordia up front with EOU second. Host school Northwest Christian finished in third place with 59 points, Lane Community College took fourth with 112. Warner Pacific was fifth with 123 and was followed by Corban (138) and Oregon Tech (159).
Coach Dickson ran just four runners from the women's team because of recent bumps, bruises and work schedules but will run a full team for the Pete Steilberg Cross Country Classic at home Saturday.
The men's competition was won by Eastern Oregon in a meet that was largely made up of Cascade Conference Schools wishing to preview the November CCC Champs course.
EOU scored 27 points as a team, easily distancing themselves from the 62 tabulation from Concordia University. Warner Pacific took third with 85 points, followed by Corban (100), Northwest Christian (122), Evergreen State (163) and Oregon Tech (170).
The Mountaineer men had four of the top-six individual finishers among the collegiate runners, led by Kody Coxen who scored second-place points with an eighth-place overall finish. The top four runners were all unattached runners and following in fifth with the best time for a CCC athlete being by Rakestraw.
Rakestraw moved into fourth position by mile two of the race and stayed near the front group of four, one of whom eventually fell of the pace to be passed by the hard closing Rakestraw. Rakestraw crossed the line with a time of 25:46, his best early season mark so far in his career at ESC. His performance puts him in high ranking among individuals in the Cascade Conference with only powerhouse Southern Oregon and College of Idaho not attending this meet.
The NCU Invitational served as a defacto preview meet for the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships, which will take place on the same Dorris Ranch course on November 7th.