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Evergreen Open Results

October 18, 2003

OLYMPIA, WA - The home course for the first Evergreen Open was muddy, soggy and slowed times for the dirt-covered runners. Even so, some may argue that the only problem with the weather was that it was too nice. Today's weather broke warm and sunny, the first real sun after three days of hard rains. It was a day of honest cross country over a course that included dirt barriers, straw bales and a single person wide steep hill climb. Evergreen played host to athletes from twelve colleges and universities and a large number of open and club runners in the first cross country meet in since the school opened in 1967.

The 2002 NAIA National Champions from Northwest College slogged their way to a win with a score of 42 points placing three runners in the top four spots. The over-all winner was Natasha Wodak of Simon Fraser University . The tenth place finisher at the National Championships in 2002 ran a time of 18:11 over the five-kilometer course which was good enough for a four second win over Danyel Longmire from Northwest . Evergreen senior Candy Owens (20:53) was the first Geoduck in a strong 52 nd place overall and 45th collegian in the competitive field. Teammate Meagan Mower was close behind in 63 rd place (21:18). Evergreen placed 9th as a team overall.

Harriers in the men's race competed over a four-mile course in another very competitive race of the day. Front runner for the men's team, Josh Klimek, again was the first for Evergreen across the line in 55th place overall (22:05). Simon Fraser standout Richard Mosley (20:10) led from the gun and secured an eleven-second victory over British Columbia's Jerry Ziak . The University of Washington "B" team took the team title with 41 points. Evergreen placed 9th .

All in all it was an outstanding day of cross country in Olympia . "When I scheduled this meet originally, I thought we'd get entries from five or six schools. Having each race with over a hundred competitors was an exciting surprise" Noted Coach Dickson who added, "the depth of the competition was outstanding for a smaller sized meet. I think it had to be the Geoduck trophies that brought them here". The presence of several top NAIA schools and the very strong "B" teams from UW and UP certainly added to the strong fields. The Geoducks were off their game for today's races with only a few notable performances. "Both our men and women's teams weren't looking sharp today" Commented coach Yoder. "We looked tired. On the women's side, Candy and Meagan had a solid race along with Lacy. For the men, only Josh seemed to be racing today and even he was a bit off".

Evergreen has two weekends off before competing in the Region I/Cascade Conference Championships on November 8 th in Vancouver , BC . The race will determine which teams and individuals from Region I will make it to the NAIA National Championships on November 22 nd in Louisville , Kentucky .

Team Scores

Women

  1. Northwest College 42
  2. Washington "B" 52
  3. Simon Fraser 55
  4. British Columbia 80
  5. Central WA 144
  6. Southern Oregon 165
  7. Western WA 223
  8. St. Martin 's 230
  9. Evergreen 255

Men

  1. Washingon "B" 41
  2. 52 Simon Fraser 57
  3. British Columbia 77
  4. Univ. of Portland "B" 80
  5. St. Martin 's 137
  6. Southern Oregon 175
  7. Central WA 182
  8. Pacific Lutheran 196
  9. Evergreen 264
Full Results
Women 5k
Men 4 mile