Harries Face Tough Competition

September 27, 2003

WEST SEATTLE, WA -- Sundodger has the reputation of being the most competitive cross country meet in the state. For the Evergreen team, they faced strong colleges from their region as well as other top Northwest NCAA DII, DIII and Junior colleges. Although still finishing low in the meet results as teams, both men’s and women’s squads ran their best race so far this season setting many seasonal bests and some all-time bests.

In the women's 5k race, Evergreen looked tight with their top three scorers today. Candy Owens, Meagan Mower and Liesl Plomski finished within 34 seconds of each other taking places 132 (20:55), 140 (21:05), and 155th (21:29) respectively. Drew Gaede (188th/23:04) and Renee Queneville (199th/25:02) rounded out the top five scorers. All Evergreen athletes recorded season best times with Meagan and Liesl moving to first and second on the all-time freshman list. Junior Gaede set a personal best by 58 seconds.

"The team was here to run today," said Head Cross Country Coach Criag Dickson. "I’m seeing so much improvement week to week. I’m confident that our small team is going to keep improving. Right now we don’t have a strong front-runner but Candy will take that roll as her fitness continues to return. She’ll pull the other team members to the higher places."

The overall winner in the race was unattached runner Jenny Rogers of Portland State who recorded 17:37 for the victory. The University of British Columbia took the team title in a rare win over Simon Fraser University. Region I teams took 3 of the top 4 spots setting up a great battle at Novembers Regional Championships. As a team, Evergreen finished 18th, in the 204 competitor race.

Like the women’s squad, the Evergreen men lack the depth to place high in the standings. However, the team looks to be stronger than any previous year with some breakthrough performances in today’s race. Josh Klimek and Nathan Chambers, both sophomores, led the team with seasonal best performances and best performances ever at this meet. Their respective times of 27:01 (71st) and 27:20 (86th) moves them to number one and two on the all-time list for sophomores. Chambers improved on his former number 3 placing on the all-time list by 22 seconds. Fellow sophomore John Each (28:56/151st) also notched a mark on the 2nd year record books hitting the number 3 spot. Newcomers Kyle Skaggs (29:14/162nd) and Robert Martindale (33:14/200th) completed today’s top 5.

"I was encouraged by the guys performances today," Coach Dickson said. "Nathan really popped one today and was nipping at Josh’s heels most of the race. We practice running close to each other and when it happens in a race it really pushes them to better performances”.

Richard Mosley of Simon Fraser led the men’s race from the start to win in 24:24. Western Washington University looked very strong for the team win over Simon Fraser. The men’s field had 203 finishers with Evergreen placing 18th out of 19 teams.

Evergreen heads to the Charles Bowles Invitational (formerly Willamette Invite) next Saturday where they will compete in the largest meet "west of the Mississippi”. Evergreen will add to the men’s squad freshman Stephen Plachta, sophomore Justin Porter and hopefully injured Ben Woodhouse to next weekend’s roster adding needed depth.