Cross Country vs St. Martins 2004

September 28, 2004

Olympia, WA-In their third meet of the season, the Evergreen men's and women's cross country teams continue to show improvement even as injuries and sickness trickle through the team. The two teams participated in the Saint Martin's Invitational over the weekend where the men finished in sixth place despite being without the services of key runners Sean Gaskell, Jason McConnell and Grahm Wiley who are all out with injuries. Walk-ons James Hudson and Sam Johnson filled out the squad in the 8k event. Gaskell, McConnell and Wiley are expected back for next weeks Willamette Invitational which will be the most important meet of the season to date.

The overall winner of the race was Saint Martins College's Andy Prentice who completed the course in 26:10. Evergreen's top male runner was Josh Klimek who finished in 12th place with a time of 27:18 despite feeling the effects of a head cold that has been circulating through the team the last two weeks. Klimek was followed by Kyle Skaggs who finished in 37th place with a time of 28:20. Also scoring for the Geoducks were James Hudson, Robert Martindale and Sam Johnson who ran times of 29:24, 31:12 and 35:23 respectively.

Redshirt freshman Miguel Pineda ran an unattached time of 28:33.

For the women it was another strong day for the Geoducks as all four runners improved on the times they ran on this same Saint Martins course two weeks ago. The 5k race was won by Seattle University's Kelly Fullerton in a time of 18:04. Top Geoduck finisher Meagan Mower crossed the finish line in 30th place with a time of 20:54. Rachel Williams and Liesl Plomski were close on Mower's heels with times of 22:06 and 22:20 respectively. Lacy Kilty rounded out the Evergreen scores with a time of 26:52. Freshman Jessica Tweedy was held out of the race with an ankle injury leaving the Geoducks without enough runners to earn a team score.

"The women had a gutsy performance today and James and Sam really saved the day for us on the men's side," said head coach Craig Dickson. "I am please that all of the times dropped from two weeks ago."

The Geoducks travel to Salem, Oregon for the Willamette Invitational October 2nd and are hoping to have both teams back to full strength. Race time is 10:00 a.m.