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Evergreen Prepares for Cascade Conference Championships

Contact: Erik Snyder (360) 867-6537
snydere@evergreen.edu
Sports Information Director
The Evergreen State College

October 15, 2005

PORTLAND, Ore. -- This weekend the Geoduck cross country teams raced in the Cascade Invite on the course that will be used the upcoming conference and Regional I Championships. Head coach Craig Dickson used the meet to prepare both squads for success on November 5th .

"This meet gave our front runners a chance to see where they stand in the ranks for an individual trip to Nationals. With both teams not being worried about National rankings, we had the luxury of not having to take big risks, which is great when head colds are making the rounds and injuries from the increased intensity of workouts appear," said Dickson.

Dickson held two runners out of competition on the women's side leaving Evergreen four runners in the race. The Geoducks number one runner, Cayenne MacKillop, ran a strong, controlledrace to place 46th overall in 20:11. She is in striking distance ofearning aplace to Nationals. Rachel Williams was 28 seconds behind MacKillop in 62 nd place, while Kelsey Blair crossed in 94th place with a time of 22:14 and Liesl Plomski ran a 23:29 finishing 102nd .

In the men's eight kilometer race, five of the six top runners had seen the championship course before, so the group started conservatively and ran as a pack. As the race progressed Josh Klimek, Miguel Pineda and James Hudson moved strongly through the field.

Klimek finished first for Evergreen at 27:36, good for 37th place. Pineda was 13 spots back with a time of 28:03. Hudson finished just four spots later in 54th at 28:16.

Jason McConnell and Joel Pearson and Patrick Murphy finished in a group claiming 95th (30:42), 96th (30:43) and 98th (30:48) places respectively with Pearson running just to get a feel for the course as he recovers from abdominal injuries. Dylan Cerling and Brian Torian rounded out Evergreen's runners with Cerling running a 33:07 for 106th place and Torian one spot behind with a time of 33:12. Evergreen races again next weekend in Caldwell, Idaho before heading back to Portland for the Cascade Conference and Region I Championships. Full results at http://www.cascade.edu/athletics/schedule-mtrack.asp