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Evergreen's Top Runners Shine at Albertson Invitational

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

October 22, 2005

CALDWELL, Idaho -- Josh Klimek is returning to last season's All-American form just in time for the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships.

The senior from Centralia, Washington has posted some good finishes this season, but churned out by far his best race this fall cracking the 26 minute barrier and besting all collegiate runners in the Albertson Invitational eight kilometer race.

Klimek finished second to Greater Boise Running Club member, and former NCAA Div III All-American Jacob Stout. Stout's winning time was 24:51. Klimek was a scant two seconds back of Stout.

The pace set by the two leaders punished some of the top runners in the Cascade Conference, athletes that Klimek has trailed by over a minute in races earlier this season.

"Josh demonstrated with authority that he is rounding into top form in his quest for another spot in the National Championships," said Evergreen running coach Craig Dickson. "I'm very excited to see Josh running so well. He's one of those athletes that I've seen something click in their training and in their eyes that tells me that he is ready to get rolling."

Evergreen's number two runner, Miguel Pineda, also ran a lifetime best, finishing 13th overall with a time of 26:45.

Albertson College, ranked 10th in the NAIA took the overall team title with an 11 point win over EOU who's ranked 28th in the nation.

Evegreen finished in third place with James Hudson climing 17 th place with a 27:25 run. Patrick Murphy and Jason McConnell rounded out the Geoduck scorers with times of 29:12 and 29:22 respectively.

The women's side also saw a breakout performance as freshman Cayanne MacKillop ran another great race for Evergreen. Her time of 19:53 on the five kilometer course put her in seventh place overall ahead of many of the athletes that have topped her this season. "As a freshman, she's one of the best out there," said Dickson. "And certainly the best Evergreen has had."

Eastern Oregon U, who is ranked 9th in the NAIA currently, won the overall team title. Cynthia Mauzerall of The Greater Boise Running Club took the overall title in 18:20.

Evergreen's Rachel Williams finished 14 th with a time of 20:25. Kelsey Blair ran a season's best time of 21:12 for 20 th place overall. Leisl Plomski finished 25 th at 22:34. Amanda Ball ran an even 30:00 claiming 32 nd place.

The Geoducks have an off week before finishing the season at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships and Region I Championships November 5 th in Portland, Oregon.

Full meet results: http://www.albertson.edu/athlete/xc/stats/2005/10-22ACIM.htm