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Geoducks Open Cross Country Season

September 9, 2005

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Evergreen State College cross country teams squared off with cross-town rival Saint Martin's College on Friday evening opening both squads 2005 running season. The Saints swept the dual, but the men's side was a squeaker as the Geoducks lost the race by a narrow three-point margin.

The spread was the closest Evergreen has come to outrunning Saint Martins and Geoduck head coach Craig Dickson is hopeful his team can erase that gap when the two teams meet again later this season.

The Saints' John Riak, a North Thurston High School grad, looks to be one of the stronger runners in the Northwest this year and ran away from everyone early in the five kilometer race to win in 15:06. Evergreen's Josh Klimek had a good opener with a second place finish in 15:57.

Redshirt freshman Miguel Pineda was the second Evergreen runner into the chute with a time of 16:15, good for fifth place. Freshman Joel Pearson was seven seconds behind Pineda for sixth. Sophomore Jimmy Hudson recorded a top 10 finish running 16:22, and sophomore Patrick Murphy rounded out the scoring for Evergreen with a 12th place finish at 17:09.

On the women's side, Saint Martin's looked strong, putting four of their runners in front of Evergreen's top finisher. St. Martin's scored 16 points to Evergreens 43.

Janelle Probst of Saint Martins finished first with a convincing margin of victory. Her time was 18:36. Rachel Williams of Evergreen was the top Geoduck runner in 6th place with a personal best five kilometer time of 20:54 shattering her previous best of 21:35. The result is the sixth-best in Evergreen history. Evergreen's other scoring runner, Liesl Plomski, finished the course in ninth place with a time of 23:34. Evergreen was forced to hold two runners out of the race due to injuries and one redshirt freshman ran unattached.

Evergreen's next race is the Sundodger Invitational in West Seattle Saturday, September 17th at 9:00 a.m.