Evergreen Has Off Day at Sundodger Invitational

September 17, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Thirty one team including eight Region I schools met in Seattle to kick up some dust at the annual Sundodger Invitational this weekend. It was the first big meet of the year for Evergreen's men's and women's cross country teams, but both squads were only able to turn in mediocre performances.

The course was very congested due to the record number of participants, and a number of runners fell in the races due to the crowding including Evergreen's James Hudson. But Hudson was one of the bright spots for the Geoducks as he recovered from the spill in the race's crowded opening mile to turn in personal best time of 27:46. Patrick Murphy also set a personal mark of 29:35 on the day on the eight-kilometer course.

Evergreen's lead runner, Josh Klimek, started on a blistering pace but faded down the stretch to finish in 102nd place, 13 seconds slower than his best time on the course. Miguel Pineda finished second for the Geoducks with a time of 27:41. Joel Pearson was the fourth runner to score for Evergreen with a time of 27:51.

Evergreen finished in 23 rd place overall two spots behind conference foe Northwest University. Region I power Simon Fraser placed fourth while Southern Oregon finished eighth, Concordia was 11th , and Eastern Oregon rounded out the Cascade Collegiate Conference finishers in 14th place.

On the women's side, Evergreen was not able to field a scoring team due to injuries. Rachael Williams was the top Geoduck runner with a six-kilometer time of 26:22 good for 199th place. Liesl Plomski crossed the finish line in 247th place with a time of 28:37. Coach Craig Dickson hopes to have the team back at full strength in time for the Saint Martin's Invitational this Saturday at 10:00 a.m.