Hudson earns top 10 finish at Warner-Cascade Open
October 14 , 2006
PORTLAND, Oregon - Evergreen's XC Men's team member, James Hudson, had the best race of his career today at the Warner Pacific - Cascade College cross country meet today. Hudson, a junior at Evergreen, finished 6 th overall in 26:20 in the 8k (4.97 miles). It was a personal best by 45 seconds and his best on this course by nearly a minute.
Hudson ran with the lead pack of 7 for the first three miles, giving chase to some of the best runners in the Cascade Conference, before fading off the pace. "I'm happy for Jimmy's breakthrough" commented head coach Craig Dickson. "He works tremendously hard and he really wants a trip to Nationals". Hudson qualified for and ran in the NAIA Track and Field National Championship marathon last May and has a realistic shot of earning an individual berth to the Cross Country National Championships in November.
Corban College , ranked in the top 30 in the NAIA, put 4 runners in the top 10 to take the team title with 36 points. Portland State was second with 38 points, Evergreen third with 75 points and Warner Pacific with 98. Cascade College and Northwest Christian had incomplete teams. The race was won by Ben Snell of Corban with a time of 25:37. There were 34 finishers.
Other finishers for Evergreen included Eric Jones (12th, 27:11), Graeme Paulsen (18th, 28:06), Jason McConnell (19th, 28:26) and Darin Martin (20th, 28:37). Freshman Brian Rakestraw, Evergreen's number one runner, had an off week. He also is a strong candidate for a Nationals berth.
In the women's 5k, Kelly Beckham continues as the Geoducks number one runner and one of the best freshman runners in the conference. She finished 12th with a time 19:12. It was her best effort of the season at the distance. While Evergreen didn't run a full scoring team at this meet, they had strong performances by other team members. Emily Uhlig (22nd, 19:39) had a seasons best. Kelsey Blair (37th, 20:49) and Amanda Kirklin (47th, 22:34) both had personal bests.
Evergreen's women will be running a full team at next weeks home meet.
Portland state won the women's team title with 58 points, Corban was second with 62, Oregon State was third and the University of Portland 's "B" team was fourth. Evergreen, Warner Pacific, Cascade and Northwest Christian did not run complete teams. There were 51 runners in the women's race.
Evergreen will host the 4th annual Pete Steilberg Open next Saturday on Evergreen's campus. Participating teams will be NAIA number one ranked women's team and 23rd ranked men's team, Simon Fraser University, 13th ranked men's team Concordia University and Club Northwest. The women's race will be at 10 AM followed by the men's at 10:45 AM.