Cross Country News
October 18, 2008
WEST SEATTLE, Wash. - Evergreen's women's and men's cross country teams competed today at the Northwest University Invite and Cascade Conference Champs preview held at Lincoln Park. Many Geoducks set personal bests including an excellent team finish by the women.
The women's team (NAIA 37th ranked) place 3rd of 9 teams with 4 of Evergreen's top 5 breaking 19 minutes, a team first. The teams total time was 1:35:08 with an average of 19:01 for the top 5, both bests for any Evergreen women's team in school history.
Ana Casillas (Puyallup, WA) finished 17th overall in 18:44.5. Senior Emily Uhlig (Renton, WA), who recovered well from a early race fall, and frosh Karissa Carlson (Pateros, WA) were the next for ESC in 22nd & 23rd and times of 18:52.82 and 18:53.51 respectively.
ESC finished third with 66 points behind conference rival Concordia University (NAIA ranked 27th) who won the meet with 53 points and The University of British Columbia (23rd NAIA) who had 58 points.
Head coach Craig Dickson believes the performance will improve Evergreen's standing in the NAIA rankings.
"Our team is improving every week. It's exciting to coach a team with athletes that can cover each other if one isn't having their best day. Among our 2nd through 5th runner we've had a number of changes in team order. It's built healthy competition within the entire team and they've learned to work together really well".
Evergreen's men placed 6th overall with Eric Jones (Vancouver, WA) placing 17th overall in 26:39.66.
Evergreen's usual #1 runner Brian Rakestraw (Woodinville, WA) has been recovering from illness but ran to pace teammates Liam Rockwell (Vashon, WA - 28:07) and Darin Martin (Falls Church, VA - 28:21). Both who ran personal bests. Rakestraw pulled ahead from Rockwell in the final mile to finish 32nd overall. ESC also held out usual #3 runner Dan Paine (Shelton, WA) to rest a sore knee.
The Geoducks travel to Corvalis, Oregon for the Oregon State Beaver Classic next Saturday in their final regular season competition.