Cross Country News
October 25, 2008
CORVALLIS, Ore. - A fourth place overall finish for Ana Casillas (Puyallup, WA) headlines a great day of racing for the Geoducks at the Beaver Cross Country Classic hosted by Oregon State University. The women's team placed 3rd out of 14 teams and the men placed 8th of 14 in the two races that featured NAIA, NCAA Div. I, II & III and club teams.
Casillas opened up with a 5:42 first mile and attached herself to the front pack of 6 before Seattle University star Katie Hansen broke the race open around the halfway mark. Casillas remained in the chase pack and was able to catch a couple more with a strong finishing kick. The breakthrough race was put Casillas' well under her season's and personal best for the 6k distance as she crossed the line in a time of 21:54, a pace of 5:50 per mile and the second collegiate runner.
Hansen won the race in 21:10.
The teammates of Casillas had a great day as well. Emily Uhlig (Renton, WA), Karissa Carlson (Pateros, WA) and Annie Mullen (Northbrook, IL) chased Britta Peterson (Port Orchard, WA) who was running a strong second on the team. Uhlig (30th - 22:56) was able to move up through the pack and catch Peterson (33rd- 23:02) by the finish with Mullen (36th-23:06) not far behind. Carlson came in as the 5th runner in 48th place (23:31).
Seven Cascade Conference teams were at the meet, with ESC (#29 NAIA) finishing on top. Oregon Tech and Corban (top 40 NAIA ranked) were the next two conference teams respectively.
The University of Portland was the top college team, winning with 66 points.
The men finished ahead of two conference teams that beat them in Seattle last week, Warner Pacific and Cascade College. When scoring out the conference teams ESC placed 4th of the 7 teams represented.
149 men finished the 8k race and Junior Brian Rakestraw (Woodinville, WA) placed 15th overall running 5:01 per mile in the nearly 5 mile race. Rakestraw cracked the 25:00 barrier for the first time but was given the rounded up time of 25 flat in the officials. He placed 5th among the CCC runners in the race and split up the top 5 runners from meet winners Southern Oregon University (NAIA #8).
The Geoducks have an off week as they prepare for the Cascade Conference Championship in Seattle on November 8th.
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