Cross Country News

November 7, 2008

OLYMPIA, Wash. - '07 All-Conference harrier Brian Rakestraw will lead the men's team at the upcoming Cascade Conference Championships in West Seattle this Saturday.

The Geoducks are currently ranked 7th in the conference.

Rakestraw is the best hope for an individual spot to the National Championships in Kenosha, Wisconsin on November 22nd. The junior would need to finish as one of the top 5 individuals not on a qualifying team and in the top 15 overall to secure a place on the starting line in Kenosha. Rakestraw has the 6th fastest 8 kilometer time in the conference.

Also looking good for ESC are Daniel Paine, who is the fastest frosh of all time for the Geoducks, and senior Eric Jones.

While the women's team dropped 2 spots in the finicky national rankings in last weeks NAIA rankings to 31st despite a great performance in Oregon, the team will not let that stop them from being the best team in Geoduck cross country history.

ESC sits at 3rd place in the conference behind #22 NAIA Concordia University and #12 College of Idaho.

Ana Casillas has been the teams number one runner all season and had a breakthrough performance on Oct. 25th in Corvallis, Oregon to lead the team to a 3rd place overall finish in a competetive 14 team meet. The junior athlete sits in good position for an individual spot to the National Championships and is shadowed by a quartet of Geoducks.

Senior Emily Uhlig ('07 All-Conference) has been a consistent second on the team most meets. Uhlig is joined by two freshman, Karissa Carlson and Britta Peterson, who have shown glimpses of their excellence throughout the season Rounding out the top 5 is Annie Mullen, a sophomore with the least experience of the group, with this being her first full season.

All of the top 5 women have a realistic shot of finishing in the top 12, which would earn one All-Conference honors.

Tomorrow's meet begins at 11 AM with the women's 5k followed by the men at 11:45. The races are being held at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.