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Teams Have Best Efforts So Far This Season

October 3, 2009

SALEM, Ore. - The men's and women's teams participated in the largest college cross country invitational on the west coast today at Bush Pasture park in the annual Charles Bowles Invitational hosted by Willamette University. Both Geoduck squads posted their best team averages and pack times to date.

The men's 8k race featured 314 runners representing NAIA, Community Colleges and clubs, the first time NAIA schools have not been combined with NCAA Div. II & III. Senior Brian Rakestraw again paced his team with an excellent 27th place overall finish and a time of 25:00.39, just fractions off his all-time fastest. Another outstanding performance by a Geoduck was by Junior Tyler Luce who cracked 28:00 for the first time, running 27:58 and bumped himself up to second man on the team.

Evergreen placed 22nd out of 28 teams, with Southern Oregon taking the team title. The race was won in an outstanding time of 23:49 by last years NAIA Champs third placer Abednego Magut of Azusa Pacific University.

Geoduck women were led by Sophomore Britta Peterson who is coming back well from her badly cut knee sustained from a fall a few weeks back. Peterson placed 109th and ran 19:49, a time just 6 seconds off of her '08 time and 51 seconds faster than last weeks run on ESC's home course. Sophomore Emily Baker gets the nod for the best performance of the day, improving nearly a minute and a half from her '08 time on the course and breaking 22 minutes for the first time as a Geoduck running 21:41.

As a team the women weren't ranked high in the scoring (22nd of 23) but improved their pack time.

Evergreen will take the upcoming weekend off before heading to Portland for the Warner Pacific Classic on October 17th.