Cross-Country Sweeps Emerald City Invite

Sept. 8, 2001

WOODLAND PARK - Washington sophomore Dustin Duke and senior Sabrina Monro today won the men's and women's cross-country races, respectively, sparking the Huskies to victories at the Emerald City Invitational at Seattle's Woodland Park. Washington's men's and women's squads have won the last three-consecutive Emerald City meets, the season-opening competition for both teams.

Duke finished the 8,000-meter men's course in a personal-best 25 minutes, 44.34 seconds, leading a pack of five Huskies at the finish line. It was the first win for Duke, his previous best being a fifth placing at the 1999 Emerald City meet. Placing second was senior Mike Hill, in 25:57.22, followed by junior Jeremy Park (26:06.72), sophomore Ben Koss (26:11.47) and sophomore Todd Arnold (26:12.21). Freshman Michael Kiter, the two-time Washington state high school champion, ran unattached and placed sixth in 26:21.34.

Monro, making her Husky debut after placing second in the 2000 NCAA Championships for Montana, finished the 5,000-meter women's course in 17:17.03, nearly 21 seconds faster than second-place finisher Kate Bradshaw, the 2000 Emerald City champion. Freshman twins Lisa and Jamie Gibbs placed third and fourth for Washington, as the Huskies swept the top four spots in the women's race for the first time.

Washington will host the 2001 Sundodger Invitational at West Seattle's Lincoln Park on Sat., Sept. 22. Admission is free, with the women's invitational race beginning at 10:15 am, and the men's race at 10:45.

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