Huskies, Cougars Win Titles in Closest-Ever Sundodger
Sept. 22, 2001
LINCOLN PARK -
Washington's women's cross-country squad today captured its third-consecutive Sundodger Invitational championship at West Seattle's Lincoln Park, while the men placed second to Washington State. The Cougars' one-point margin of victory in the men's race was the slimmest-ever at the meet, but was enough to dash the defending-champion Huskies hope of a repeat.
Washington senior Sabrina Monro, running in her second meet for the Huskies since transferring from Montana, obliterated the course record by 48 seconds, winning the 5,000-meter women's invitational race in 16:06. Fellow Husky newcomer Lisa Gibbs placed second in 16:58, while UCLA's Alejandra Barrientos finished third. Husky junior Kate Bradshaw placed fifth, helping to spur the Huskies to a low score of 35, well ahead of UCLA's 53-point total. Auburn University placed third with 95, and Washington State fourth in 107.
Bryan Green of UCLA captured the individual title in the 8,000-meter men's invitational race in 24:11, pursued by a pack of Husky and Cougar runners who took nine of the next 12 places. Ian Johnson and Oscar Franco-Parra took second and third for the Cougars, while Washington's Jason Fayant (24:25), Dustin Duke (24:35) and Jeremy Park (24:37) captured the next three scoring positions. Washington's total score of 33 would have won eight of the previous nine Sundodger meets, but was not enough to eclipse the Cougars' score of 32. UCLA (86), Auburn (118) and Idaho (149) rounded out the top five.
In morning action, David Milne of the University of British Columbia won the men's open race, for non-Division I competition, and Northwest Nazarene took the team title. In the women's open race, it was UPS' Dana Boyle earning medalist honors in 17:!3, with Northwest College winning the team competition.
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